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Welcome to The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, the heart and home of Pipe Bands world wide. The RSPBA is the recognised Centre of Excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band Music internationally.  Its services and facilities include:

  • education, training and certification in Piping, Drumming, Drum Majoring and Pipe Band Adjudication;
  • an annual Summer School
  • an Academy of Pipe Band Musicianship;
  • setting standards of Pipe Band competition performance;
  • organising the World, Scottish, British, UK and European Pipe Band Championships as well as the World Solo Drumming Championships;
  • publishing the official summaries of the results of the 5 Major Championships and the results of other Pipe Band competitions run under RSPBA rules

The RSPBA liaises closely with affiliated Pipe Band Associations world wide.

Headquarters News

with Ian Embelton, Chief Executive

2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
INTERNATIONAL QUALIFIYING EVENT

13th December 2018

We are pleased to announce that in addition to the four Regional Qualifying events for the 2019 Adult World Solo Drumming Championships in the UK, the RSPBA will also be holding an International Qualifying event at The Metro Cup event in Newark, New Jersey, USA, on 15th and 16th February 2019.

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2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
BRANCH QUALIFICATION EVENTS

09th December 2018

Please note that the 4 RSPBA Branch events for pre qualification of the 2019 World Solo Drumming are as follows:

06th April 2019 - Livingston - Lothian and Borders Branch
13th April 2019 - Kingdom Thistle - Dundee, Perth and Angus Branch
13th April 2019 - Location TBC - Northern Ireland Branch
27th April 2019 - Coatbridge - Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch

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2019 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
AND PLAYING REQUIREMENTS

05th December 2018

The 2019 Major Championships and Playing Requirements are now available

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NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR THE
WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

05th December 2018

The World Pipe Band Championship has been named 'Best Live Event of the Year' at the SSE Scottish Music Awards, held Saturday 1st December in Glasgow.

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EXAMPLE DRUM SCORES
FOR PRESCRIBED TUNE LIST

20th November 2018

The sample drum scores provided (snare, bass and tenor) have been written to compliment the pipe melodies and to give examples of scores that could be used to help a band to achieve good ensemble effect in their performance. The scores are written to cater for drum corps from those just starting out on their journey at RSPBA competitions, to those drum corps who have more competitive experience.

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2019 REGRADINGS
MUSIC BOARD MEETING

11th November 2018

The Music Board met on Saturday 17th November 2018 and approved the second changes for the 2019 season, all changes can be found below:

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
PROPOSALS FOR FRIDAY

16th November 2018

The RSPBA board of directors are looking into better use of the Friday at a 2 day world Pipe Band Championships.

One of the suggestions is that the Friday becomes the Juvenile World Pipe Band Championships with all Novice and Juvenile Bands and Junior and Juvenile Drum Majors completing their competitions on the Friday, and the prize giving also taking place on the Friday. There is also a capability for the prize winners from Friday could be invited to take part in the finale on Saturday.

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RSPBA PIPE BAND COLLEGE
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY

10th November 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting approved the formation of the RSPBA Pipe Band College. The main purpose of the College will be to improve standards in education and training for pipers and drummers leading to improved performance in the competition arena.

The College has within its structure, a Principal of Piping and a Principal of Drumming. The Board of Directors is seeking expressions of interest from Pipers and Drummers who are existing members of the RSPBA for these two new roles within the College. Individuals should be qualified to at least SCQF 6 in piping or snare drumming and hold an RSPBA Instructors Certificate........

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RSPBA PIPE BAND COLLEGE
GEOGRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION

10th November 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting approved the formation of the RSPBA Pipe Band College. The main purpose of the College will be to improve standards in Education and Training in piping and drumming leading to improved performance in the competition arena.

Each branch is requested to nominate an individual for the post of Geographical Representative in Piping and another individual for the post of Geographical Representative in Drumming..........

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2019 SUBSCRIPTIONS
NOW DUE

28th October 2018

Band fees and Overseas Association Fees for the 2019 season are now due for payment and payments can be made online.

Reminder for UK Bands: Payment is due by 30th November 2018 (as per Standing Orders and Rules, 3.2). Late Payment will incur a penalty of 20% of the current registration fee (Rule 3.1).

To make your payment please click here

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2018 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
STEVEN MCWHIRTER SECURES TITLE 9

21st October 2018

Steven McWhirter secured his ninth World Solo title by 5 points winning both the MSR and Hornpipe and Jig events.

We recorded the complete Adult Final and Juvenile 5 event at the 2018 World Solo Drumming Championships event on 18th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - Adult Final - RSPBA YouTube or Juvenile 5 Final - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

Full Adult Event

Full Juvenile 5 Event

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GRADE 4
SURVEY RESULTS

20th October 2018

The Musicboard have analysed the results of the survey which was issued to 203 grade 4 bands There was a disappointingly low return considering the perceived dissatisfaction with the current format. Only 17% of eligible bands replied.

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2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
FORMAT CAHANGES

17th October 2018

This is a reminder to all Adult Competitors at the World Solo Drumming Championships.

In February 2018 we communicated that there would be changes to the format of the competition for 2018.

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2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
STREAM DETAILS

17th October 2018

We are delighted to announce that once again Glasgow Life will be live streaming the World Solo Drumming Adult Final.

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2019 REGRADINGS
MUSIC BOARD MEETING

22nd September 2018

The Music Board met on Saturday 23nd September 2018 and approved the first changes for the 2019 season, all changes can be found below:

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2018 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
INTERNATIONAL JUVENILE TENOR

03rd September 2018

Online Entries are now available for the Andante Sponsored World Solo Drumming and International Juvenile Solo Tenor events.

Both events will be held on 20th October 2018 at the Glasgow Caledonia University.

Entries close on Friday 28th September 2018

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2018 WORLD CHAMPIONS
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY

19th August 2018

2018 saw 214 pipe bands from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Canada, Oman, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Eire, USA, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland take part. Over 30,000 people turned out to watch over 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title of World Champion in their respective grade where up to 40% of the competitors this year were under the age of 25.

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2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 FINAL (MEDLEY) YOUTUBE

18th August 2018

We recorded the Grade 2 Final (Medley) event at the 2018 World Championships event on 18th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

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2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 HEAT 2 MEDLEY YOUTUBE

18th August 2018

We recorded the Friday Grade 1 Heat 1 MSR event at the 2018 World Championships event on 17th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

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2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 1 HEAT 1 MSR YOUTUBE

18th August 2018

We recorded the Friday Grade 1 Heat 1 MSR event at the 2018 World Championships event on 17th August. These are all now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

»Read full article


2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
FRI & SAT LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE

15th August 2018

The 2018 World Pipe Band Championships will be streamed live on both Friday and Saturday and the details are as follows:.

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2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS
DATES & LOCATIONS

15th August 2018

The dates and locations for the 2019 Pipe Band Championships are now available.

  • British Championships - May 18th at Paisley
  • United Kingdom Championships - June 15th at Lurgan
  • European Championships - June 29th at Inverness
  • Scottish Championships - July 27th at Dumbarton
  • World Championships - August 16th/17th at Glasgow

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