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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

RSPBA
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

05th June 2020

Today, an email has gone to all Band Secretaries, of UK RSPBA Registered bands who have paid their 2019/2020 registration fees, regarding the rescheduled 2019 AGM with the following information.

On 13th March 2020 we advised that "The RSPBA Annual General Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 14th March 2020, in Glasgow, has been postponed due to the escalating coronavirus situation."

In light of the extraordinary challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak, we are having to do things very differently this year. I never thought I would say to our Members that they should not attend our AGM but that is what I am doing.

In light of the guidance issued by the Scottish Government that mandatory social distancing measures remain in place, except in specific circumstances, which do not include attending an AGM, people are required to stay at home.

Whilst we remain legally required to hold our AGM, the Stay at home Measures significantly restrict our ability to hold the AGM in the traditional way. As a result, The RSPBA Annual General Meeting will be held using proxy submissions and Members will not be able to attend in person.

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PRESCRIBED TUNES
NEW MARCHES AND STRATHSPEYS

03rd June 2020

The pipe music for 6 new tunes added to the prescribed list is now available. There are 3 x 2 part marches and 3 x 2 part strathspey's as follows.

New 2 parted marches - Corn Rigs are Bonnie, Coppermill and The White Cockade

New 2 parted strathspeys - Strathconnon, The Cowal Society and The Inverness Fiddler

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10 DAYS REMAINING
COMING HOME / IN THIS TOGETHER
COMPETITION 6/8 MARCH of 4 PARTS

03rd June 2020

Thanks for the submissions so far, the competition closes on 13th June 2020.

We are all disappointed that the 2020 Competition Season has ended before it began due to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), and our need to follow the government health advice.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020. To mark this occasion The Pipe Band College have set out the framework for a Composition Competition focusing on a 6/8 March of 4 parts.

The focus is to provide a challenge to our Juvenile Pipers and Drummers to develop an individual Composition as a Melody or Score as they are unable to engage in their normal practice regime whilst maintaining the need to remain at home and self-isolate. Entry is open to those who through their Band have registered with The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for the 2019/20 season.

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CANCELLED
LOTHIAN & BORDERS PEEBLES

16th May 2020

As a result of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the committee of Peebles Highland Games Association have decided to take the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year's event which was due to take place on Saturday 5th September.

Whilst we know that this decision will be disappointing for many, we feel it is the correct one to make in the interests of protecting the safety of the local community, competitors, spectators and officials many of whom travel from far and wide to come to Peebles.

Chris Patterson, Chairman of Peebles Highland Games Association said "It's been a very difficult decision to make. Having cancelled the Games in 2013 whist the drainage issues in Hay Lodge Park were being addressed we had hoped the Games wouldn't need to be cancelled again for a very long time. However, the ongoing threat from Covid-19 to the wellbeing of our community, visitors and volunteers has meant that we have to put safety at the forefront of our considerations and call-off the Games for 2020".

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LEARNING PAGES
SQCF/PDQB LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

13th May 2020

After our launch of the learning pages at the end of April, we are delighted to announce more content for those students interested in attaining certification in Levels 2 through 6

On our Outreach Program page you will find links to downloadable content for both students and instructors that can be used in conjunction with the Level Syllabus and the existing RSPBA Structured Learning Book already available via the Learning menu.

We are also including sample theory papers for each level.

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LEARNING PAGES
LAUNCHED

30th April 2020

Welcome to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Pipe Band College Learning pages.

We have made a few adjustments recently by adding a new layout and content which you can find within the Learning Menu above.

You can download our free Structured Learning Manuals and make use of Elementary Instructional Piping Videos recorded by Robert Wallace from Piping Press.

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2020 RSPBA SUMMER
SCHOOL CANCELLED

29th April 2020

Following the recent government announcement surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic, the Summer School Principal along with the Board of Directors have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 RSPBA Summer School.

In consideration of the forecast given by the Scottish Government regarding the management of public meetings, in that there will be a continued level of social distancing required for some time to come, essentially precludes a live Summer School event being managed.

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PRECIS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MEETING ON 25th APRIL 2020

29th April 2020

In adherence with the need for Social Distancing and the cancellation of a number of Branch Meetings, here is the précis of the Board of Directors meeting held on the 25th April 2020.

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ONLINE SUPPORT TUTORIALS
ELEMENTARY LEVEL LEARNING

27th April 2020

In these difficult times due to the Covid 19 virus the RSPBA are aware of the difficulties that its membership has in maintaining their involvement within the Pipe Band Fraternity and are making a concerted effort to engage the membership by raising awareness of their Educational aims and Objectives through the RSPBA Pipe Band College.

The Pipe Band College have identified several areas where they can impact and engage their members and have further released in their New Web site a series of Online Support Tutorials for the Elementary Level Learning.

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CANCELLED
GLASGOW, WEST OF SCOTLAND COWAL

13th April 2020

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch committee have continually been monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation and discussing our duty of care towards band members, Association staff/stewards/adjudicators and the wider general public.
With this in mind and the rapidly changing nature of the crisis, we regret to inform you that our indoor competition at Cowal on Saturday 29th August has been cancelled.

All fees paid for entry will be refunded.

GWOS Branch Committee

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CANCELLED
DUNDEE, PERTH & ANGUS THORNTON

13th April 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), the Dundee, Perth & Angus Branch of the RSPBA, as promoters of the Thornton contest scheduled for Saturday 04th July have cancelled the contests.

All entry fees paid by bands will be fully refunded.

Gary Mair
Dundee, Perth and Angus Branch Secretary

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COMING HOME / IN THIS TOGETHER
COMPETITION 6/8 MARCH of 4 PARTS

13th April 2020

We are all disappointed that the 2020 Competition Season has ended before it began due to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), and our need to follow the government health advice.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020. To mark this occasion The Pipe Band College have set out the framework for a Composition Competition focusing on a 6/8 March of 4 parts.

The focus is to provide a challenge to our Juvenile Pipers and Drummers to develop an individual Composition as a Melody or Score as they are unable to engage in their normal practice regime whilst maintaining the need to remain at home and self-isolate. Entry is open to those who through their Band have registered with The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for the 2019/20 season.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
CANCELLED FOR 2020

3rd April 2020

The World Pipe Band Championships 2020, due to take place at Glasgow Green on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August have been cancelled. The event, which attracts around 200 bands from around the world to compete, will return to Glasgow in 2021.

The World Pipe Band Championships have been held in Glasgow every year since 1986. Inveraray and District Pipe Band are the current world champions.

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: "The World Pipe Band Championships is the competition where bands, pipers and drummers want to test themselves against the very best. Behind every band that competes there are months of practising together, weeks of planning to get the bands to the arenas and vast amounts of fundraising and none of this can be done now. The safety of everyone taking part and the integrity of the competition at all grades were the key factors in taking this decision now. Although very disappointed we will look forward to being back at Glasgow Green in 2021."

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SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
CANCELLED FOR 2020

02nd April 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), and after careful consideration and discussions with West Dunbartonshire Council we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Scottish Pipe Band Championships in Dumbarton. Our decision is based on the latest guidance from the Scottish Government, as well as advice taken from our key partners.

West Dunbartonshire Council would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the event and look forward to the 2021 championships

Please note this championship will not be rescheduled in 2020.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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BRIDGE OF ALLAN
CANCELLED 2020

29th March 2020

Following the recent government announcement surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic, the Directors of the Bridge of Allan Highland Games have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Games.

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our guests, competitors, and staff has to be our number one priority, so it is only right for us to follow all government advice.

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ANNAN, NORTH BERWICK AND ROTHESAY
CANCELLED 2020

26th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), the following contests for 2020 have been cancelled.

  • 4th July, Annan - Ayr, Dumfries and Galloway Branch
  • 8th August, North Berwick - Lothian and Borders Branch
  • 22nd August, Rothesay - Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch

John Hughes
Chairman

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RSPBA COVID-19
UPDATE

24th March 2020

In response to the revised Government guidelines regarding COVID–19, we have closed our Headquarters building at 45 Washington Street in Glasgow to safeguard our staff, members, and volunteers.

Although our Scottish (25th July) and World (14th /15th August) Championships are still on the calendar at this point in time, we are liaising closely with the promoters of these events West Dunbartonshire Council and Glasgow Life respectively. We are meeting on-line weekly with Glasgow Life to review the situation regarding the Worlds and will advise as soon as any decisions are made.

If you have any trophies still to be returned for any of this year-s Major Championships, please keep hold of these for the time being.

In these trying times we must all do our part to minimise the spread of Coronavirus. Please make sure you keep your friends and family safe and follow the guidelines issued by the Government and health professionals.

RSPBA Board of Directors

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UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
CANCELLED FOR 2020

20th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships in Lurgan.

Our decision is based on the latest guidance from the Scottish Government, as well advice taken from our key partners.

Please note this championship will not be rescheduled in 2020.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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NORTH OF SCOTLAND CONTESTS
BANCHORY POSTPONED / ABERDEEN CANCELLED

22nd March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), the North of Scotland Branch of the RSPBA, along with the promoters of the Banchory contest scheduled for Sunday 10 May 2020. Has been postponed. This contest may go ahead later in the year as government guidance allows. Also the Aberdeen contest of which we are promoter,and have taken the decision to cancel. These were scheduled for Sunday 21 June 2020

All entry fees paid by bands will be fully refunded.

Bill Barclay
North of Scotland Branch Chairman

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UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
CANCELLED FOR 2020

20th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships in Lurgan.

Our decision is based on the latest guidance from the Scottish Government, as well advice taken from our key partners.

Please note this championship will not be rescheduled in 2020.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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NORTHERN IRELAND BRANCH
CONTEST CANCELLATIONS 2020

21st March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), the Northern Ireland branch, as promoters have cancelled the following contests.

  • 11th April, Ulster Solos
  • 9th May, Ards and North Down
  • 16th May, County Fermanagh
  • 30th May, Mid Ulster
  • 6th June, Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • 21st June, Lisburn and Castlereagh

Ian Burrows
Northern Ireland Project Manaeger

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PRECIS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MEETING ON 14th MARCH 2020

20th March 2020

In light of recent events and also the cancellation of a number of Branch Meetings, here is a precis of the Board of Directors meeting held on the 14th March 2020, the details would have been communicated by the Branch Directors at these meetings.

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CANCELLED
LONDON & SOUTH OF ENGLAND CONTESTS

20th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), the London and South of England Branch of the RSPBA, as promoters of the Miniband, Quartet and Solo contests on 19th April, the PM Jim McGinn Memorial contest on 17th May, Colchester on 14th June and Corby on 5th July have cancelled all four contests.

All entry fees paid by bands will be fully refunded.

Irene Samson
London and South of England Branch Secretary

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
CANCELLED FOR 2020

18th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), and after careful consideration and discussions with LCC Live Events Services Ltd, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 European Pipe Band Championships in Inverness.

Our decision is based on the latest guidance from the Scottish Government, as well advice taken from our key partners.

Please note this championship will not be rescheduled in 2020.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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CANCELLED
AYR, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY CONTEST

18th March 2020

Following the advice given by the government concerning the Corona virus, the committee have taken the decision to cancel the Girvan event scheduled for Sunday 7th June and the Ardorrsan event scheduled for Sunday 14th June in the interests of all concerned.

Any cheques will not be cashed and will be destroyed.

We hope you will understand our reason for this action as our priority must the safety and welfare of our members.

Margaret McCrindle

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CANCELLED
DUNDEE, PERTH & ANGUS CONTESTS

18th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), the Dundee, Perth & Angus Branch of the RSPBA, as promoters of the Strathmore contest scheduled for Sunday 14th June and the Lochore contest on Saturday 20th June, have cancelled both contests.

All entry fees paid by bands will be fully refunded.

Gary Mair
Dundee, Perth and Angus Branch Secretary

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CANCELLED
LOTHIAN AND BORDERS CONTESTS

18th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19) and in line with national guidance from the Scottish Government, the Lothian & Borders Branch of the RSPBA, in conjunction with our various partners, have taken the decision to cancel all of our outdoor contests during May and June 2020.

As a result, the following contests are cancelled:

  • Dunbar Pipe Band Contest which was due to take place on Saturday 16 May 2020.
  • Innerleithen contest scheduled for Saturday 6 June 2020.
  • Edinburgh Pipe Band Championships due to take place on Sunday 21st June 2020.

All entry fees will be refunded by the Branch for these contests.

John Hughes
Lothian and Borders Branch President

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CANCELLED
GLASGOW, WEST OF SCOTLAND CONTESTS

18th March 2020

Both Gourock and Helensburgh promoters have taken the hard decision to cancel their 2020 games due to the current government guidelines with regard to the coronavirus outbreak

GWOS Branch Committee

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CANCELLED
DUNDEE, PERTH & ANGUS CONTESTS

17th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), the Dundee, Perth & Angus Branch of the RSPBA, as promoters of the indoor Trios, Minibands and Full Bands contest scheduled for Saturday 18th April and the Dundee Outdoor Contest on Sunday 17th May, have cancelled both contests.

Further, Markinch Highland Games have advised the Branch that the 2020 Games scheduled for Sunday 7th June, are cancelled.

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POSTPONED
AYR, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY INDOORS 2020

16th March 2020

Following the advice given by the government concerning the Corona virus, the committee have taken the decision to postpone this years event scheduled for Saturday 21st March in the interests of all concerned.

The event will be scheduled later in the year when the situation has improved.

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BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
CANCELLED FOR 2020

16th March 2020

After discussions with Renfrewshire Council we received this statement from them late this afternoon.

"In line with national guidance from the Scottish Government on the coronavirus, we have taken the decision in agreement with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) to cancel the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley, which was due to take place on Saturday 23 May."

Please note this championship will not be rescheduled in 2020.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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COVID-19
RSPBA STATEMENT

15th March 2020

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), The RSPBA is aware that this is a global crisis, and the situation is changing daily. We are taking our responsibilities to members, supporters, the public and promoters very seriously, and are trying to ensure the least amount of disruption whilst putting their health and safety first.

At this point in time, all of our Major Championship Events are still on the 2020 calendar, and we are in regular contact with the various promoters of these events. We have had preliminary discussions with Paisley (British) and Inverness (European) regarding rescheduling dates to later in the year, and are meeting with Lurgan (UK) at the beginning of April. So, there is a likelihood that these first three championships may move date. However, we must stress that no decisions have yet been taken on any new dates.

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POSTPONED
2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

13th March 2020

The RSPBA Annual General Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 14th March 2020, in Glasgow, has been postponed due to the escalating coronavirus situation. The decision to postpone was taken after the Board of Directors considered in detail the advice of both local and national government agencies and is intended to minimise the potential health risk to our membership.

We know and appreciate that our members from across the UK will be disappointed by this late notification, however we have been working to assess the risk from a situation which continues to change rapidly. In the circumstances we believe the right thing to do for our membership is to postpone.

The RSPBA heed all government health advice. Branches and bands are also asked to re-assess all activities during the period of the current pandemic in the interest of the wellbeing of all band members and supporters.

The RSPBA will continue to be vigilant about coronavirus and will of course follow all advice from Health Protection Scotland. We will advise the membership of a new date for the AGM once the situation has improved and restrictions have been lifted.

The RSPBA Board of Directors

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POSTPONED
LOTHIAN & BORDERS INDOORS 2020

13th March 2020

In light of the recent outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus COVID-19 we have decided in the interest of public health and safety to postpone the event including the RSPBA Adult World Solo Drumming Qualifier until a later date.

The event will now be scheduled to take place later in the year once the situation has improved and restrictions have been lifted.

All entry fees received so far will be refunded in full and cheques returned or destroyed.

We hope that you can understand the reason behind this and that at this time the health and safety of the competitors, judges, spectators and support staff is extremely important.

John Hughes
Lothian and Borders Branch President

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CHAMPIONSHIP ONLINE ENTRIES
2020 NOW OPEN

21st February 2020

Please note that Championship Entries for 2020 are now open for bands and drum majors.

Playing requirements, closing dates, draw dates and entries can all be found via our online shop.

We have compiled a Contest Information and Bus Forms Pack which includes full contest details, prize money and bus passes which must be completed separately and returned directly to the event team with payment.

The British Championship is the first one of 2020 and entries close 08 April.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020
TROPHY RETURN DATES

17th February 2020

To all band secretaries


Please remember that all trophies must be returned One Month prior to the contest date. This is the requirement as per the Association’s Constitution and Rules.

We would be obliged therefore if the various trophies were returned as follows:

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SUMMER SCHOOL 2020
BACK HOME

10th February 2020

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Summer School 2020 will be held in Headquarters from Monday 3rd August until Friday 7th August.

After many years away the Summer School returns to its historic home and will take place in the newly refurbished Headquarters of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association in Washington Street Glasgow.

This year sees some new additions to our usual format. The tried and tested program of activity returns for the general group of pipers and drummers.

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STATEMENT FROM THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

07th February 2020

Following our previous statement on 20th January 2020 regarding the articles in the national press and our discussions with the Office of Scottish Charities Register (OSCR), we can confirm that the information requested was provided by the Board of Directors.

This morning, we received a communication from OSCR advising that they had reviewed the requested information provided by the RSPBA, and determined that the charity trustees (Board of Directors) have demonstrated that decisions were made in the best interests of the charity, and as a result, have decided that there is no further action to be taken and they are closing the file.

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OSCR STATEMENT FROM THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

20th January 2020

Following the articles in the national press last weekend, the Board of Directors would like to state that the Office of Scottish Charities Register (OSCR) have confirmed that there is no formal inquiry into the RSPBA. They have a few questions and we will be providing them with all of the detailed information relating to the refurbishment of 45 Washington Street.

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BRIGHT NEW FUTURE
STATE OF THE ART HQ

02nd January 2020

By John B Hughes, Chairman of the Board, The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association


I would like to begin by wishing everyone the compliments of the season and all the very best for 2020. This will be a very significant year for the RSPBA. It is our 90th Anniversary yet it doesn’t seem that long ago we were celebrating our 75th.

RSPBA Headquarters

I wonder if our founders back in the 1930s would ever have dreamt that we would become such a worldwide movement with the music of the pipe band flourishing in every quarter of the globe and with its centre, its heartbeat, right here in Glasgow? And it is this heartbeat, the newly refurbished Headquarters building in Washington Street - an address known in every country where pipe bands play - that will provide the centrepiece of our 90th Anniversary celebrations.

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2020 CALENDAR
NOW AVAILABLE

30th December 2019

The calendar of events for the 2020 season including major championship and branch events is now available.

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2020 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
PLAYING REQUIREMENTS

30th December 2019

The playing requirements for all grades at the 2020 major championships are now available.

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D/M TOM BROWN
AWARDED MBE

28th December 2019

Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band are delighted to announce that D/M Tom Brown has been awarded an MBE for services to Scottish Traditional Music in the Queen's New Year Honors list.

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STEVEN MCWHIRTER
SECURES TENTH WORLD TITLE

20th October 2019

The final RSPBA events of 2019 took place on Saturday 19th October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

The annual Andante sponsored World Solo Drumming event as well as the International Solo Tenor competition drew large entries with 154 snare drummers and 59 tenor drummers traveling from all over the World.

Once again we would like to extend our thanks to Nigel Hodgen and his team at Andante for their continued support.

The Adult event was won by Steven McWhirter (Inveraray and District - Scotland). Steven claimed his tenth Adult title after previous wins in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Steven won the event by 16 points winning both the MSR and Hornpipe and Jig events.

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2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
ADULT FINAL NOW ON YOUTUE

20th October 2019

We recorded the Adult Final MSR and Hornpipe & Jig at the 2019 World Solo Drumming Championships on 19th October. These are now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

The title was won by Steven McWhirter, the leading drummer of Inveraray and District.

This playlist is in playing order on the day - full summaries can be found by clicking here.

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2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
LIVE STREAM

18th October 2019

The World Solo Drumming Championships is Saturday 19th October 2019. If you can't make it along, tune in at 3pm for the live stream. LIVE. LOUD. UNMISSABLE!

The live stream of the Adult Final will be shown through the Glasgow Life website page and can be found below:

https://www.theworlds.co.uk/about/world-solo-drumming-championships

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2020 SUBSCRIPTIONS
NOW DUE

12th October 2019

Band fees and Overseas Association Fees for the 2020 season are now due for payment and payments can be made online.

Reminder for UK Bands: Payment is due by 30th November 2019 (as per Standing Orders and Rules, 3.2). Late Payment will incur a penalty of 20% of the current registration fee (Rule 3.1).

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WEBSITE
MIGRATION COMPLETE

06th October 2019

Please note that our website and email migration planned over the weekend 4th - 6th October is now complete.

All our websites, email, website security (SSL) and payment processing is all back up and running and we are now running on new servers.

Apologies for the inconvenience

Regards

John Hughes
Chairman

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WEBSITE OFFLINE
FOR SERVER MIGRATION

03rd October 2019

Please note that our website will be completely offline this coming weekend due to a migration to a newer server.

The migration will begin overnight on October the 4th, starting at 21:00 and will run into the following day, October the 5th.

With the many other tasks associated with moving the databases, repointing he DNS, reinstallation of our SSL etc we expect to be back up and running at somepoint on Sunday October 6th.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but the timing of the migration is out with our control.

Please note that the branch websites of Dundee, Perth and Angus and Lothian and Borders which exist on the same server and power from the same databases will also be migrated and also be offline during this period.

Regards

John Hughes
Chairman

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2020 REGRADINGS
FIRST CHANGES RATIFIED

21st September 2019

The Music Board met on Saturday 21st September 2019 and approved the first changes for the 2020 season.

Almost 30 bands upgraded for the 2020 season including 3 new bands into Grade 1.

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2019 WORLD SOLO DRUMMING
ENTRIES NOW AVAILABLE

04th September 2019

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

Both events will be held on 19th October 2019 at the Glasgow Caledonia University.

Entries close on Friday 27th September 2019

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2020 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES
NOW AVAILABLE

03rd September 2019

The 2020 Pipe Band Championships will take place as follows:

  • British Championships - 23rd May at Paisley
  • United Kingdom Championships - 13th June at Lurgan
  • European Championships - 27th June at Inverness
  • Scottish Championships - 25th July at Dumbarton
  • World Championships - 14th/15th August at Glasgow
Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRADE 2 (MSR) YOUTUBE

18th August 2019

We recorded the Grade 2 MSR event at the 2019 World Championships on 17th August. These are now available via our Youtube Channel on a dedicated playlist available by clicking here - RSPBA YouTube.

The title was won by St Thomas Alumni - USA, band number 1 on the playlist.

This playlist is in playing order on the day.

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2019 GRADE 1 WORLD CHAMPIONS
INVERARAY AND DISTRICT

18th August 2019

The 2019 championship season climaxed with the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

2019 saw 195 pipe bands bringing around 8000 pipers and drummers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Eire, USA, Belgium, England, Spain, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Scotland take part. Over 30,000 people attended over two days to watch the championships.

In the premier Grade 1 event, it took Friday and Saturday, two MSR performances, two Medley performances and sixteen adjudicators to crown Inveraray and District from Scotland the 2019 World Champions. Pipe Major Stuart Liddell lifting the trophy for the second time in three years.

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