This fund was established in 2015 to help these bands pay for buses, tuition and other essentials that help youngsters get ‘on the grass’ for competition.
It followed a detailed proposal put to the Association’s Board of Directors by Robert Wallace, the Editor of Piping Press.
The fund was inaugurated with a major contribution from Jimmy Stuart a piper in his time with Kilsyth, Camelon, Wallacestone and Vale of Atholl bands. Readers may know him as the eponymous ‘Barlinnie Highlander’.
Jimmy’s fund lay fallow for a couple of years during covid and now RSPBA Chairman Kevin Reilly and Chief Exec Colin Mulhern are looking at ways of giving it a boost. Back in 2018 the Association’s AGM agreed that 1% of any annual surplus in revenue would be allocated to the fund thus ensuring its long term sustainability.
The NJPBF is a constructive way to help the pipers and drummers of the future and if any reader would like to contribute contact Colin or Kevin at HQ.
Bands wishing to apply for financial support click here.