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Date: Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Contributor: Pat Whelan - HQ

Pipe Band College - Positions Filled


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The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is pleased to announce that the vacant posts of Principals of the Pipe Band College have been filled.

Candidates went through a rigorous interview process and the successful candidates are identified as:

  • Principal of Pipe Band Musicianship - Tom Brown. In this role Tom will be responsible for developing strategies to raise the standard of pipe band musicianship and improving performance in the competition arena. Tom will be working with members of the College to achieve this goal.
  • Principal of Piping - Jim Campbell Jim will be working with other members of the College to raise standards in piping, to deliver training programmes for piping instructors and leading pipers and to support geographical representatives in raising standards within local branches.
  • Principal of Drumming - Paul Brown Paul, like Jim, will be working with other members of the College to raise standards in drumming, to deliver training programmes for drumming instructors and leading drumming and to support geographical representatives in raising standards within local branches.

The appointment of the Principals named above completes the appointment of Principals process. They will join the existing Principal of Summer School - John Nevans.

Collectively, the three Principals will also facilitate the annual training programme for PDQB approved Assessors and Instructors.

All of the Principals and the members of the Pipe Band College will be encouraging branches, bands and individuals to become involved in training initiatives and education programmes which support individuals and bands alike. The College seeks to improve links with branches. However, branches need to become more involved in identifying local needs and ensuring that these are passed to the College for support and action.

Last year, there were 272 students who were successful in achieving SQA qualifications in Piping and Drumming. There were 18 students who were successful in gaining PDQB qualifications in Bass/Tenor Drumming. Some of these students came from Australia, Canada, Dublin, Germany and Johannesburg. The College wants to build on these numbers in 2019 through our PDQB outreach programme.

The Pipe Band College has an extensive programme of activities planned between now and early next year, starting with the RSPBA Summer School in Glasgow Gaelic School from 5th - 9th August.

The College will be recruiting participants for Certificate in Pipe Band Musicianship 1 and 2 which commences in October and running through until February.

An SQA/PDQB outreach programme will be hosted by Dundee, Perth and Angus Branch, starting in September with Assessments taking place in December.

A Training Programme for RSPBA Pipe Band Instructors who wish to improve skills is being held in September

A workshop for Pipe Majors and Leading Drummers from Grades 3 and 4 is planned for October.

SQA Assessments will be held in various locations throughout December

A leaflet outlining the College's programme of activities for Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 can be accessed from the link below:

Click here for full programme of activities


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