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Opportunity for Drumming Instructor - Forres

The Moray Youth Pipes and Drums Tuition Scheme is the first step in a project to introduce free tuition on the Pipes and Drums to youngsters between 8 & 11 years old living in Moray.   It has been running now since October last year and after 12 weeks of tuition, there are currently 15 well established youngsters learning to play the drums and 18 learning to play the pipes. The classes take place on a Sunday evening between 6 and 7 pm in the Forres Town Hall.    The youngsters are divided in to two classes of 30 minutes each for both instruments and there is provision for two instructors for each instrument however they will soon be......

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The North of Scotland Branch of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

** UPDATE – ALL PROPOSED CHANGES TO STANDING ORDERS & RULES WERE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT AMENDMENT *** **Band Secretaries to note as changes are likely to impact on Branch band administration** —————————       The Annual General Meeting of The RSPBA takes place in Glasgow at The Trades Hall of Glasgow at 1000 hours on Saturday 11th March 2017. All bands can send representatives to the meeting and a full Order Paper has or will be sent shortly to all Band Secretaries directly from our Glasgow HQ.  There are important proposals to change certain rules which will impact on all Branch Bands on the agenda.  An extract from the Order Paper detailing the proposed changes can be found......

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Portlethen and District step out in new tartan

  Back in February Portlethen & District Pipe Band announced that they would be stepping out into the 2017 season with a new band tartan. The band have worn their familiar Stuart of Bute tartan since around 1999/2000 and many of the kilts that were in stock date back to the original batch which is nearly 20 years old.  With the band expanding in numbers and the constant year-round use, the kilts were very much in need of replacement with many kilts being thread bare, buckles lost and even sun-faded.  With an entire refit being required this presented an opportunity to change and update the band tartan. The new tartan is called ‘Portlethen & District Pipe Band’ and was......

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70 Live Concert
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January 05, 2017

70 Live Concert

This years annual concert hosted by Bucksburn & District Pipe Band, will be held on Friday 26th May 2017 at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen and will feature Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band. Tickets are available from Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122, or by visiting www.aberdeenperformingarts.com ENDS...

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Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band

Richard Paton, Instrumental Music Services Manager at Aberdeenshire Council, has told us of The Council’s enthusiasm to enhance and promote piping and drumming in the area by supplementing the good work already carried out by dedicated tutors in the pipe band community.  Following on from the appointment of Piping and Drumming tutors at Banff Academy earlier in the year, Aberdeenshire Council is stepping forward in offering tuition to school age children with the support of  The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust by forming an Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band.  Information has been circulated to all schools outlining the project and giving application/membership details.   Click here to read about the project To “kick start” the project there will be an......

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Chanter
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December 02, 2016

Preparing for the Performance

On the 29th and 30th October in the Gordon schools, Huntly, our Music Board planned an educational event considering the needs of our lower grade competing and non-competing bands to enhance their overall standard of play. “Preparing for the performance” presented by RSPBA tutors John Nevans, James Campbell and Allan Craig did just that. Attendees received assistance with teaching techniques, musical appreciation, instrument maintenance and given a better understanding of how all sections knitted together leading to a “polished” group performance. Although the uptake was small, our Drum Majors received some very worthwhile coaching from Alicia Dickson Hamilton from N.I.  These sessions were open to all bands the event aimed at those leading and teaching bands. There were no......

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Bob Thomson, 60 years in R.A.F Pipe Bands

After their last engagement of the year, the RAF Lossiemouth Pipes & Drums presented Bob Thompson with a bronze piper to celebrate his 60 years of piping in RAF pipe bands. Bob’s first RAF pipe band was at RAF Cosford in 1956 when he joined up as a boy entrant.  Over the years he played in many of the RAF bands and in 1970 he became Pipe Major at RAF Waddington.  In 1977 he was posted to Kinloss and became a stalwart member of the RAF Kinloss (now Lossiemouth) Pipes & Drums both while serving and after retirement and settling in Forres. Pipe Major Barry Ashby said “I have know Bob since I joined the band in 1980 and......

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Moray Youth Development scheme

There is no Council funded piping and drumming instruction at schools in Moray unlike The Highlands where this has encouraged playing by many youngsters and led to the formation of The Highland Youth Pipe Band and The City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band To fill this gap, Foundation Scotland has granted funds to set up a pilot scheme to introduce free Tuition on the pipes and Drums in Moray for youngsters over the age of 8. The initial catchment area will cover the West of Moray roughly within a 15-mile radius of Forres. The project will be managed by the Forres & District Pipe Band. The Scheme The general concept of the scheme is to arrange a well-publicized “Try-it-and......

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Upgrading for 2017
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September 19, 2016

Upgrading for 2017

The North of Scotland Branch are delighted to announce the upgrading of some of our local bands for the 2017 season. Our congratulations go to: 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F – 3B to 3A Ullapool and District – 4A to 3B Buchan Peterson – 2 to 1 Well done to all concerned and it is fantastic to see Grade 1 returning to the North once again! ENDS...

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Highland Military Tattoo 2016
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September 15, 2016

Highland Military Tattoo 2016

This month five branch bands took part in the Highland Military tattoo which takes place in Fort George and ran from the 9th to the 11th of September 2016.  In its third year the Highland Military tattoo demonstrated local and traditional talents along with some overseas guests.  This years show included  local North of Scotland branch bands: 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F R.A.F Lossiemouth Pipes and drums Forres Pipe Band City of Inverness Pipe Band City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band...

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