Calling all band secretaries: a substantial number of pipe band contest entry forms are now available. These include those for all the major championships. You can access the forms via the events calendar on the RSPBA website. Please don’t forget the minor contests. They need your support.
Hard to believe that it is only seven weeks or so to the first major, British, at the new venue at Paisley. If you don’t already know them, here are the dates of all the 2016 Major Championships:
May 21 – British at Paisley
June 11 – UKs at Stormont
June 25 – Europeans at Forres
July 30 – Scottish at Dumbarton
Aug 12/13 – Worlds at Glasgow Green
Just to remind everyone, the April edition of Pipe Band Magazine will be available a week from now via the RSPBA website.
The nationalist-leaning Herald newspaper had a feature the other day on piping. The writer, Ron McKenna, lamented the lack of piping tuition in our state schools: ‘You’re lucky if there is a pipe band near you. But what about in school? Well, there are schools pipe band championships doing great work, and pushing bands in schools, but..apparently they’re pretty much privately funded by pretty much one person. The Scottish state? It’s promotion of our culture into our children’s lives? Hmm.