Calling all band secretaries: entries for the UK Pipe Band Championships to be held in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, on June 11 close tomorrow, April 27. The draw will be held on May 4. Get in touch with RSPBA HQ now if your band intends to compete.
The closing dates for the other Championships are:
European Championship, Inverness, 11th May 2022
Scottish Championship, Dumbarton, 15th June 2022
World Championship, Glasgow, 29th June 2022
We hear that there are very heathy entries for the first band contests of the season at Banchory and Gourock on May 8.
US Piping Foundation
The United States Piping Foundation is holding an in-person competition for professionals this year, writes Mike Rogers. Unfortunately, due to facility limitations, amateur events will not be possible in 2022.
This year’s event will be held at a new location: the Essex Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. The competition, on June 18, is open North American domiciled pipers classified as professional by their home associations. Entries, $50, are due by June 1.
Competitors who scratch forfeit their entry fee. Tunes must be submitted with the entry. Due to the late entry deadline, no tune changes will be permitted after entry submission. The organizers reserve the right to limit entries based on logistical limitations of the event.
Competitors will receive their tune selections and order of play on or about the Wednesday prior to the competition day.
Prizes in Piobaireachd (six tunes): The Silver Quaich presented by the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia and 1 $1000, 2 $800, 3 $600, 4 $400, 5 $200
MSR (six of each): The Challenge Charger presented by the St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore. Prizemoney as per the Piobaireachd.
The overall winner receives the USPF Silver Buckle as well as trans-Atlantic airfare from the East Coast US to Glasgow, Edinburgh, or London, UK, to compete at eligible senior competitions. In the event of a tie, the overall winner is determined with a piobaireachd preference. Visit our website, www.uspipingfoundation.org for more details.
RSPBA Sumnmer School
Principal John Nevans has announced details of the annual RSPBA Summer School. It will be both in person and online, a new innovation:
The dates again:
In person: Monday 25th July – Friday 29th of July
Online: Monday 25th July – Thursday 28th of July