Project to Place Piping Magazine Archive Online and Produce Piping Times Print Annual

The National Piping Centre has launched a ‘crowdfunding’ campaign to raise funds to digitise and place online back issues of the now defunct Piping Times and Piping Today magazines. The archive will be free for the public to access and search. In addition the Centre are looking at producing an annual print publication under the Piping Times banner. The Piping Times ran from 1948 until 2020. It was the flagship…

Very High Quality Bagpipe For Sale/ Comments on the Oldest Pipe Band in the USA

Greig Canning, professional piper and member of the Grade 1 World Champions Inveraray & District Pipe Band, has acquired a vintage set of Robertson pipes and now has to sell another of the sets he owns. The pipes are David Naill and Co DN5H bagpipes. This is an opportunity for a PP reader to buy a high quality instrument at a reasonable price. Greig writes: ‘The bagpipe is mounted in fully…

Balmoral School Guest Drumming Instructors/ Donald MacDonald Cuach

This summer, the Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming will come to you online with a wider variety of drumming classes and more one-on-one tutoring for snare, tenor and bass drummers, writes Elaine Lee. Guest drumming instructors will be Jim Kilpatrick MBE and Ed Best. Jim has won a record 19 World Drum Corps and World Pipe Band Championships with Shotts & Dykehead, 15 of these as leading drummer. This…

Reports from the RSPBA AGM – Medley Review After 50 Years in Same Format

The Annual General Meeting of the RSPBA was held last month online. To help bands bands stay focussed during this difficult period, Piping Press is carrying highlights from the various reports in the Association’s AGM order paper. The picture above is of the last ‘live’ RSPBA AGM in 2019. Chief Executive Ian Embelton reported: The number of bands in membership throughout the UK in 2020 was 275 and 51 affiliated…

Archie Kenneth Quaich/ Callum’s Tune for Bert/ Jimmy McIntosh Memorial

The Piobaireachd Society has announced that this year’s amateur piobaireachd competition for the prestigious Archie Kenneth Quaich will be ‘live’ but online. Society members will be able to tune in to the 28 performances from 9am (BST or GMT+1) on May 22. The results will be announced at another online event on June 2nd. MC for the day is AKQ organiser Peter McCalister. Judges are Society members Iain Speirs and…