Change of Instructors for Balmoral School: Andrew Carlisle joins Robert Mathieson & Bruce Gandy

By Elaine Lee, Administrator Due to a troublesome internet connection, Andrew Carlisle will replace Terry Tully for Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming’s 2020 summer school Zoom sessions. All three of our acclaimed instructors have incomparable records of teaching and promoting pipe music around the world. Week #1 will run from July 5-10. Week 2 will run July 12-17. Originally from Northern Ireland, now a resident of Pittsburgh, Andrew Carlisle has…

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Ireland’s Engagement with the Newly Formed Scottish Pipe Band Association

We continue with our look back at the founding of the modern pipe band competition system on the island of Ireland. After the SPBA was formed in 1930 the North of Ireland Bands Association (NIBA) began to engage experienced piping and drumming adjudicators from its top bands having previously used experienced Army pipe majors in this role. It is my opinion that the merits of the SPBA, and its way…

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New Memoir from Jimmy McIntosh Nears Completion

US-based piper, teacher and piobaireachd authority Jimmy McIntosh MBE is now at the proofing stage of his new book reminiscing on his long life in piping. The montage above shows him having his daily tune at his home in South Carolina, with the Glenfiddich trophy in 1974 and in a promo shot for a new album. Jimmy (94) is still very fit and alert for his age and and has…

The Origins of Competing Pipe Bands in Ireland

I was very interested in the recent item regarding the article by Donald McIntosh, an early advocate for the then SPBA, which appeared in the November 1935 issue of ‘Piping and Dancing Magazine’ and particularly the aspect relating to the ‘…..proposed extension of the SPBA into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’. I thought I would pass on some research that I have done regarding the history of Northern…

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Dr Hugh Hepburn 1940 -2020

It is with regret we report the passing of Dr Hugh Hepburn, Aberdeen. Dr Hepburn, who was 80, was a member of the Portlethen and District Pipe Band and a supporter of piping throughout his life. He pioneered the idea of a ‘seniors’ competition for retired professional pipers and this ran for many years at the Lochaber Gathering in Fort William, with generous sponsorship coming from Hugh’s own pocket. He…