Highlands & Islands Draw/ Tickets for the Worlds

All solo piping interest will be on Oban this weekend for the Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival with very good entries in all events through P/A, B and C grades. The contest is held in Oban High School on Saturday April 29. Senior adjudicators are Iain MacFadyen, Ronald MacShannon, Tom Speirs, Robert Wallace, John Wilson and Andrew Wright. There are five prizes in each event. All piobaireachd classes start…

RSPBA Select Judges for 2017 Major Championships

The full list of adjudicators for this year’s major pipe band championships has been ratified by the Board of Directors of the Association who met today at headquarters in Washington Street, Glasgow. In a statement issued this evening the Association say: ‘It is a very taxing and complicated process and this year it was carried out against a backdrop of Adjudicator Panel membership which has grown to its highest level…

PP Ed’s Blog: N. Lanarkshire Schools Success/ SSPDT Instructor Wanted/ Vegas Piper/ 1967 Worlds

Congratulations to North Lanarkshire Schools on being named Pipe Band of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in Dundee at the weekend. It caps a great year for P/M Ross Cowan and his band coming as it does on top of their success at the Worlds in Novice A. They also continue to make an impression in junior solo contests with NLS pipers taking good prizes at Shotts last Saturday….

The Worlds – the Final Lists of All Bands Entered

The full lists of bands entered for the World Pipe Band Championships are published today. A remarkable  234 will be taking part in what is easily the biggest competition of the year. All will gather on Glasgow Green three weeks from this Saturday (August 12 and 13) to battle it out for top honours. The most heavily populated list is, as expected, in Grade 4b where 67 bands have entered with…

World Pipe Band Championships 2015

In the end it took an Irishman to bring the Worlds title back to Scotland and in doing so P/M Ryan Canning’s achievement must rank among the very highest in pipe band history, writes Robert Wallace. Three years ago he inherited a  Shotts and Dykehead band that was mid to bottom end of the Grade 1 table – luck, or lack of it, was not involved, they were that poor….