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Theory Top-Up: triple time trouble

Theory Top-Up: triple time trouble

By TIM CUMMINGS. Piping Today #97, 2019 “What’s the first thing you think of when I say ‘triple time’, in the musical sense?”  I have just asked this question to the barista at one of the coffee shops I frequent when doing my laptoppery (such as writing this article).  This […]

Faces from the SPA Former Winners’ MSR 2024

Faces from the SPA Former Winners’ MSR 2024

Willie McCallum was the winner of the Scottish Pipers’ Association Former Winners’ MSR in The National Piping Centre Auditorium on Saturday, April 6, 2024.  Some of the competitors pictured in order of playing below are John Dew, Callum Wynd, William Geddes, John Mulhearn, Simon Marshall, Ben Duncan, Andrew Hall and […]

Pitlochry Highland Games entries now open for 2024

Pitlochry Highland Games entries now open for 2024

Pitlochry Highland Games had a very successful Piobaireachd Competition last year, sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society who will be providing sponsorship again this year with a maximum of 20 competitors. The Games take place on Saturday, September 14, 2024 at the Recreation Ground, Ferry Road, PH16 5DZ. Gates open 0930 […]

Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, GBR - 10 March:  The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships 2024 took place on Sunday 10 March 2024 in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.
Photo: David Gordon for EAC

Entries open for Scottish Schools Pipes and Trad Music Fest! 2024

If you’re a pipe band, ceilidh group or trad music band looking for more opportunities to perform in public, then this is an opportunity for you. The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust have announced the brand new Scottish Schools Pipes and Trad Music Fest. It is taking place outdoors […]

A tribute to Alistair G Hanning (1962-2024)

A tribute to Alistair G Hanning (1962-2024)

Alistair G Hanning was born on 17 March, 1962, in Wellington, New Zealand into the famous Hanning piping family. After a long hard-fought battle with cancer Alistair passed on 9 April, 2024, aged 62. Taught by his father, Oban Gold medallist John, he showed prodigious talent from an early age […]

The Castle Pipers achieve top marks in Scottish Bagpipe Qualifications

The Castle Pipers achieve top marks in Scottish Bagpipe Qualifications

Germany’s Castle Pipers have reached a significant milestone in their piping journey, with ten members of their pipe band recently achieving top marks in their SCQF Grade 2 and 4 Scottish Bagpipes examinations thanks to an innovative collaboration with Strathallan School. Under the expert tutelage of Strathallan School Pipe Major […]

Draw released for the UK Pipe Band Championship in Bangor

Draw released for the UK Pipe Band Championship in Bangor

The UK Pipe Band Championship takes place at Ward Park Arras on May 18, 2024 in Bangor, Northern Ireland.  The announcement of this major on February 12, alongside the British Championships in Forres, was very welcome news and re-established five major pipe band championships in the 2024 calendar. The RSPBA […]

PPBSO announce the creation of the Ontario Youth Pipe Band

PPBSO announce the creation of the Ontario Youth Pipe Band

The Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario have announced the creation of The Ontario Youth Pipe Band. The OYPB is a celebration of young players, and will connect pipers and drummers (ages 25 years or younger) who live, perform and/or compete in the province of Ontario.   The inaugural […]