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Important changes to PDQB drumming syllabus

Important changes to PDQB drumming syllabus

The Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB) has made changes to the drumming syllabus for both snare and bass/tenor examinations. The changes relate mainly to the performance element of the examination and was implemented to align with the performance requirements of the piping examinations. This work was carried out by […]

Perth 2014. Provost Liz Grant with Billy Geedes.

Perth Games / RSPBA

Perth Highland Games will be held on Sunday, August 9 – the week before the Worlds – at Scone Palace, organisers confirmed. Solo piping is, at the moment, being considered and will be discussed at the next committee meeting. However, a spokesman told bagpipe.news that as the committee is now […]

Vale of Atholl Juniors

Vale of Atholl Juniors

The annual Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Junior solo piping and drumming competition took place yesterday at Pitlochry High School. The entry to what was the organisation’s 45th year of running the contest was the largest in recent years. Entry at this competition is confined to Perthshire, Dundee and Angus […]

Lee storms ahead at Kansas City

Lee storms ahead at Kansas City

Alastair Lee of Coquitlam, British Columbia, won both of the top solo piping competitions at the annual Winter Storm competitions held in Kansas City. The feat won him the President’s Trophy (awarded to the piper who wins both Gold Medlas for light music and pibroch events).  Lee received the trophy […]

Piping Live! 2020 promises to be Piping Hot!

Piping Live! 2020 promises to be Piping Hot!

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival returns from August 8-16. This year’s festival, based as ever at The National Piping Centre and venues across Glasgow city centre, will be the 17th.  Already confirmed for 2020 is the return of the Silver Chanter invitational solo piping competition. The will be the […]

From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

Following on from the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s (SPA) successful centenary night at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, today we feature an item from the December 1984 Piping Times. Angus J. MacLellan was President of the SPA back then and in that edition of the PT he wrote a report […]

SPA President, Tom Johnstone opens the evening with a selection of tunes.

SPA celebrates 100 years

The Scottish Pipers’ Association – one of the most prominent and historical piping organisations – marked its centenary in style last night at an informal evening of piping at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping. A near capacity audience were welcomed by President, Tom Johnstone […]

Roddy MacLeod steps down from NPC

Roddy MacLeod steps down from NPC

Roddy MacLeod MBE has resigned from The National Piping Centre (NPC). The NPC released this statement today: “After 24 years at The National Piping Centre, Roddy MacLeod has decided to leave the organisation with effect from the end of May 2020. “As Principal and Director and co-Founder of Piping Live! […]