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Dollar Academy Novice Juvenile A Pipe Band competing in Dundee today.

Gourock, Dundee and Banchory results

Scotland’s pipe band competition season continued in earnest today with contests are Gourock, Dundee and Banchory. Competitors enjoyed mostly sunny weather, if chilly in the shade, at the three coastal venues. GOUROCK RESULTS: Grade 1 – 1. Scottish Power; 2. Boghall & Bathgate; 3. Glasgow Police; 4. Shotts. Grade 2 […]

Dunbar results

Dunbar results

The Scottish outdoor pipe band competition season got underway today on the east coast at Dunbar in East Lothian. Results:Grade 1 (MSR) – 1. Police Fife Scotland; 2. Royal Burgh of Stirling.Judges: J. Connor and B. Donaldson (piping); L. Innes (drumming) and P. Snaddon (ensemble). Grade 2 (Medley) – 1. […]

FM tuning up.

Ards results

The County Down Championships took place today at Newtonards, Northern Ireland. As expected, current World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery won the Grade 1 competition ahead of Police Service of Northern Ireland. Results: Grade 1 – Field Marshal Montgomery; 2. Police Service of Northern Ireland. Grade 2 – 1. Ravara; 2. […]

RCS Showcase

RCS Showcase

Ciaran Ross playing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Piping Degree Showcase last night, May 9, 2019. Shotts & Dykehead piper Danny Hutcheson and Masters student Enora Morice from Brittany are to either side. The concert displayed the piping repertoire of the Undergraduate students from all years of the course, […]

May 2018. The massed band played at Manchester's Piccadily Gardens and played a half hour set before releasing pink balloons, each with the names of the bombing victims.

Massed band tribute to Manchester bombing victims

A massed band performance in memory of Eilidh MacLeod and the other Manchester Arena bombing victims is planned for Manchester, England on Sunday, May 19. Pipe bands from all over northern England – and from Scotland and Wales – have taken part previously and most have indicated they will take […]

Last night's rehearsals for tonight's showcase concert.

Piping showcase … to a degree

Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Traditional Music Degree course will be performing tonight at The National Piping Centre. The students include Malin Lewis, John Dew, Isla Stout, Cameron Barnes, Chris Lee, Calum Ian Brown and Bradley Parker, as well as Masters Student, Breton Piper Enora Morice. They will be […]

Draw for the UK Championships

Draw for the UK Championships

This afternoon the RSPBA made the draw for the United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships. These take place in Lurgan, Northern Ireland on June 15. The draw is as follows: Grade Novice Juvenile A – Final 1 11:00 Dollar Academy 2 11:08 George Heriot’s School 3 11:16 West Lothian Schools 4 […]

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band celebrate the announcement of their grade one British Championship win.

The perfect jump shot

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band react to the announcement of their G1 win at the British Pipe Band Championships at Annan in 2010. Press Photographer, Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig, who made his name in NYC in the 30s and 40s often said the secret to taking good documentary photos was: “Simple. […]

Cowal; Thornton entries

Cowal; Thornton entries

With the pipe band and solo piping season upon us, we have two entry forms for bands and solo pipers to download. The first is for the pipe band competitions at Cowal Highland Gathering, which this year takes place on August 31; the other is for Thornton Games (July 6). […]

‘Pitching’ the chanter reed

‘Pitching’ the chanter reed

By David V. Kennedy • From the August 1981 Piping Times. Effective blade lengthThe effective blade length of the chanter reed is that dimension measured from the tip of the blades to the top of the bindings. But some makers will contend (and I am among them) that all the […]