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Ashbourne Contest

Timings

10.45 Start of Grade 4 Pipe Band Competition

12.30 Drum Majors Dress and Inspection

12.55 Start of Grade 4A Pipe Band Competition

14.05 Start of Grade 3 Pipe Band Competition

15.15 Parade of Grade 4 Bands

15.35 Start of Grade 2 Pipe Band Competition

16.00 Drum Majors Final

16.35 Start of Grade 1 Pipe Band Competition (if taking place)

16.41 Drum Majors Challenge

17.00 Finale

17.45 Town Parade


Ashbourne Contest

Click on Graphic Below for Revised Draw for Order of Play

 


British Champions Grade 3A

Congratulations from the branch to the members of RAF Waddington/Halton Pipes & Drums on their magnificent win at the British Championships in Bathgate on 31st May 2014

1st & 2nd in Piping and 5th in Drumming and Ensemble saw the band take first place by a clear 3 points

Well Done!


Branch Meeting

Minutes of March Meeting

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Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11th June 2014 at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

Starting at 7.30pm


Branch Meeting

Minutes of March Meeting

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Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9th April 2014 at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

Starting at 7.30pm


Indoor Contest

Date : 23rd March 2014

Venue : West Midlands Fire Service Academy, Dartmouth Road, Smethwick, B66 1BG

Doors will be open from 10.00am

First Event will start at 12 Noon

Click on Graphic Below for Draw for Order of Play

If you have trophies from last year please DO NOT FORGET to bring them with you!


Branch Indoor Contest

23rd March 2014

West Midlands Fire Service Academy

Dartmouth Road

Smethwick

B66 1BG

Click on Graphic Below for Entry Form

 


Branch 2013 AGM

Minutes of 2013 AGM


Branch Meeting

Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9th October 2013 at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

Starting at 7.30pm


Branch Meeting

Minutes of June Meeting

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Branch Meeting

Minutes of April Meeting

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Branch Meeting

Minutes of February Meeting

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Indoor Contest

Date : 24th March 2013

Venue : West Midlands Fire Service Academy, Dartmouth Road, Smethwick, B66 1BG

Doors will be open from 10.00am

First Event will start at 12 Noon

Click on Graphic Below for Draw for Order of Play

If you have trophies from last year please DO NOT FORGET to bring them with you!


Branch Meeting

Due to bad weather the February meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, 13th February has been rescheduled for Wednesday 20th February at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

Starting at 7.30pm


Indoor Contest

Date : 24th March 2013

Venue : West Midlands Fire Service Academy, Dartmouth Road, Smethwick, B66 1BG

Click on graphic below for an Entry Form

Please contact Diane Anderson (Contest Secretary) to let her know if you are intending to enter


Grade 4 Drumming Workshop

The North West England Branch have arranged a one-day workshop for Grade 4 Side Drummers with Adrian Hoy (Leading Drummer of Cullybackey Pipe Band)

Date : Sunday 27th January.

Venue : The Polish Catholic Club, Oldham

Entry : Free

See attached leaflet for further information


Branch 2012 AGM

Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

Starting at 7.30pm

2012 AGM Agenda

Minutes of 2012 AGM


"What have the RSPBA ever done for us?"

This was the resounding question at our band's AGM in 2008. There was talk of exiting membership of the RSPBA but I put myself forward for attending the Midlands Branch meetings to see what they really could do for us as Pipers and Drummers and as a band.

Within a few months the branch had organised PDQB courses for both pipers and drummers.

Personally, I found the tuition from John McFadden and Cameron Edgar to be first class and a huge help to my piping.

All who took the exams passed with flying colours, testament to the standard of tuition.

Shortly after the PDQB course was concluded, the branch organised and hosted a workshop on tuning a band and this was run by John Nevin (ex Vale of Atholl). Again, the workshop was excellent and all who attended found it hugely beneficial to both competition and "hobby" bands and this has been evidenced over the past season.

David Frith, the Branch Chairman, has been keen to resurrect a Branch Massed Band and Ashbourne saw the majority of the Branch member bands out and playing "en masse" and this was thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated and audience alike.

Most recently the Branch training officer, Nicola Cohen, arranged the return of the excellent Cameron Edgar for a series of workshops on playing MSRs.

This was a great course and culminated in the "students" playing an MSR together in an ensemble.

For me, this was the best set that I have ever played in a band. Our band does not play MSRs and I learnt so much as I know the others on the course did, some of them being from competition bands. Those bands in the Branch that do compete really can learn so much from someone like Cameron, especially when you bear in mind that he is a judge and therefore has some "insider" knowledge to impart.

We are hoping that we can meet again to extend the MSR ensemble into a full pipes and drum band to cement everything that we have learnt.

What next? Well, it really is up to the membership of the branch but as with most things in life - you only get out what you put in.

So . . . apart from improving individual piping and drumming standards, improving band playing and tuning knowledge and competition standards, oh, and providing a forum for pipers and drummers to exchange skills, experience, knowledge and ideas . . . what have the RSPBA ever done for us?

Jonathan Prior (Shirley Pipe Band)


Branch Meeting

Minutes of October Meeting

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English Champions

Congratulations to the Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington on winning both the overall Grade 3 English Champions and Best Grade 3 Drum Corps trophies at Chatsworth on 2nd September


West Midlands Police Pipe Band - Disbanded

(Reprinted from West Midlands Police Pipe Band Facebook Page)

You may or may not be aware of the recent developments in the leadership of the band which have resulted in our withdrawal from further competition this year.

On the 23rd July 2012 the band leadership met to discuss the situation and consider the future.

To crystallise it the situation is as follows;

1) The band has no current Pipe Major or Pipe Sergeant and there are no candidates for this role.


2) The band has insufficient members to field a credible competing band.


3) The band relies heavily on members who live at a considerable distance from its base.


4) Due to the current economic and political situation practical support from the Police service is becoming difficult; the force can no longer provide transport, practise and accommodation facilities are under threat and financial support is impossible.


5) The current leadership are of an age where the demands of their roles should be handed over however there are no credible candidates to replace them.

As a result of these factors the committee has decided with great reluctance that in its 50th year the band is no longer able to continue and because the band is identified with and has been supported by a public service organisation, to avoid prolonging a period of inevitable decline that a decisive decision should be made to wind up the band cleanly and finally, having respect and fond remembrance for all that has been achieved and gone before.


Branch Meeting

Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 10th October 2012 at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

Starting at 7.30pm


Branch Meeting

Minutes of August Meeting

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8th July 2012

Ashbourne Contest Cancelled

Due to the recent heavy rains, unfortunately the Highland Gathering at Ashbourne on 15th July has had to be cancelled.


23rd June 2012

Sad news received this morning from the London Branch advising of the passing away of Bill Rutherford from Corby

Bill was a well known figure in the English pipe band world and the 'face' of the Corby Highland Gathering pipe band contest for many, many years

The branch extends it sincere condolences to Bill's family


PDQB Course

The branch are proposing to run another PDQB course from October to December (the exam will be in December 2012).

There will be a fee for each candidate attending the course and a further fee if the candidate wishes to take the exam at the end of the course.

The fees have not yet been determined by the branch.

There will also be an assessment day at which candidates will be assessed to determine which level they are best suited to.

Branch bands are requested to bring the course to the attention of their members and notify the Branch Training Officer (Nicky Cohen) by the end of June of likely numbers of candidates.


Branch Meeting

Meetings are now being held on the 2nd Wednesday of Even Months (Feb, Apr, etc).

Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 13th June 2012 at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

Starting at 7.30pm

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Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 30th April 2012

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Branch Mini Band & Trio Piping Contest

The draw for the contest is as follows:

 

GRADE 4 Trios (Start 12.00)
1
West Midlands Fire Service (C)
2
Leicester & Rutland
3
Wolverhampton (B)
4
Royal Corps of Signals (B)
5
West Midlands Fire Service (B)
6
Royal Corps of Signals (A)
7
West Midlands Fire Service (A)
8
Standard Triumph (B)
9
Wolverhampton (A)
10
Standard Triumph (A)

 

GRADE 4 Mini Bands (Start 13.00)
1
Standard Triumph (A) - points only
2
Wolverhampton (A)
3
Standard Triumph (B) - points only
4
Leicester & Rutland
5
Wolverhampton (B)

 

GRADE 3 Mini Bands (Start 14.15)
1
West Midlands Police (D)
2
RAF Waddington (A)
3
West Midlands Police (B)
4
Wolverhampton
5
RAF Waddington (B)
6
West Midlands Police (C)
7
West Midlands Police (A)

 

GRADE 2 Mini Bands (Start 15.10)
1
West Midlands Police (D)
2
RAF Waddington (A)
3
West Midlands Police (C)
4
RAF Waddington (B)
5
West Midlands Police (A)
6
West Midlands Police (B)

Judges : Cameron Edgar & George Reid

The contest starts at 12.00 (all other times are approximate)

The venue will be open from 10.00am

Address : West Midlands Fire Service Academy, Dartmouth Road, Smethwick, B66 1BG


February Branch Meeting Cancelled

Due to bad weather, the meeting planned for Monday 13th February has been cancelled.

The next meeting is now scheduled for 19th March.


Branch Mini Band & Trio Piping Contest

The return of the Midlands Branch Indoor Contest!

The contest is for Mini Bands & Piping Trios and is open to all bands registered with the RSPBA

Date : 1st April 2012

Venue : West Midlands Fire Service Academy, Dartmouth Road, Smethwick, B66 1BG

See Entry Form below for further details

 

Entry Form


North West Branch Piping & Drumming Weekend

The NW Branch are holding their annual solo piping and drumming contests on the weekend of 4th & 5th February

This will be combined with piping and drumming workshops

Four members of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band will be adjudicating the solo events and presenting the workshops

Further information will shortly be available on the NW website http://www.eyrewaves.co.uk/rspba

Information Leaflet


Branch Meeting

Next meeting will be held on Monday, 13th February 2012 at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.


44th Annual General Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 12th December 2011

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20th December 2011

e-mail received today from Syd Charles.......

"Fiona had our very own wee piper this morning at 4.21am. He weighed in at 8lb 11oz!!!

His name is Sydney Michael Charles

Fi and wee Sydney are doing fantastic"

Congratulations to Syd & Fiona

December 2011

Iain MacLeod who was Pipe Major of the Beeston & District Pipe Band during the 1960's and 70's has died

Iain took on the role as Pipe Major in the late 1960's when the band were in Grade 4 and by 1974, under Iain's leadership, the band had achieved Grade 2 status

The branch extends it sincere condolences to Iain's family

The funeral service will be held at Bramcote Crematorium, Nottingham at 1 pm on Tuesday 20th December


Branch Meeting

Next meeting will be the AGM and is scheduled to be held on 12th December 2011, 8pm at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 10th October 2011

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John Fitt - Funeral Details

30th September 2011

Depart from home at 12:30 (54 Sunnydene, Ward End, Birmingham, B8 3LR)

Funeral Service at 13:00 (Christ Church, Burney Lane, Ward End, Birmingham, B8 2AS)

Interment at 14:30 (Sutton New Hall Cemetery, Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7HX)

Wake to which all are invited (Cotterils Lane Social Club, 155 Cotterills Lane, Ward End, Birmingham, B8 3RY)


September 2011

A sad week for the pipe band scene in the West Midlands as news reaches us of the passing away of two well known figures in the piping world from our area:

John Fitt

Born in central Birmingham, John took up his piping at the age of 15 as a learner in the, then, Birmingham Scottish Pipe Band (West Midlands Fires Service Pipe Band). John's period of National Service was served in the Seaforth Highlanders and in 1970 he returned to the Birmingham Scottish. In 1992 he joined the West Midlands Police Pipe Band, where he played until retiring from the competition scene in 2003.

Jim Tudhope

Jim was born in Scotland where he learned to play the pipes first with the boy scouts and then the Army. Not long after moving to Nuneaton he joined the Royal British Legion Pipe Band in Coventry (Standard Triumph Pipe Band) with whom he was associated throughout his piping life in the Midlands.

Our sincerest condolences are extended to the families of John and Jim


August Branch Meeting Cancelled

Due to lack of items for discussion


Branch Meeting

Branch meetings will be held on Mondays through to the end of the year as a trial

Next meeting will be 8th August 2011, 8.30pm at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.


Midlands Branch Pipe Band

Message from the Branch Secretary

Branch Band


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 13th June 2011

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Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 11th April 2011

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Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 9th February 2011

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43rd Annual General Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 15th December 2010

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Branch Officers Reports to AGM 2010

Secretary's Report

 


Branch AGM Postponed

Due to the threat of snow and icy conditions in the area, the branch AGM, which was scheduled for 1st December, has been postponed until 15th December


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 13th October 2010

MOM-10-10

MAP Guidance (see MOM)


For Sale/Wanted

A new section has been created on the website for any bands/individuals from the branch to advertise items they want to sell or buy.

Triumph RBL were the first to take advantage of this new facility and, as a result of a band from outside the branch seeing the advert, they are now in possession of a new set of drums - job done!

So if you have something you want to sell or buy, use the link below to send the details to me.


Branch Meeting

Next meeting will be 13th October 2010, 8pm at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 11th August 2010

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Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 10th June 2010

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Promotion Meeting 16th May 2010

Minutes of the special meeting held to discuss promotional issues


Birmingham Contest 2010 - Cancelled!

As reported in the minutes of the February branch meeting (see below), the City of Birmingham have confirmed they will be unable to fund this years Birmingham Pipe Band Contest.

This has unfortunately led the branch to have to take the extremely disappointing decision to cancel this years event.

We all hope this will be a one-off situation and that the contest will be able to return in 2011.


Branch Officers Reports to AGM 2009

Chairman's Report

Secretary's Report

Contest Secretary's Report

Education Officer's Report

Music Board Report

National Council Report


Weekend Workshop Report

The workshop with John Nevans and Scott Niven was held over the weekend of 6/7 April with representatives from Ashbourne, Birmingham Irish, Leicestershire and Rutland British Legion, Shirley, Triumph Motors, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police and Wolverhampton Pipe Bands.

From the outset it was clear this was not going to be one of your dry, lifeless, sit-around-a-table, events. Pipes were out of the boxes and being blown from the word go with John, in his inimitable style (!), ‘demonstrating' basic pipe maintenance.

It wasn't long before we were experiencing for ourselves just how the Grade 1 bands approach the subject of tuning for a contest. Again, this wasn't just a ‘stand and watch' approach, we were actively involved in the experience with John providing clear information on not just the ‘what' to do, but also the ‘why'.

Considering the range of chanters, reeds and, dare I say it, pipers in attendance the results that were starting to appear towards the end of day 1 were extremely impressive. If someone had asked me before the course, ‘Is it possible to get a decent sound from mismatched chanters fitted with different makers reeds?', I would have said ‘absolutely not!'. Now……………

We left at the end of day 1, heads-a-buzzing with new ideas and things to try at our next band practices.

Day 2 picked up where day 1 had finished, with day 1's learning points being reinforced, the pipers being split into two mini bands and then given a ‘draw time' for them to be on the line ready to compete!

As can be expected, this proved to be something of a challenge but a real opportunity to enhance the knowledge and understanding gained on Day 1 and put it into practice with John providing advice and ‘encouragement' when needed.

Day 2 also included a look at the structure of tunes and their phrasing plus a practical exploration of tune composition. The current RSPBA MAP format was the subject of some serious debate!

It was clear that, by the end of the two days, everyone who had attended had gained a tremendous insight into the running of a pipe band and experienced examples of best practice in setting one up for competitions. All that remains now is to take those messages away and apply them!!

For those of you who missed out on this event, let me just give you one quote from Bert Anderson, who observed the workshop… “This has got to have been one of the best events that the branch has ever organised!” …. Praise indeed!

Roy Anderson

Wolverhampton


Branch Meeting

Next meeting will be 7th April 2010, 8pm at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.


Weekend Workshop

The branch are holding a weekend workshop on Sat/Sun 6/7 March at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

The workshop will be presented by John Nevans and Scott Niven

Arrive at 9.00am for a 9.30am start

Attendees will need to bring pipes, practice chanters, drums, sticks, pads and harnesses/slings

You also need to bring with you copies of the following music:

Brown Haired Maiden, Teribus, Corriechoillies Welcome, Molly Connell and Sleepy Maggie

Pipers should bring their own maintainance equipment, ie hemp and wax and anything else they deem necessary for pipe management

Also bring along your own packed lunches!


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 10th February 2010

MOM-02-10


National Youth Pipe Band

Following on from a previous news item congratulating James Gray and Lewis Soult from the Ashbourne Pipe Band in gaining places in the National Youth Pipe Band, comes news of a concert for the band in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 28th November.

(click on the image to see a poster for the event)

Further information is available from the Piping Centre


Branch Meeting

Next meeting will be 14th October, 8pm at St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.


PDQB Training Course

The branch will be hosting a PDQB training course for levels 1 and 2 piping and drumming.

The venue will be St Mary and St John School, Erdington, B23 6BQ.

The dates are 27th September, 4th October, 18th October, 1st November, 15th November and 29th November with the exam being held on 13th December.

Note : Dates for the last two weekends may have to change to suit tutor availability.

Further information can be obtained by e-mailing Nicola Cohen (Branch Training Officer) at nicola@rspbamidlands.org.uk


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 12th August 2009

MOM-08-09


Images from the Birmingham Centenary Square Contest 2009


Next Branch Meeting

The next meeting will be

8.00pm, Wednesday 12th August 2009

St Mary & St John Social Club

20 Gravelly Hill North

Erdington

Birmingham, B23 6BQ

(The club is located behind the St Mary & St John Church, close to Junction 6 of the M6)


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 3rd June 2009

MOM-06-09


Birmingham Contest - Draw


Next Branch Meeting

The next meeting will be

8.00pm, Wednesday 3rd June 2009

St Mary & St John Social Club

20 Gravelly Hill North

Erdington

Birmingham, B23 6BQ

(The club is located behind the St Mary & St John Church, close to Junction 6 of the M6)

Note : The draw for the Birmingham Contest will be performed at this meeting


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 8th April 2009

MOM-04-09

plus Note from RSPBA regards Course Activity


Next Branch Meeting

The next meeting will be

8.00pm, Wednesday 8th April 2009

St Mary & St John Social Club

20 Gravelly Hill North

Erdington

Birmingham, B23 6BQ

(The club is located behind the St Mary & St John Church, close to Junction 6 of the M6)


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 11th February 2009

MOM-02-09


Ashbourne Tenor Drummers to join Scottish National Youth Pipe Band

Congratulations are in order for James Gray and Lewis Soult.

These two young tenor drummers from the Ashbourne & District Pipe Band recently attended auditions for places in the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPB) and were delighted to receive the following words from Alisdair McLaren, Director of Music...

"I hope you found the audition a challenging but rewarding experience and also hope you are proud of your achievement. I am delighted with the musical ability that you displayed in your audition and it is exactly for that reason that I have no hesitation in selecting you to join our ranks."

The band already has concerts planned in Inverness and Aberdeen for April and, in addition to travelling North on a monthly basis, the lads will no doubt be working hard in advance of their appearances with the band.

Well done indeed lads - just rewards for all your enthusiasm and, of course, practice!


Birmingham Centenary Square Pipe Band Contest (21st June 2009)

(Click on the image to view a pdf copy of the entry form - right click on the image and select "Save Target As" to download it)

 


Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Ashbourne

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be performing in concert the night before the Ashbourne contest.

More details can be found on the Ashbourne website http://www.ashbournegathering.com


George (Geordie) Aldus

Sad news has reached us of the passing away of Geordie Aldus at the age of 78.

Geordie came to the Midlands in 1964 to work in the mines.

He was a piper with the Newsham, Whitley Bay and Morpeth pipe bands in the North East of England, before moving to the Midlands where he founded the Cannock Pipe Band in 1977.

Deepest sympathy to his wife Ivy and his family.


Next Branch Meeting

The next meeting will be

8.00pm, Wednesday 11th February 2009

St Mary & St John Social Club

20 Gravelly Hill North

Erdington

Birmingham, B23 6BQ

(The club is located behind the St Mary & St John Church, close to Junction 6 of the M6)


Branch AGM

Minutes of AGM - 10th December 2008

AGM MOM-12-08


Birmingham Contest

The new date of 21st June 2009 has been confirmed for next years Birmingham Contest.


Branch Massed Band

Are you interested?

Please read the attached letter requesting your views on the potential of establishing a branch massed band.


Courses/Workshops

Are you interested?

Please read the attached letter requesting your views on the potential of the branch organising one or more of a range of training courses, workshops, etc.


New Date for Birmingham Contest

Subject to approval from Headquarters, next years Birmingham contest is moving from its traditional date of early July to 21st June.


Next Branch Meeting

The next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting

8.00pm, Wednesday 10th December 2008

St Mary & St John Social Club

20 Gravelly Hill North

Erdington

Birmingham, B23 6BQ

(The club is located behind the St Mary & St John Church, close to Junction 6 of the M6)


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 15th October 2008

MOM-10-08


Tyler Fry Tenor Drumming Seminar

Everything is pretty much sorted for the Beeston Pipe Band/Midlands Branch RSPBA Tenor Drumming Seminar with Tyler Fry

Venue : Beeston Rylands Junior School

Date : 18th October 2008

Time : 10.00 for 10.30 start until 5pm

Details and Maps will be available shortly on the Beeston website www.pipeband.org.uk

Fee : Midlands Branch Members - free, others £15 per adult, £7.50 for under 18's

Cheques payable to "Beeston & District Pipe Band Society" - bring them with you on the day or contact Fiona Hedley (fiona.hedley@yahoo.co.uk) who will provide you an address for posting them to.

(This is a 'not-for-profit' activity and 'non Midlands Branch fees' are to cover costs not met by the branch)


Birmingham Contest

Results Summary Sheets Attached

Summaries 2008


Branch Meeting

Minutes of Meeting - 11th June 2008

MOM-06-08


Birmingham Contest

Draw for Contest Attached

Draw 2008

Unfortunately due to the lack of entries, the Drum Majors event has been cancelled for this years Birmingham Centenary Square Pipe Band Contest.


Sad News!

We've been informed of the untimely death of Tony Lee

Tony was the former Pipe Major of the Mickleover RBL and Borough of Charnwood Pipe Bands

His funeral service is to be held at the Oasis Christian Centre, Derby Road, Long Eaton on Monday 19th May at 2pm


Birmingham Centenary Square Pipe Band Contest

(Click on the image to view a pdf copy of the entry form - right click on the image and select "Save Target As" to download it)


Branch Meeting

8.00pm, Wednesday 11th June 2008

St Mary & St John Social Club

20 Gravelly Hill North

Erdington

Birmingham, B23 6BQ

(The club is located behind the St Mary & St John Church, close to Junction 6 of the M6)


Branch Meeting

8.00pm, Wednesday 9th April 2008

United Services Club

Gough Street (off Suffolk Queensway)

Birmingham, B1 1HN

MOM-04-08


Branch Meeting

8.00pm, Wednesday 6th February 2008

United Services Club

Gough Street (off Suffolk Queensway)

Birmingham, B1 1HN

MOM-02-08


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 12th December 2007

MOM-AGM

 


BIRMINGHAM PIPE BAND CONTEST 2008

The date has now been confirmed as 6th July 2008.

Entry Forms will be available to download from this site in Mid February.


BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008

If you need to organise accommodation for the British Championships www.visitbirmingham.com has a useful "Accommodation" section, plus a whole host of other information about Birmingham.


BIRMINGHAM PIPE BAND CONTEST 2008

The branch is extremely proud to announce that, in addition to the British Championships at Cannon Hill Park, there will be a second pipe band contest in the City of Birmingham in 2008.

Where?

Where else but the unique environment of Centenary Square!

Such was the success of last years 'contest in the square', and the words of overwhelming praise received from the bands who competed there, that, with the support of Birmingham City Council, the branch have committed themselves to organising a sequel.

When?

6th July (subject to approval by the RSPBA)

Contact Diane Anderson for further details


BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008 - BIRMINGHAM!

On the 28th June 2008, the City of Birmingham has been granted the honour of hosting the British Pipe Band Championships.

This will see a return to the outstanding venue of Cannon Hill Park - for so many years the home of the Birmingham Pipe Band Contest.

Any bands looking for assistance with locations/accommodation in Birmingham for the event can contact

Julie Rooker on 0121 202 5005

or by e-mail

julie.rooker@marketingbirmingham.com


Tyler Fry Course - Day 2 Photographs

(Thanks to David MacLean for supplying the photographs)


Tyler Fry Course - Day 1 Photographs


Tyler Fry Course - Report

I would like to thank everyone who came along and supported this event. I think everyone would agree that this turned out to be another roaring success and Tyler was brilliant in catering for all the different levels that people were at. It was lovely to see the youngsters from Ashbourne so full of enthusiasm and showing us veterans (Tyler’s polite wording for us older ones) how it should be done.

It was also nice to see the Tenors from Grampian Corby, Northampton, Surrey and Wirral Pipe Band. We have all probably stood next to each other at sometime on massed bands but apart from polite smiles and nods, have never really got to know each other; well this weekend has changed that. I would like to thank you all for making this weekend so enjoyable.

Special thanks must also go to the West Midlands Fire Service Pipe Band for hosting the course and of course The West Midlands Fire Service for allowing the use of their excellent facilities.  My final thanks have got to be for Tyler himself for giving us an insight into a small part of his Tenor Drumming World.

THANK YOU ALL.

Diane


Branch Meeting (AGM)

7.00pm, Wednesday 12th December 2007

United Services Club

Gough Street (off Suffolk Queensway)

Birmingham, B1 1HN


Tyler Fry Course

This years Bass and Tenor drumming course presented by the man himself!

Beginners Session - 20th October

Experienced Session - 21st October

Note : Even though the sessions are streamed towards Beginners and Experienced players, you are welcome to attend both days if you wish. Beginners can still watch and learn on the Sunday, even if the skills required are above their current capability - and of course it never hurts for advanced players to revisit the basic skills from time to time!

Please contact Diane Anderson if you are interested in attending as places are limited.


Branch Meeting

8.00pm, Wednesday 3rd October 2007

United Services Club

Gough Street (off Suffolk Queensway)

Birmingham, B1 1HN


Branch Meeting

Wednesday 8th August 2007

One of the agenda items for this meeting will be a discussion on the possibility of running a further Tyler Fry Tenor Drumming Course on 17th &18th November.

Can all bands in favour of this, please contact Diane Anderson with an indication of likely numbers of people wanting to attend.

Minutes of Meeting

MOM-08-07


Images from the Birmingham Centenary Square Contest 2007


Birmingham Pipe Band Contest

Draw & Times

Grade 4 (Start 12.00 Noon)

1. Welsh Piping Society

2. Henderson Caledonian Pipe Band

3. Grampian Corby

4. Triumph RBL

5. University of Bedfordshire

6. Nottinghamshire Police

7. Wolverhampton

Grade 3 (Start 2.00pm)

1. University of Bedfordshire

2. Welsh Piping Society

3. Nottinghamshire Police

4. Beeston & District

5. Grampian Corby

6. Greater Manchester Fire Service

Grade 2 (Start 3.00pm)

1. Beeston & District

2. Greater Manchester Fire Service

Massed Bands (4.30pm)

Note : Drum Majors Event Cancelled


Branch Meeting

Wednesday 6th June 2007

Minutes of Meeting

MOM-06-07


Birmingham Pipe Band Contest Entry Form

(Click on the image to view a pdf copy of the entry form - right click on the image and select "Save Target As" to download it)


Birmingham Pipe Band Contest Returns

1st July 2007 will see the return of the Birmingham Pipe Band Contest. After losing it from the calendar in 2006, concerns were felt that perhaps this was the end for an event which had been a regular fixture on the English pipe band contest scene for nearly forty years.

However, due to some sterling work by the branch officers, the first Sunday in July will once again see pipe bands competing in the City of Birmingham, and we do mean "in the City", as this years venue is no less than Centenary Square, in the heart of the City.

This is the home of the International Convention Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Hall of Memory and the venue for Birminghams New Years celebrations.

Entry forms for the contest will be available shortly to download from this website.

Further information on the square itself can be found at:

www.birminghamuk.com/centenary.htm


Branch Meeting

Wednesday 11th April 2007

Minutes of Meeting

MOM-04-07


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 13th December 2006

MOM-AGM


Tyler Fry Course

On the 18th & 19th November, the branch organised a Bass Section course presented by Tyler Fry (House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead)

The course took place in at the Fire Service Centre in Birmingham and was extremely well attended.

If you want to leave a message with your impressions of the course please visit the Message Board.

Here's a report from Diane Anderson on the event

The Midland Branch Tenor Drumming course run by Tyler Fry turned out to be a roaring success.  I think I speak for everyone who attended when I say what an enjoyable and informative weekend it was.

Every aspect of tenor drumming was covered, from tying  the cord onto the sticks, tuning the drum, reading and writing music and of course not forgetting the flourishing, which we all had fun with (even a certain Grade 3A Leading drummer who was playing with a pair of pink tenor sticks looked as though he was enjoying it)

It was lovely to see the enthusiasm on the faces of the younger members of the branch from Triumph Motors and Nottinghamshire Police and also showing the more mature members how it should be done!

We all went away with something more than we came with.  We are wiser tenor drummers and we all made new friends.

Tyler has agreed to come back next year to take another course and the Branch will do everything it can to achieve this.

Thanks to everyone for turning up and making this a success.  With special thanks to Tyler

Here are just a few images from the event....

Good to see it wasn't all hard work!!.....

A great event at a perfect venue - many thanks for the hospitality extended to the Branch by the West Midlands Fire Service for the use of their premises for this event.


Minutes of Branch Meeting - October 2006

MOM-10-06


Weston Park Contest - Cancelled

Unfortunately due to a lack of entries, this year's contest has had to be cancelled.

We hope this is only a temporary setback for 2006 and talks are already underway with the event organisers for a contest next year.


Return to Cannon Hill!

Discussions are underway about the potential for a new contest next season at the old Birmingham venue of Cannon Hill Park.