Pipe bands recognised at Stormont

THE worldwide success of Northern Ireland’s pipe bands was recognised last week at a reception at Stormont which had cross party support.

A Fermanagh group was among members of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association NI at the event.

It was hosted by Robin Swann MLA, and it attracted a large audience of MLAs and representatives from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ulster Scots Agency and other statutory and voluntary organisations.

Local Assembly member, Tom Elliott said it was a huge opportunity for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Northern Ireland Branch) to showcase how they promoted and advanced pipe band music here in Northern Ireland.

George Usher, President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said that the worldwide success achieved by RSPBANI bands in competition and sheer musicianship had been greatly assisted through partnership working with organisations such as the Arts Council, the Ulster Scots Agency and local councils.

“Last year, three world Pipe Band titles along with three Drum Major titles were won by RSPBANI members. The Branch firmly believes that this success is built through the teaching that is delivered by member bands and facilitated through the RSPBANI School.

“This year the School had the highest number of students at the largest number of venues since the Branch established its teaching facility back in 1980.”

Robin Swann MLA said the events organised by RSPBANI brought a huge economic benefit to Northern Ireland.

He said he was glad to see cross party support as well as the support from the First and Deputy First Minister.

The audience was treated to an impressive display of talent from three young musicians and a drum major display.


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