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RSPBA L & S of E Branch - PM Jim McGinn Memorial Competitions

Pipe Majors / Band Secretaries/Branch Secretaries

Dear All

you are invited to enter our next indoor competition on Sunday 15 May 2022 at the University of Bedfordshire, the Postgraduate & CPD Centre, University Square, LUTON LU1 3JE.

The closing date is the 1 May 2022 and the draw is scheduled to take place on Thursday 8 May 2022. I shall be grateful if you will send completed entry forms ASAP to assist with the administration and preplanning of the event.

For your convenience I attach copies of the entry forms - the Pipe Band, Mini Band and Quartet competitions; 2) Adult Amateur Solo Piping 3) Junior/Juvenile Solo Piping; 4) Solo Drumming and lastly the document listing the Description of Solo Events

Completed forms can be sent to branch_secretary@rspbalondon.org or by post to Irene Samson, 2 Barley Way, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0YD.

You will note that once again G4, G3 and G2 march strathspey and reel contests have been included.

Total entry fees payable may be settled either by:
(a) crediting the account of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (London & South of England Branch) with National Westminster Bank Plc Sort Code: 60-06-06 Account Number 28053109
(b) sending a cheque made payable to RSPBA London & South of England Branch to Irene at the above address.
If you have any issues regarding the above, particularly if you wish to vary the tunes across the different Band competitions, please email or telephone me preferably before the closing date.

I look forward to hearing from you.

-- Kind regards
Irene Samson
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association
London & South of England Branch
01206577560 or 07751520469

Since April 2020 Ian Kirkland has been developing a very valuable teaching resource for pipe band snare drummers, ie. detailed breakdowns of:

- Essential Rudiments
- RSPBA Prescribed Tunes
- Alex Duthart Fanfares (1957, 1966, 1972)
- Alex Duthart Book 1 Rudiments
- Alex Duthart Book 1 Scores
- Alex Duthart Book 2 Scores

They are available on his YouTube channel at this address:

The 'Compact' Super XTS pipe band snare drum

Having developed the Super XTS pipe band snare drum,
our designers at Flint Percussion decided to produce a 7" deep version.
We were a little surprised at just how bright this drum was and decided to give it a road test.
In this short video, John Beverland demonstrates how this drum can sound.
Even though this is the shorter version, John has expressed his wish to play this drum in solo competition.
This drum is also incredibly lightweight at just 3.5kg.

For more details visit the Flint Percussion website.

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