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ALAN MCBRIDE
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Alan McBride, five times World Senior Champion, has also won 13 Ulster, 13 All-Ireland, British, Scottish, European, Cowal and Australian Championship titles. From the age of 7 Alan was tutored by his father Henry, along with his sister Violet, brother Harry and nephew Darren. He has travelled all o..... (read more)
ALICIA DICKSON
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Alicia has been a drum major for the past 16 years she is a member of Matt Boyd memorial pipe band in County Tyrone. Alicia started drum majoring in the Corbet accordion band in Banbridge, of which she is still a member. Through this she subsequently got involved in the Scottish pipe band ass..... (read more)
ALISTAIR PATTERSON
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Drum Major Alastair Patterson
Drum Major Patterson from Castlederg, Co Tyrone, a Senior Quantity Surveyor in the Construction Industry has been a drum major now for 31 years, starting his career in Pipe bands at the age of 9.

Over the years Alastair progressed in the compet..... (read more)
AUGHINTOBER PIPE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Aughintober Pipe Band comes from Castlecaulfield, which is a small village in Co.Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Originally a flute band which was formed to lead the local Aughintober Orange Lodge, the transition to pipes was made in 1949. The tradition of leading the local Lodge still contin..... (read more)
BALLINRAN FLUTE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Ballinran is a small townland two miles outside the village of Kilkeel at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, providing one of the most beautiful backdrops under which to produce great music.

The band is proud of its strong community base and has one of the strongest and most dynamic drum co..... (read more)
BRIAN WILSON MBE
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Brian Wilson MBE Brian Wilson twice World Senior Champion, didn't take it up until he was 18 but committed himself to this and in doing so he's become one of the top drum-majors on the arena. He has travelled extensively all over the World to compete and take part in major Championships and Tattoos ..... (read more)
BROOKEBOROUGH FLUTE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013

 

Based in the village of Brookeborough, Co Fermannagh, the band are a flute band in the terms of which Sir James Galway would understand from his days in Onward Flute Band.

With a strong community base and a strong belief in giving young people a strong base from which to lear..... (read more)
COTTOWN PIPE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
The Cottown Pipe band started providing enteramment in 1947 and there are 24 members in the band. Consisting of seven drummers, twelve pipers and five learning. They practise every Monday night at the Stevenson Memorial Orange Hall at the Six Road Ends. ..... (read more)
DUNGANNON SILVER BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013

Dungannon Silver Band was formed in 1902 out of the local Conservative Flute Band and in its early years was known as Dungannon Brass and Reed Band, due to the addition of some available woodwind instruments. It was out of action during the two 'Great Wars' During WWI, when volunteers wen..... (read more)

DUNLOY ACCORDION BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
In 2006, Dunloy Accordion Band spectacularly celebrated it's 50th anniversary. From it's foundation in 1956 when it's members were from Dunloy and the surrounding areas, the band now enjoys a healthy membership drawn from throughout Northern Ireland.

The past 50 years have seen many diff..... (read more)
KILLEEN PIPE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Based in the rolling countryside close to Armagh City, Killeen Pipe Band are a talented ensemble who currently competes in Grade 3a.

In 1947 several members of Killeen LOL 1249 decided to form a band and under the tutorship of acting Pipe Major Sam King the band stepped onto the road in 1..... (read more)
MANOR CUNNINGHAM PIPE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
The band was formed in the early 1900's, by a group of enthusiasts who were keen to learn to play the Scottish bagpipes with the idea of starting a pipe band. They invited the Pipe Major from a local band in Carrigans, Billy Radcliff, to help tutor the band. The band got off to a good start and was..... (read more)
MICHELLE JOHNSTON HIGHLAND DANCERS
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
The Michelle Johnston School of Highland Dancing was first formed in Moneyreagh in 2007. With classes now located in various venues accross the Province, over 40 dancers, girls and boys ranging from 3yrs to 18yrs, are registered with the school.

The dancers regularly compete World wid..... (read more)
MURLEY
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013

Murley Silver Band was formed in 1924 and took its name from the local district of Murley, a few miles from Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone (Northern Ireland) where most of the original members resided. At present the band is located in Fivemiletown, in the heart of the Clogher Valley. The late Gordon B..... (read more)

RAVARA PIPE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Ravara is one of N.Irelands most respected and top bands, not only today, but over many years. Ravara have a strong family connection covering many generations of the Connelly family, Father, sons and daughter all play/played in Ravara.

Formed in1946 and based in Saintfield, Co Down, Rav..... (read more)
ROBERT WATT - PIPER
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Robert, from Maghera in Northern Ireland, began to play his first instrument, the great highland bagpipe at the age of seven in his local pipe band, Tamlaght O'Crilly.

He was involved in competing and public performance from the beginning as the band progressed through the competition gr..... (read more)
ROGER YOUNG
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
I have been involved with Pipe Bands all my life, with an association to the role of Drum Major since the age of 5. My dad introduced me to Drum Majoring and I joined the band that he was a member of; Syerla Pipe Band. I began competing at the age of 8 in the Novice Juvenile Section and ..... (read more)
SEVEN TOWERS PIPE BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
The Seven Towers Pipe Band was founded in 1927 by a number of 'like minded lads' from the Harryville District of Ballymena. It has to be remembered that in those times, members would have to live within walking distance, or in some cases, cycling distance of the practice hall.

However, ..... (read more)
SUCCESS LION AND DRAGON DANCERS
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Success Lion and Dragon Dance Association is a non-profit organisation promoting better health and the spread of Chinese culture in Northern Ireland. They teach the Chinese martial art known as Hung Fut Pai, and the Chinese Lion and Dragon Dances to people of every age, race, religion, gender and cu..... (read more)
VIOLET MCBRIDE MBE
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Violet McBride, twice World Champion Senior Drum Major, was the first woman ever to win the title. She has also won Ulster, All-Ireland, British, European, Cowal and Scottish Championships in drum-majoring . Having represented both Ulster and Ireland for hockey the pinnacle of her career was in 1988..... (read more)
VOW ACCORDION BAND
Date: 27th & 28th September 2013
Vow is a small townland between Ballymoney and Rasharkin in Co Antrim. The band was formed in 1948, under its current leader, June Clyde, the band has focussed on attracting young people to take up the instrument and performing at local events associated with the UlsterScots tradition and culture. ..... (read more)