Willie Finnegan of the Monaghan County Association Birmingham joined us at our Tuesday night practice on the 2nd February to donate £500 to the band. The Monaghan Association was a very busy association raising thousands of pounds over the years for many different charities based in Birmingham. Our previous Pipe Major Frank Brennan was a leading force in the association along with Willie Finnegan and Frank was a founding member of the Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums. The donation is very welcome and will be put into very good use. It costs around £5000 per year to fund the band for uniform and playing equipment and as we lead up to the St Patrick’s Day Parades our expenditure increases to ensure we look and sound as good as possible.

The Monaghan Association no longer meets and after meeting with former committe members Willie decided that the funds still in the bank account should be put to good use rather than sitting in the account and paying fees every month. We were very glad to be one of the causes chosen for a donation along with Sister Sabina’s Fireside charity.

All in the band would like to pass on their thanks to Willie and the Monaghan Assosciation for their generosity, It will prove to be a great help to the band as we introduce more members in to the ranksIMG_0529

Willie Finnegan presenting the cheque fro £500 to Pipe Major Bill Grigg and the rest of the band at practice.

If you would like to contact the band to play at any event or if you would like to come along and learn either the pipes or drums please contact:

T:  Maurice on 0121 313 3660

M:  Maurice on 07967 376891

E:  bill,bipd@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Sunday the 8th November saw us marching round the streets of Kingstanding Birmingham as we marched veterans, those serving, cadet corps and scouts and brownies and many others from Perry Common British Legion No.1 to the Remembrance Day church service and back again on a mild and unusually warm November morning.

We have proudly led the Perry Common RBL around these streets for at least the last 9 years and they always make us feel very welcome, They are a great bunch of people and the first question we get asked at the end of every parade is can we do next year? The answer is always yes.

At the end of this years parade it was Joel Grigg who played at the laying of the wreaths and he played a really great rendition of ‘Mist Covered mountains’ a truly amazing slow air.

If you would like to contact the band to play at any event or if you would like to come along and learn either the pipes or drums please contact Bill Grigg – billgrigg@hotmail.com

Playing for the Perry Common RBL

Playing for the Perry Common RBL

Joel Grigg playing for the wreath laying

Joel Grigg playing for the wreath laying

 

 

 

Well Done

A very well done to the band for its’ performance at The All English Pipe Band Championships held at Chatsworth House on Sunday 6th September. We came 3rd in our grade (4b) on the day out of 6 competing pipe bands. As the new guys and gals on the block we are still learning loads about competition and we were really pleased with our result.  Since then we have had a change in our Drum Corps line up with a new Leading Tip and I look forward to developing a great sound between the Pipe Corps and the Drum Corps. Something i know that the whole band is looking forward to.

We are working hard on tunes for the St Patrick’s Day Parades that we will be playing in March and also on a new competition set that will be a move from our previous 4/4 set to a 2/4 set.

If you wish to contact the Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums to play at an event or to join us and have great fun playing pipes or drums please contact billgrigg@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

We have just finished the Huddersfield St Patrick’s Day Parade that was held on Sunday 8th March. As usual we received a great welcome from the Huddersfield committee and a great (if slightly damp), day was had by everyone.
Maurice Long had organised the coach which firstly picked up from the Irish Centre in Digbeth at 8.30am and then SS Mary and Johns in Erdington at 9am.
When all were aboard we were off, it was a leisurely drive and the craic on the coach was really good. We arrived at Huddersfield Irish Centre at 11.45am, plenty of time to get ready for the parade start at 1pm. We played ‘Dawning of The Day’ before the parade start and then we were off. It is quite a long parade route and takes 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. This does include a 30 minute stop in the centre of Huddersfield where all the floats do their bit and get judged in a competition. After the parade we are always treated to a great buffet for which we are really grateful and the staff and committe are always incredibly friendly and helpful. This year also saw the band walk 10 minutes to another Irish Centre and play for 10 minutes there. It was back on the coach at
4.30 pm and we were back in Brum by 7pm.
A great day and thank you to all that contributed, both playing and non-playing. I hope that all that joined the band for a day out really enjoyed themselves.
We have a busy period coming up with The Sandwell St Patricks’ Day Parade at 10am on Saturday 14th March. Straight to Derby for their parade at 12.45pm and then the Birmingham St Patricks’ Day Parade that starts at midday on Sunday the 15th. We are all looking forward to these events and all the fun that goes with them.

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