All Ireland Pipe Band Championship

Saturday 6 July 2019
Ballymena Academy Playing Fields

All Ireland Pipe Band Championship
Saturday 6 July
Ballymena Academy Playing Fields

The 74th edition of the prestigious All-Ireland Pipe Band Championships, and the first occasion the picturesque grounds of Ballymena Academy will be hosting.

The championships rotate each year between a venue in the Republic and Northern Ireland. It is one of the key outings in the pipe band calendar and always attracts a strong entry list.

Organised by the Joint Association Council of the RSPBA NI Branch and the Irish Pipe Band Association in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, the contest gets underway at 11am.

Up to 2,000 musicians from 60 pipe bands and 45 drum majors from all over Ireland will be joined by two Australian bands, including Knox Grammar School. Twelve-times World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, has also confirmed its participation.

At the end of the competition there will be the spectacle of the Grand Finale March Past and Salute to the Chieftain, when all the bands come together and play as one before the prize giving.

As well as the band competitions, there will be classes for drum majors and Scottish Highland Dancers.

For the first time the competition site will also host a tented circus skills workshop where spectators can learn new skills and put on a show of their own.

A free shuttle bus service will operate between the competition venue and the retail offering in the middle of town.

Admission is free.