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Tune and Tone are Paramount

Extract from the RNPS Rules (2008):

"Musical Competency

16. It is not intended to certificate musical competency within the Society, rather to encourage proficiency through constantly playing basic tunes and playing with local bands, individual tutoring and involvement with the established competition circuit. However to aid pipers wishing to progress, and to assist in the categorisation of pipers for Society records, the Society offers the following broad definitions of standard:

a. Elementary

Ability to play well two slow and two quick marches, and to keep a set of pipes in good condition.

b. Intermediate

(1) Ability to tune pipes unaided, including the setting of reeds, and a full knowledge of care and maintenance of the bagpipes.

(2) Ability to play well:
four slow marches
six quick marches
one strathspey
one reel

c. Advanced

Ability to play, to solo standard and consecutively, at least two four-part marches followed by two strathspeys and two reels. A suggested list of suitable marches, strathspeys and reels/jigs and a suggested march, strathspey and reel set is also given below:


P/M Donald MacLean of Lewis
All the Blue Bonnets are over the Border
Bonawe Highlanders
Dovecote Park
Glendaruel Highlanders
Pibroch o' Donald Dhu
79th's Farewell to Gibraltar
Earl of Mansfield
Leaving Port Askaig


Over the Bows to Ballindalloch
Maggie Cameron


Mrs MacCleod of Rasaay
The Piper of Drummond
The De'il Amang the Tailors
Kate Dalrymple
Rejected Suitor


Banjo breakdown
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Jig of Slurs

march, strathspey and reel set

P/M Donald MacLean of Lewis
Maggie Cameron
Rejected Suitor

Support of Pipe Bands

17. Although bands formed in shore establishments and large ships must be self-supporting if they are to succeed, the Society is able to assist in their formation and with any administrative problems which may arise. The Society will wish to be closely connected with the running and general management of such bands, as it is the official authority backing pipers throughout the Navy, and must therefore maintain a measure of controlled interest in any pipe band so formed. There is, however, no affiliation fee to be paid and the relationship between band and Society is one of friendly co-operation.

Common Society Tunes

18. No particular collection of music has been selected as the standard work used by the Society, however the following list of tunes is published in order to provide a core of basic tunes. It is aimed at encouraging Members and Friends to acquire enough tunes in common to enable them to play together at gatherings of the Society, or when they meet in out-of-the-way places.  Click on the highlighted tunes to get the dots in PDF format

2/4 marches
Set: Barren Rocks of Aden (two parts), Brown Haired Maiden, Mairis's Wedding

Teribus and Corriechoillies Welcome

Highland Laddie
(RSPBA McAllister arrgt)

3/4 marches
Set: The Green Hills, Battle's Over, Lochanside

4/4 marches
Set: Scotland the Brave, Rowan Tree, Bonnie Galloway, Rustic Bridge

6/8 marches
Set: Bonnie Dundee, Mucking of Geordies Byre, Steam Boat

Cock 'o the North (4 parts)

Because he was a Bonny Lad
Loudens Bonny Woods
Orange and Blue

High Road to Linton
Jock Wilson's Ball

Keel Row

Slow marches
Sky Boat Song

My Home

Highland Cathedral and Flower of Scotland

Others: Amazing Grace
, Bells of Dunblane, A Man's a Man, Na Awa Tae Bide Awa
Auld Lang Syne
, Cockney Jocks, Wooden Heart, When the Saints
, Life on the Ocean Wave

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