Two x two-parted 2/4 marches or one x four-parted 2/4 march (all of own choice). Please note, the Quartet category is open to schools unable to form a pipe band and to pupils who have not had a competing experience, nor played with a pipe band.
Any two x two-parted tunes in quick march time signature (i.e. 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 or 9/8).
For non-RSPBA pipe bands a list of recommended two-parted and four-parted 2/4 marches is available from the RSPBA website – www.rspba.org – but bands may play other 2/4 marches of their own choice.
Two x two-parted 2/4 Marches or one x four-parted 2/4 March; two x two-parted Strathspeys or one four-parted Strathspey; and two x two-parted Reels or one four-parted Reel (Tunes all of own choice).
Four x two-parted 2/4 marches; or two x four-parted 2/4 march (all of own choice).
One march, strathspey and reel (each with a minimum of four parts).
Two x two-parted 2/4 marches or one x four-parted 2/4 march; and two x two-parted strathspeys or one four-parted strathspey; and two x two-parted reels or one four-parted reel.
All tunes must be selected from the list of prescribed tunes on the RSPBA website – www.rspba.org
Four x two-parted 2/4 marches.
All tunes must be selected from the list of prescribed tunes on the RSPBA website – www.rspba.org (which may include parts one and two of any of the four-parted tunes on the list).
Each freestyle musical ensemble must comprise at least six players, of whom at least two must be pipers and one a snare or kit drummer (not necessarily a pipe band drummer). There is no limit to the number of players of other instruments being used.
A musical performance lasting no more than five minutes. Although technical piping/drumming proficiency will be deemed important, general musicianship skills, harmony, originality, innovation, musical interpretation, movement and presentation, musical ensemble and vitality will be particular considerations.