The RSPBA is introducing a new Musical Appreciation and Presentation (MAP) competition format in 2006 at Major Championships for Grade 4 and Novice Juvenile pipe bands. To assist bands in preparing for the new competition format a self-development educational programme has been created by the RSPBA’s Academy of Pipe Band Musicianship.
Requirements for MAP 2008
The MAP format will continue to apply in the Grade 4 (A & B) and Novice Juvenile competitions at all Major Championships, and at the Ulster and English Championships. In the MAP Heats, Bands will require to present 3 two-parted 2/4 marches selected from the 22 tunes listed below. The required “Style and Interpretation” will continue to be “Spirited and Lively” (i.e. “rhythmic and expressive with clarity of execution and good musical effect”).
Requirements for the Final will be unchanged – i.e. 2 minutes 45 seconds to 4 minutes 30 seconds of Quick March Rhythm – and any MAP tunes played in the Heats can also be played in the Final. This gives Bands the opportunity to take MAP tunes into their main selection thus enhancing the skills already attained/practiced.
It is emphasised that the tunes are not test pieces and, therefore, bands may customise the music by adding or deleting embellishments as they see as appropriate to suit their ability. Bands are strongly recommended to refer to the guidance offered in “The Language of Music” provided with the original MAP pack.
MAP Marches for 2008
All 14 from 2006 list have been retained being:
Added for 2008: