THREE new drummers have joined the 2003 world champion drum
corps of the House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe band.
They will spend this year's competition season under the
leadership of 14 times world solo drumming champion Jim
Kilpatrick, who is the Leading Tip of the band.
Twenty two-year-old Tyler Fry was tenor drummer with the 78th
Fraser Highlanders for nine years and resigned from the band in
the middle of January to join with Shotts.
Norman MacLeod, the well-known tenor drummer with the Vale of
Atholl and most recently the David Urquhart Travel, will join the
bass section. Then at the end of January Carl Lenny, who was
Leading Tip with the Los Angeles Scots (USA) and played with them
for several years, returned to Scotland and rejoined Shotts.
Carl played with Shotts during the drum section's eleven world
Anyone wishing to hear this band with their world class drum
corps can do so when the band will compete at the European
Championships to be held in Lisburn on Saturday 31 July.
Anyone wishing to travel to the Annual General Meeting in
Glasgow on Saturday 13 March should notify secretary Lorraine
McVeigh as soon as possible. A coach will leave Belfast on Friday
12 March to connect with the ferry leaving at 5 10pm, and
returning on Sunday 14 March at 2.45pm.
Lorraine has all the details so please contact her on 9752 1657
or mobile 07808 761623. Armagh Pipers Club have released a new
album entitled 'Live Recording from the William Kennedy Piping
Festival'. This 70 minute CD was recorded during the first nine
years of the Festival and launched at the l0th Anniversary in
Armagh in November 2003.
The album is a diverse collection of bagpipe music from all
over Europe, featuring musicians from the piping traditions of
Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northumberland, England, Galicia,
Asturias, Sardinia and Italy, and including two of Ulster's best -
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and solo piper Robert Watt.
The album is a celebration not only of the individual
virtuosity of some of the contributors but also of the vibrancy
and diversity of the piping traditions across Europe. The CD is
distributed by Claddagh Records and Ossian Publications Cork, and
further details can be obtained by telephoning 37-511248.
David Barnes, the son of the late Johnny Barnes, has returned
to Grade 2 Polkemmet Pipe Band with the aim of restoring the band
to the elite Grade 1. Under his leadership David led the band to
winning the Grade 1 Scottish and European championships and
finished as high as second in the Worlds.
Also joining the band as Leading Tip will be James King, who
worked with David previously in the band. He is best known for his
work with Dysart & Dundonald when they won the world championship
title in the late 1970s.
James MacHattie is the new Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Toronto
Police Pipe Band. He was directly responsible for the band's
chanter sound, and has played with the band for several years.
He takes over from Ian MacDonald who led the band to qualifying
for the Grade 1 finals of the world Championships in 2001, 2002
and 2003, and who will stay on with the band as a piper.
The Toronto Police also changed leading drummers after the 2003
season with Jeremy Keddy resigning and Craig Stewart taking on the
The Queensland Police Force of Australia have decided that
their pipe band will not be allowed to take part in competitions.
This also happened to the Victoria Police Pipe Band in 1998 after
they won the world championship title, under Pipe Major Nat
The Queensland Police will continue but will only take part in
ceremonial occasions. The only remaining competing police band in
Australia is the Western Australian Police Pipe band.