If the PM is flying off the handle and overreacting, why is the band’s management team not leaping into action to pull him into line and restore some sense, I wonder....?
According to the article, some drummers (not all) have left, and certainly no pipers, it would seem.
Something is not adding up.
Hate to be a cynic, but if Brown woke up one day and decided to leave the band of his own accord, the same drummers would have left with him. Drummers seem more likely to adopt the ‘us and them’ attitude.
Anyone else find it funny that FredFomm, talked about how he set a conduct role model, but still made a "sparky comment" about the tenor drummer being talentless? Not saying it might not be deserved, just saying if you are indeed moving on, then move on. good luck to all, I'm already frothing at the mouth for the first practice post Worlds next week with my big dysfunctional family. 16 years straight!
Whoever is right or wrong in this matter - Carins, Brown, Watson, Sherlock - is of no importance if compared to the greater and ultimate outcome, which will be [already is being] the somewhat inevitable dissolution of a very good band or at least, of parts of it. Whoever heard them at the Worlds, as I did, gotta have loved them, as I did. We dissolved a band on similar grounds a few months ago and people still pick on each other from side to side - making sparky facebook comments about each other and whatnot. A talentless tenor drummer from that group has even publicly [on fb] summoned me for a brawn, like in the old days of the Far West. Duel at sunset and stuff. As much as I want to take my 6ft1' beefy figure there and 'talk' to him I have to set a conduct role model now that I'm the PM. Wrapping this up wishing all the best for all involved - Peel, Cairns, Brown and all pipers and drummers.
Published: August 22, 2012 Author: herecomethedrums
I think Doc makes a very valid point. It is never going to be easy on those surrounding the band to take a neutral stance. I notice from Graham's comments how he helped put the PM in position a number of years ago, so it perplexes me as to why such a vast shift in power occurred. It begs the question, "should the PM have absolute authority in the band?" or "should the PM only have a say in the musical direction of the band, rather than the appointment of personnel?". From my point of view, if the committee ruled the band (and as such band members), the PM ruled the musical direction of the band, and the lead tip ruled the drum section, surely such events could be avoided??? Just an over simplified thought....discuss folks
Always distressing when this happens. I like Graham and John both. Graham, good luck, I know you'll land on your feet and be fine. What Peel's doing for a drum corps will be the interesting thing for awhile...
I believe that we do work around these things just fine, it's just that with forums like these (of which I'm thankful) it makes it difficult because we all have our own opinions of the matter, and no matter small or bbig the issue is, it's rarely whats made up on here. Best of luck to both. Good of Graham to get that qualifying spot on the resume.
Published: August 21, 2012 Author: herecomethedrums
Drew, you made my morning with that "you...not so much comment"! Smackdown! Back to the point, it is sad that situations like this occur. However what is undoubtedly a difficult time with this door shutting for Mr Brown, may be a blessing in disguise, leading to another door opening and achieving bigger and better things. I am sure he will be an asset to any band, and any corps, be it in leadership or just rank and file drummer. The guy can play a bit....
Pipers: The golden rule when working with a reed is, "You can always take material off the cane, but you cannot put it back." So, remember, when removing the slightest amount of material, blow the reed again.