Atlanta makes P-M change; Recknagel gives way to Minnear

Published: November 30, 2011
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The Grade 3 Atlanta Pipe Band, one of the United States’ more established groups, has appointed Bobby Minnear Pipe-Major after long-time leader John Recknagel announced his retirement. Recknagel had been Pipe-Major of the band for most of the last 20 years.

Born,  raised  and now  a resident of  Atlanta, Minnear is one of the country’s leading solo pipers, and has been a member of the Atlanta Pipe Band last year as Pipe-Sergeant. Over his career he has been a member of the Grade 2 Scottish & Irish Imports Pipe Band, and in Grade 1 Clan MacFarlane, the Toronto Police and City of Washington. Between 1991 and 2004 he took a leave of absence from completion playing, returning in 2005 compete in the Professional solo grade and recently became an accredited adjudicator with the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

“My initial plans for the band are to identify contests outside of the [southern United States] to compete against the best we can find in Grade 3,” Minnear said. “My focus will be to impart on the band what I’ve learned over the years and try to raise the overall standard of playing. Consistency and unison playing – within and between the corps – to me are where the leader of a grade three band should focus.”

Recknagel was Pipe-Major of the Atlanta Pipe Band from 1993 to 1997, Pipe-Sergeant from 1998 to 2003, and Pipe-Major again 2004 to 2011. A native of Toledo, Ohio, he was a member of the Grade 1 Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band for many years in the 1970s and ’80s.

Recknagel is also an accredited judge with the EUSPBA, and will commit more of his time to adjudicating events.

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  1. JohnnyMac

    It has been my pleasure to meet both of these gentlemen as well as most of the Atlanta band members when visiting the Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina and the Stone Mountain Games in Georgia. We in WUSPBA don’t often have the chance to meet bands outside our region so I feel privileged that I’ve had the opportunity. Best of luck to both of you guys! — John McDonald, Pasadena Scots

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