South Australia’s Grade 2 City of Adelaide Pipe Band has appointed Olav Goud to the position of Leading-Drummer, the experienced Holland-born drummer moving from Scotland to take on the new challenge.
Goud is a snare drummer with Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, and before 2010 spent five years with the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band. He originally moved to Scotland to compete with the now defunct Polkemmet Pipe Band in 1998, and subsequently played with the Lothian & Borders Police from 2000 until 2005.
Despite taking on the Leading-Drummer role with City of Adelaide, Goud will continue to compete with Boghall & Bathgate in the northern hemisphere’s summer events.
Led by Pipe-Major Brett Tidswell, City of Adelaide was started in 1991 and has competed in Grade 2 since 1992, winning Grade 2 17 times at the South Australian Championships, four times at the Victorian Championships and twice at the Australian Championships in grades 1 and 2.
“We are delighted by Olav’s appointment,” said City of Adelaide Pipe-Sergeant Andrew Fuller. “It comes at the perfect time for the band . . . 2011 will be a year of consolidation and planning for the City of Adelaide. A return to Grade 1 and more success at that level is a top priority for the band, and Olav’s appointment is a decisive move in that direction. From there, we can aim higher again.”
Fuller added that the band “welcomes any interest from abroad” from pipers and drummers interested in moving to South Australia, and is “well versed in assisting anyone who wishes to come.”