Although the competition season is underway for the Grade 1 Los Angeles Scots, it hasn’t prevented the band from making a substantial leadership change by dropping Lead-Drummer Richard Baughman and replacing him with long-time corps member Glenn Kvidahl.
The move came after the band’s participation in the Las Vegas Highland Games over the April 17-18 weekend, where it finished second to the reigning World Champions Simon Fraser University.
Following a request for comment, a statement from the band to pipes|drums said, “The Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band has replaced Richard Baughman as Drum-Sergeant and Glenn Kvidahl, a long time member of the drum corps, will be made Drum Sergeant effective immediately. We appreciate the effort and contributions Richard has made to the band over the past few years and wish him well moving forward in his pipe band endeavors. The balance of the drum corps line-up will remain relatively unchanged and the band still plans to compete in Northern Ireland and at the World’s this summer.”
The band described Kvidahl as “a major contributor to both the pipe and drum corps’s repertoire,” and said it looks forward to the future under his leadership.
About his new role with the band, Kvidahl said, “I joined the LA Scots in 2002 and have really enjoyed being a part of such a world class competitive band and organization. With almost all of the corps intact, and a few prospects for this season, we’re already working together to make this year the best ever for the drum corps. [Pipe-Major] Colin [Armstrong] and I have worked on arranging music for the band for six years and have very similar goals for the bands overall performance and sound. Being appointed drum-sergeant is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to this coming season with the band.”
While “philosophical differences on the direction of the band that hit an impasse” were cited by the band as the reason for the change,” Baughman was less sanguine.