Auckland & District again seeking a new L-D

Published: June 18, 2014
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Auckland_District_logo_smallAlmost exactly a year ago the Grade 1 Auckland & District Pipe Band of New Zealand announced its search for a new lead-drummer, ultimately settling on Adam Alexander from within the existing ranks. But the band is again hanging out a shingle for a new corps leader.

With Alexander living in and travelling to and from Wellington – a seven-hour drive or two-hour flight – the band wants a lead-drummer who either already lives in or will move to Auckland.

The band has committed the last year to “rebuilding and consolidation,” saying it has eight snare drummers, four tenors and bass in the drum section. The band’s site lists 24 pipers on the roster.

“Adam Alexander, a New Zealand National Open Champion, did a fantastic job bringing in new players into the drum corps and under his leadership attained two seconds at Palmerston North Square Day against bands that had qualified for the Final at the World Championships only four months prior,” the band’s Pipe-Major Ben McLaughlin said in a release to pipes|drums.

Auckland & District in a 2014 photo.

The band decided last year to go with an existing player to be L-D, after recently appointing a new pipe-major, pipe-sergeant and lead-tenor.

Auckland & District has in its Grade 1 history won 12 New Zealand Championships. The band is asking interested drummers to inquire through its website.

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