Published: November 30, 2005

Andrew Scullion new Ballinderry Bridge leading-drummer

Andrew Scullion has returned to the Grade 1 pipe band scene, joining Ballinderry Bridge of Northern Ireland as the band’s new leading-drummer.

Scullion was formerly leading-drummer of the Field-Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. He left FMM in 2002 after a difference of opinion with the band. Scullion joined Shotts & Dykehead in 2003, but never actually played with the band in a competition. He is a former winner of the World Solo Drumming Championship.

Andrew Scullion replaces Melvin Bowman, who stepped down in September. Bowman is thought to be playing with Field-Marshal Montgomery.

According to an anonymous source close to the band, Ballinderry Bridge’s existing drummers are staying, and Scullion is bringing with him several new players.

The Ballinderry Bridge change makes that band the sixth leading-drummer change in Grade 1 since September. City of Washington, Glasgow Pipes & Drums, the Los Angeles Scots, Prince Charles, and Vale of Atholl have all appointed new lead-tips.

Ballinderry Bridge finished fourteenth in the Grade 1 Qualifying competition at the 2005 World Pipe Band Championships.

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