Carter leaves Fredericton L-D post; joins 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
Matt Carter, leading-drummer of the Grade 1 Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band for the last 12 years, has left to join the Grade 1 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band. Carter will reportedly simply play in the 78th Highlanders’ corps under L-D David Danskin.
Carter follows former Fredericton Pipe-Major Derick Wilson, who joined the 78th Highlanders in October 2007 after many years with the band. Wilson was reportedly ousted to make way for new pipe-major Gord Perry.
“My reasons for leaving are based on the departure of several key players from my ‘dream corps’ corps,” Carter said. “I love the Fredericton band. I grew up with them and will always think of them as my extended family but after spending years building a great corps and then slowly watching it dissolve as people’s lives took them in different directions, I feel that after 24 years with the band, 12 as lead drummer, I no longer have the time to build another corps all over again. This was the toughest decision I have ever made.”
Fredericton will meet soon to address the situation, according to Pipe-Sergeant Chris Gallant, who added, “The band thanks Matt for his many years of contribution, and wish him well with his latest endeavors.”