Coyne flips Pipe-Majors
The Grade 2 James J. Coyne Memorial Pipe Band of Los Angeles has appointed 21-year-old Tim Burke as new Pipe-Major, replacing Seumas Coyne, the founder and original pipe-major of the band, which is named to commemorate his late father.
According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, the band will continue under the same name, as it is closely aligned with the Coyne Memorial School of Piping & Drumming.
Burke has played with the band for two years. Darrell Calvillo will remain as Pipe-Sergeant.
Coyne is reportedly moving to Wyoming with his family, and his status with the band is not known, although he is still listed on the band’s roster.
James J. Coyne Memorial enjoyed a successful season in Grade 2, and has confirmed its attendance at the April 2011 Las Vegas International Celtic Festival.
Seumas Coyne has been a member of several bands over the years, including Simon Fraser University, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia, City of Washington, St. Mary’s, Los Angeles Scots and the now defunct Chicago Caledonia and City of Glendale bands, of which the latter two he was Pipe-Major.