December 31, 2006

DUT / RBS merger fizzles as bands go separate ways

The November announcement that the Grade 1 David Urquhart Travel Pipe Band (DUT) was revitalized with a merger with the Grade 2 Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band (RBS) reportedly held true for only a few days before appointed Pipe-Major David McRobert departed and the two bands decided to go in independent directions.

According to sources close to one of the bands, both groups “have decided to stop their joint project and go it alone separately with no grudges or ill feeling.” RBS will reportedly remain registered in Grade 2 but the group’s Grade 4 band is likely to be the only band competing in 2007.

DUT’s status is not known, although the group reportedly asked the well known piper Stuart Cassells to take over the band but was turned down. Cassells has confirmed that he will help with the RBS teaching program wherever possible. Cassells has helped to recruit Steven Graham from the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band to be the drumming instructor for RBS.

Both DUT and the Grade 2 RBS sat out the 2006 season after DUT lost its Pipe-Major, Chris Armstrong, and many of its pipers and RBS lost most of its drum section.


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