January 31, 2006

DUT hangs out shingle for new P-M

Scotland’s David Urquhart Travel Pipe Band, which lost its pipe-major when Chris Armstrong left to take over ScottishPower, is still without a leader, according to exclusive information provided to Piper & Drummer Online.

The band said that “discussions” with two candidates for the P-M post have not led to an agreement.

“The discussions . . . with the candidates were very positive and would have resulted in the start of an exciting period in the band’s long history, [but] neither of the candidates was able to fully commit the necessary time resources, at present, that the position entails for a successful conclusion,” said band spokesman Neil Whitelaw.

Whitelaw stressed that the band’s drum corps remains intact and has continued practicing with “the remaining members of the pipe corps.” He also said that David Urquhart Travel Limited, the band’s sponsor, is completely aware of the situation and “continues to fully support the band in its efforts to maintain its position within the Grade 1 competition arena.”

The band is openly seeking applications from prospective pipe-majors, and candidates should submit a summary of experience and his/her “general approach for the position” by e-mail by close 5 p.m. (GMT), February 10, 2006.

The band has not indicated what action it might take if no pipe-major is secured by the deadline. Along those lines, the Grade 2 Polkemmet Pipe Band has announced that it may fold if a drum corps is not in place by February 13.


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