Published: January 31, 2009

Despite bad economy, new piping jobs available

If the availability of two new full-time paid positions is any indicator, the piping and drumming world might seem recession-proof, as separate searches for suitable candidates for posts in Glasgow and New Zealand have been launched.
 
The Southland Piping and Drumming Development Trust of New Zealand has opened a position for a full-time piping tutor for 2009, with a possible option of a second year in 2010.
 
The successful candidate would have the responsibility of working with the pipe-majors of the seven bands in Southland “to assist with the development of their bands, to develop and manage programs for solo piping and to assist and manage programs for 20 piping tutors registered with the Trust,” according to Development Trust Chairman: Allister Macgregor, who invites interested applicants to contact him by e-mail.
 
The Southland Trust was formed in 2007 by several New Zealand business leaders involved with piping and drumming with an objective of “making Southland the icon of Scottish culture in New Zealand by focusing on developing, nurturing and growing a wave of talented young pipers and drummers who integrate with, and grow, the broader musical entertainment scene in Southland.”
 
According to Scott Birrell, a drummer who has been working with the Southland Trust since the fall of 2008, “It is the chance of a lifetime for someone to come out and challenge themselves and the opportunity to be a part of something completly fresh and exciting. The successful applicant will not only have the chance to promote Scottish arts but will also be able to travel the country, see some amazing sights and meet good friendly people.”
The National Piping Centre in Glasgow is also once again in hiring mode, seeking an administrative officer to fulfill a newly created position. The role, which carries a salary of between £14,000 and £18,000, entails the running of tuition, events and courses, coordinating information between departments, managing tuition bookings and student records, and general administrative support.
 
The National Piping Centre also said that its National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is inviting interested young pipers and drummers to inquire about joining the program, which is now run by Alisdair McLaren, after the departure of Paul Warren.
 
Auditions for both the Senior and Development bands will be held on January 31st and February 8th, and a completed audition form, available from the National Piping Centre, must be received no later than January 26th.

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