Published: September 30, 2000

Drew Duthart New Lead Drummer for Peel Police

Drew Duthart, former lead drummer of the Metro Toronto Police Pipe Band and drummer with bands such as Shotts & Dykehead and British Caledonian Airways, hasa been appointed the lead drummer of the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band of Brampton, Ontario.

Duthart takes over the corps from former lead drummer, Jeremy Keddy, who joined the band in 1999 but voluntarily stepped down after the 2000 season. Keddy has decided to leave Peel Police to join crosstown rivals Toronto Police as a member of theat band’s drum line, under lead drummer Alan Savage.

Duthart’s return is welcome news, not for only Peel Police, but for the Ontario scene as a whole, as he has not played with a band for several years.

“We are very pleased that we were able to get Drew, as he brings to the band a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Pipe Major John Elliott. “Drew is very excited and looking forward to getting back into competition again.”

Peel Police enjoyed a solid 2000 season, winning two Ontario Champion Supreme contests, and beating the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, which finished fifth in the World Pipe band Championship, at Fort Erie and Cambridge.

“It’s great that Drew Duthart is back where he should be: leading a top Grade 1 band’s drum corps,” said one insider. “This will no doubt catapult Peel Police further ahead for 2001.”

Drew Duthart is the son of the great drummer Alex Duthart, who was voted “Most Important Pipe Band Drummer of the Century” by Piper & Drummer readers in the magazine’s “End of the Millennium” issue of November 1999.

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