Durham Police makes leadership changes
The Grade 3 Durham Regional Police Pipe Band of Oshawa, Ontario, has officially announced that it has made a leadership change, with Andrew Cairns agreeing to step down as pipe-major and Blair “Buz” Brown no longer filling the role of leading-drummer.
Tom Bowen will lead the band in competition and continue to run its music program, but the official pipe-major of the band is Alex Thomson, who will direct the band in police-force functions and continue to lead the organization’s Grade 4 competition band.
Coming little more than two months before the start of the Ontario season, the band is in need of drummers and is actively searching for new members. Those interested may contact Tom Bowen by e-mail.
Bowen has played with the Durham Regional Police for several years. He was a founding member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, playing with them for more than 20 years.
Cairns, who succeeded George Campbell as pipe-major of the Durham Regional Police in October 2004, has reportedly joined the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band and, according to the band, left on amicable terms; it is not known if Brown is playing with another band.
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