Dysart rebuilding for 2009
The once mighty Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band of Fife, Scotland, is planning to reform for the 2009 season after being forced to sit out 2008 due to a significant loss of personnel.
The band saw a drop in numbers after the formation of the Grade 1 Fife Constabulary Pipe Band in August 2007. Fife Constabulary has enjoyed a solid debut season so far, finishing with mid-pack respectability at the two RSPBA championships in 2008.
According to a statement from the band, Dysart & Dundonald is “looking to recruit Grade 1 pipers and drummers to compete in the 2009 season.” Pipe-Major Brian Lamond and Leading-Drummer Carl Williams, who took the post after the 2007 season, will be conducting “workshops for youngsters wishing to learn pipes and drums to potentially become the ‘new blood’ for the future.”
The band said that it will begin recruiting new pipers and drummers for the Grade 1 band “immediately after” the Cowal Pipe Band Championships on August 23rd in Dunoon, Scotland. The first workshop will be held at the Dundonald Institute on July 26th, and the band welcomes all youngsters who wish to learn. Anyone interested in joining can contact the band by e-mail.
Dysart & Dundonald’s era of glory was 30 years ago when the band won consecutive World Championships in 1977 and ’78 under Pipe-Major Bob Shepherd and Leading-Drummer James King.