James King Leaves Vale of Atholl

Published: April 30, 2002
(Page 1 of 1)

James King, one of history’s greatest pipe band drummers, has left the McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, announcing his retirement from competition.

Ian Tobin, a drummer with the band, takes over as Leading Drummer.

King had been with the Vale since the early 1990s, and is most famous for leading the Dysart & Dundonald drum section in that band’s heyday in the 1970s, including when it won the World Pipe Band Championship in 1976 and ’77.

King had also played with the Polkemmet Colliery Pipe Band in the 1980s as flank drummer to Jim Kilpatrick, and spent a year in Kansas City in the late 1980s. He is also a former World Solo Drumming Champion.

It is thought that James King will now turn his attention to judging and teaching. Vale of Atholl also changed Pipe-Majors after the 2000 season, with Andrew Renwick taking over from Ian Duncan after the latter spent 26 years as leader of the band.

p|d

What do you think? We always want to hear from our readers, so please use our comment system to provide your thoughts!

Do you have news? Be sure to send your information to pipes|drums. We can’t report what we don’t know about! Please remember to support the businesses that advertise and make the not-for-profit p|d possible.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
February 20, 1998Simon Fraser University plays concert at Carnegie Hall.
MOST RECENT POST
  • The next big thing
    Thu, 9 Feb 2017
    Plastic drones. They’re here and they will soon be played and win prizes at every level. That’s my personal prediction based on a number of factors. First, the CITES blackwood restrictions are already adding expense and time to de …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS February 23, 2017Pittsburgh Piping Society (Smallpipes Night)Cafe Sam 5242 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15224

March 3, 2017Buffalo Bagpipe Band Club 2nd Annual Higland Ball “A Musical Progression”Brownschidle Legion Post Kenmore NY

March 3, 2017Redding Bagpipe CompetitionRed Lion Hotel, Redding, CA USA

March 3, 2017Winnipeg Scottish FestivalCanadinns Polo Park

March 3, 2017Pipers Club AtlanticThe Old Triangle Alehouse 5136 Prince Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

TIP OF THE DAY
Make every piece of finger technique in exactly the same way. Concentrate on applying the same strategy to golf, because if you swing the club the same way every time you will be a much better golfer. Fourteen clubs; one swing. It’s the same thing.
Colin MacLellan, Edinburgh

FROM THE ARCHIVES