The Grade 2 Penetangore Pipe Band of Kincardine, Ontario, has appointed Jamie Connolly as its new pipe-major after the previous leader emigrated from Canada to settle in Europe.
Connolly has a long history of leadership experience in the top grades. He was previously pipe-major of the Toronto Transit Commission, Dofasco, Celtic Flair and the MacNaughton Highlanders, all maintaining places in Grade 2 and occasionally challenging at the Grade 1 level.
Connolly joins Leading-Drummer Harvey Dawson and the band will continue to work with Music Director Jake Watson, who is also Pipe-Sergeant of the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band.
In statement from the band, Connolly was described as having “a very positive and progressive teaching methodology” that he will bring to Penetangore.
Jamie Connolly replaces Doug Wickham, who led the band for two seasons.