Jim Hutton: the pipes|drums Interview from the Archives – Part 4

Published: November 30, 2011

In this the final installment of our February 2000 interview with Jim Hutton, the late drumming luminary discusses his views on the World Pipe Band Championships, the RSPBA, teaching and his outlook on his own and the pipe band world’s future. For more than 50 years, Jim Hutton was a primary figure in pipe band drumming, playing for several decades alongside the legendary Alex Duthart in Shotts & Dykehead, Invergordon Distillery and the Edinburgh City Police. Hutton was a link with the formative years of pipe band drumming, and an important figure in the Lanarkshire area’s growth as a nurturing ground for pipe band snare drummers. In this final part he also discusses the “disease” that is pipe banding, and the fact that the best leaders are not always the best players.

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