September 30, 2002

Lamond and Turner Quit Dysart (Updated)

Brian Lamond and Paul Turner, Pipe-Major and Lead Drummer, respectively, of the Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band have resigned, with many band members and the organizing committee reportedly also quitting.

There is no word on where either group will end up, whether a new band will be formed or if the former members of Dysart will join an existing band.

According to a source within the band, “There have been developments over the last few days but at the moment, nothing
concrete has been decided. The rumours that Brian and Paul resigned are correct. It would be pointless for me to say anything to the contrary until we are absolutely sure about the future of the band.”

The mass departure comes at a time when Dysart & Dundonald enjoyed its best season in over a decade, winning prizes at three of five major championships. The band has never been able to fully regain its top form since it won successive World Championships in 1977 and ’78.

Lamond took over Dysart in the fall of 1999. He had previously played with Canada’s Peel Regional Police and Australia’s Victoria Police. He also has released two successful CDs of his piping and original songs performed on guitar. Turner has led several top drum corps, including those of the Grampian Police, Vale of Atholl, and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.


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