MacKenzie Caledonian changes L-Ds mid-performance

Published: September 30, 2012
(Page 1 of 1)

The Grade 2 MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band of Dundee, Scotland, made what is thought to be a first for the piping and drumming world when the band officially changed leading-drummers in the middle of its medley competition performance at the last contest of the season at the Pitlochry Highland Games on September 9th.

The drum section made the move during the slow air when the band played up to Grade 1, and Barham Brummage transitioned duties to new lead-tip Calum Burns.

“It was suggested by the Pipe-Sergeant in a moment of madness that it would be a good idea to make the transition mid-way through the Grade 1 performance,” Brummage said. “An appropriate moment was identified in the slow air and the change was made ushering Calum Burns into his position as Leading-Drummer of the band. I would not imagine such a transition has been done before and certainly not so public. Not all changes are done with general disharmony.”

While drummers have at times had to take over the lead-tip position mid-performance due to illness or instrument malfunction, a permanent transition of duties mid-competition-performance has likely never occurred before.

The majority of leadership changes in pipe bands are made with some acrimony, and most recently the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band of Ontario dismissed Leading-Drummer Graham Brown, with most of the drum section following him in protest. Brown subsequently joined House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead. The band has reportedly already built a drum section of eight under new Leading-Drummer Graham Kirkwood.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 1.5/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0
  1. uilleannonlooker

    can’t see the problem in it, seems like a nice gesture, might not be for a major championship but at a minor games and if no rules are infringed, why not? they were just thinking outside the box inside the circle.

NEW APP AVAILABLE
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
MOST RECENT POST
  • Pipecycle
    Sun, 24 Apr 2016
    Some know that I like cycling and bikes. I don’t compete or anything, and am mainly a commuter cyclist, and I’ve ridden to work at least a few times a week year-round for about a dozen years now. Depending on … Continue reading → …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS April 30, 2016Ogden Legion Indoor CompetitionHeritage Christian Academy 2003 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary AB

April 30, 2016Michael Grey Recital in London, ONLondon, Ontario

April 30, 2016Kiwanis Amateur Piping & Drumming & Band CompetitionLondon Central Secondary School, 509 Waterloo St , London, ON

April 30, 2016Kiwanis Amateur Piping/Drumming & Mini Band CompetitionLondon Secondary School, London, ON

May 7, 2016KNOCKOUT FINAL – SCOTTISH PIPERS’ ASSOCIATIONGlasgow Scotland - College of Piping Otago St.

TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: When your bag is too big, it tends to slip, produces pressure on your left arm and in general will detract from your ability to play.
James Begg, Begg Bagpipes, Glasgow