April 30, 2010

Maxwell made Life Member of BCPA

Maxwell has the distinction of leading a corps to a World Pipe Band Drumming Championship in three different decades. He was Lead-Drummer of the 78th Fraser Highlanders when the band won the award and the World’s overall in 1987. Maxwell, originally from Lochgelly, Scotland, was also a member of Scotland’s Dysart & Dundonald when that band won its World Drumming Championships in the 1970s under Lead-Drummer James King.

Also during the evening, the BCPA presented Terry Lee and Reid Maxwell with a framed print to commemorate the band’s 2009 World Pipe Band Championship win. The piece will hang on the Wall of World Champions in the United Scottish Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

The organization also recognized two British Columbia drummers who won World Solo Drumming Championships in the Juvenile Sections, Cameron Bullis in 2000 and James MacNeil in 2009.


  1. Funnily enough, our pipe major often tells us how he overheard Reid singing 2/4 marches as the corps was practicing, as well as any piper could, with all the correct phrasing and pointing and even gracenotes. It was an example of the respect for the music which has contributed to his stellar contribution to the art for which we are all priveleged.

  2. First off, congratulations to Reid. He is so deserving of this recognition. As for knowing and singing the tunes. My drumming instructor, Jim Walker Sr. and Reid grew up in the same area in Scotland. Jim could sing any tune, 2/4 to any tune you could name, better than most could play. It must be something in the water in the area, or perhaps the Scotch.



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