September 30, 2005

Paul Turner back with the Vale

The Robert Wiseman Dairies Vale of Atholl Pipe Band has confirmed that Paul Turner is back with the band as leading-drummer. Turner replaces Ian Tobin, who headed the drum section since 2002. According to a statement by the band, Tobin “left the band by mutual consent.”

Paul Turner had been with Vale of Atholl since the 1980s, playing under then Pipe-Major Ian Duncan. He parted ways with the Vale in the 1990s to join the Victoria Police Pipe Band in Australia but had left that band before it won the World Pipe Band Championship in 1998. He then played with the Grampian Police and Dysart & Dundonald before leaving in 2004.

Vale of Atholl also stated that bass drummer John Mack has left for university, and that Jamie Lindsay, a former member of the band will take his place. Another ex-Vale drummer, Ian Sinclair, has joined as a tenor drummer.

“Vale of Atholl are delighted that Paul has decided to rejoin,” the band said in a release. “Under the backing of our current sponsors, Robert Wiseman Dairies, [we] are firmly focused on progressing with a view to success at the various major pipe band championships that lie ahead.”


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