pipes|drums has learned that Paul Turner has resigned as Lead-Drummer of the Grade 1 Robert Wiseman Dairies-Vale of Atholl Pipe Band of Pitlochry, Scotland. Turner, one of the world’s most famous pipe band drummers, had served as L-D of the Vale for the last
10 five years.
The band is reportedly holding meeting on September 16th to discuss the matter. An immediate successor is not known.
Turner has been lead-drummer with several other Grade 1 bands, most notably the Royal Ulster Constabulary of Northern Ireland and the currently defunct Dysart & Dundonald of Scotland. He is a native of Northern Ireland and also serves on the judging panel of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.
While the move coincides with the resignation of Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band Lead-Drummer, Arthur Cook, resigning, when asked L&B Pipe-Major Ian Duncan said that people should not jump to the wrong conclusions.
Stay tuned to pipes|drums for more on this and other roster moves as they develop.