Paul Turner steps down as Vale L-D

Published: September 30, 2010
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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.

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  1. Lawrie

    I wish Paul all the very best. His scores have always been dynamic and very musical. Excellent listening, especially from a piper’s point of view. Just listen to what he manages to extract from the 2/4 PM Sandy Spence” in 2009 – swing

  2. herecomethedrums

    @ Lawrie – 100% right! Totally agree with you. Now then, nearly a full day after the leader less bands/corps” met to discuss the future

  3. herecomethedrums

    I would agree……but…….we maybe havent seen all the resignations yet…. will there be even bigger resignations…leaving bigger better openings? Might not be as simple as it looks…

  4. Bagpipermann

    The average life expectancy” today for an American CEO is 18 months. I wonder if the trend is creeping into the pipe band world?”

  5. herecomethedrums

    I doubt it will ever get like that. Those guys have been in their posts for donkeys. We all suspect, that one move may have triggered the other, but you never know. It takes a good 18 months to get a corps tight. Some say they can be tight in an off season, but it takes time. That is why you see so many drummers following their LD from band to band. It should be interesting to see if any personel follow their respective leaders to pastures new…

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