Published: February 28, 2005

Pipe-Major affirms Glasgow-Skye’s viability

Craig Campbell, pipe-major of the Phoenix Honda Glasgow Skye Pipe Band, has quelled negative rumours about his band’s status, saying that they are ready for the new challenge of competing in Grade 2 after being downgraded by the RSPBA.

“Much has been written and talked about the Skye since the end of last season,” says Campbell. “A lot of pipers and drummers believe the band to be defunct, but we are well on track with plans for 2005.”

Campbell stressed that 14 of the pipers from 2004 remain with the band, and the drum section has a new leader in Ian Thomson, a player for nine years with John Scullion’s ScottishPower corps. “His material is fresh, exciting and very musical,” Campbell says. “We are building basically a new band, but looking forward to the challenge of competing in Grade 2.”

The band’s 2005 plans include its annual pre-World’s concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This year’s event will feature the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band of Dublin. Phoenix Honda Glasgow Skye will market the concert through the Glasgow International Piping Festival, launched last year as “Piping Hot.”

Campbell concluded by making an invitation to pipers and drummers interested in playing with a band at their level. The band practices, he says, at the RSPBA headquarters on Monday and Thursday nights, beginning at 7:30.

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