August 31, 2008

Pipe band leadership-change season starts early

The day of the Cowal Pipe Band Championships traditionally marks the beginning of the turbulent period when many pipe bands make changes to leadership and general personnel, and this year at least one band is getting a jump-start even on Cowal.
The Grade 3A Lanark & District Pipe Band has confirmed that it is actively searching for a replacement to Pipe-Major Stuart Shedden, the Inverness Gold Medallist who has guided the group for the last several seasons. Shedden submitted his resignation, citing renewed focus on his solo work, and the band reluctantly accepted.
“The band has reluctantly accepted [Stuart’s] decision and would like to thank him for the skills and commitment he brought to the band during his time in charge,” said Lead-Drummer Jamie Green. “In particular, the band acknowledges his massive contribution in leading the band to the Grade 3B Champions of Champions title in 2007 and its subsequent upgrade to 3A.”
The band’s highest finish at a major in 2008 was fourth at the European Championships, and placed twelfth in Grade 3A at the World’s.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in charge of the band and would like to thank the band members for their efforts and their unfailing commitment,” Shedden said. “I have offered my support to the band in the future and given my best wishes to every one of them.”
Shedden’s last contest with the band will be Cowal on August 30th.

Lanark & District is seeking applications from prospective pipe-majors, and those interested should contact either Pipe-Sergeant Davie Murdoch or Lead-Drummer Jamie Green.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for further pipe band leadership changes as they emerge.




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