January 31, 2000

RSPBA Millennium Committee to Submit Report

The much anticipated report from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Millennium Review Group will likely be presented in the first week in January 2000 and at the top of the lengthy list of recommendations will be the eradication of conflict of interest in judging.

With a membership comprising luminaries in the pipe band world, such as drumming adjudicator Alistair Aitken, John Wilson of the Strathclyde Police, and Gordon Parkes of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, the Review Group was by all accounts carefully selected from those with no apparent outside interests beyond the good of the RSPBA.

In addition to the conflict of interest issue, the report will address the overall objectives of the RSPBA, possible sources of income for the association, and marketing and communications.

There is speculation that certain factions within the organization have been attempting to discredit the Review Group’s report before it is released.

“Conflict of interest in judging unfortunately is something of a tradition in the RSPBA,” one source said. “Perhaps, along with the new year, new century, and new millennium a new tradition of fair play will result. I tell you, it’s now or never.”


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