Published: October 31, 2000

RSPBA National Council Chairman Resigns

Glasgow, Scotland – October 21, 2000 – The National Council of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association held its scheduled meeting here today resulting in RSPBA Chairman James Cruickshank resigning allegedly before a vote of no confidence in him was to be made.

Vice-Chairman George Ussher of Northern Ireland took over the Chairmanship, and the Council, according to sources, breathed with a new air of unity, uplifted by the presence of the highly respected Ussher in the chair. The National Council then progressed efficiently with the affairs of the meeting.

Matters dealt with at the meeting included moving forward with the selection of the RSPBA’s Millennium Implementation Group, re-establishing links with the Adjudicators’ Panel and the regrading of bands.

Additionally, unconfirmed reports state that Jim McCready, Chairman of the Glasgow branch of the RSPBA, will reportedly become the association’s interim Executive Officer effective October 23. McCready will allegedly hold the post until the RSPBA’s annual general meeting in March 2001.

The council ratified the RSPBA’s Music Board recommendation that Bucksburn & District, Grampian Police and Lothian & Borders Police move to Grade 1 and that Hydro-Electric Buchan go down to Grade 2.

Piper & Drummer Online expects to make available the full list of RSPBA regradings shortly. The association in the coming week will apparently notify bands affected.

For the first time since the adoption of a new rule that allows RSPBA members to attend but not participate at National Council and Music Board meetings, an audience was present.

The next National Council meeting is set for December 2 and the next Music Board meeting on November 18.

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