January 31, 2001

RSPBA Schedules Millennium Report Meeting

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) has called a meeting for January 21, 2001, to discuss implementation of the association’s Millennium Report, submitted in January 2000.

The Report, which recommends a wholesale restructuring of the organization, and addresses such contentious issues as manufacturers judging competitions, was accepted in principal in March 2000 at the RSPBA’s Annual General Meeting.

Members of the original Millennium Group, which included such luminaries as Gordon Parkes of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and adjudicator Alistair Aitken, who chaired the group, will join six individuals nominated by the branches of the association. The last point is also unresolved, as only four representatives were approved at the AGM.

The meeting will be chaired by new RSPBA National Council Chairman George Ussher.

It is so far not clear whether the original Millennium Group will actually be part of the implementation committee.

Said one insider, “I am disappointed that the (RSPBA) over the past 10 months has relegated the vital implementation stage to the back burner. There is still a very vocal element within the association that will do everything possible to stop the major change aimed at the rooting out of commercial interests.”


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