December 31, 1999

RSPBA in Turmoil?

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association has continued its year of turmoil as the organization struggles to redefine its role in the pipe band world.

Executive Officer Iain White has allegedly announced that he will step down from the RSPBA’s most important post after the organization’s annual general meeting in March 2000. White reportedly will stay on until then so that he can attend the AGM, which is expected to be a heated session.

At the most recent meeting of the Glasgow Branch of the RSPBA, Matt Connell, Chairman of the RSPBA and a member of the branch, was given a vote of no confidence, thus setting the stage for his inability to stand again for the Chairmanship.

One observer described the situation as “a shambles.”

In other RSPBA news, the organization’s ad hoc ‘Millennium Committee’ is on the verge of presenting its much anticipated report outlining recommendations for the future.

It is thought by many that one of the most significant proposals will be for the RSPBA to set conflict of interest rules that will prevent merchants in piping and drumming paraphernalia from judging.

The Millennium Committee report will also address marketing and management issues, and provide a vision for the RSPBA for two, five and 10 years in the future.


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