Sean Somers, the former Pipe-Sergeant of the Grade 1 Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band, has been made Pipe-Major of the Grade 3 Rocky Mountain Pipe Band of Calgary. He takes over from Ian Baxter, who took the band during the 2008 season. Baxter will remain with the band as Pipe-Sergeant.
Formed in 1998, the band enjoyed a successful tenth anniversary year, winning most contests it played in in 2008 and gained the Alberta Championship Supreme award in Grade 3 for the past three years.
The band says that it hopes to gain enough interest in new personnel to move to Grade 2 “as quickly as possible.”
“The band members are all very excited about the new direction that the band is taking, and are looking forward to flourishing under Pipe-Major Somers,” the band said in a statement.
Somers has also played with the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel), and is a successful solo competitor and composer, and is currently Chair of the Music and Judging Committee for the Alberta Society of Pipers & Drummers
The band’s drum section will continue to be led by Ryan Sullivan.
Somers said that anyone interested in joining the band are welcome to contact him directly by e-mail.