September 30, 2005

Roddy MacLeod steps down as ScottishPower P-M

Roddy MacLeod MBE, Pipe-Major of the ScottishPower Pipe Band since 1995, has resigned his post. His successor has not been determined.

“After long consideration I have decided to step down as Pipe-Major of ScottishPower,” he says. “Having played in the band for 21 years and served in the position of Pipe-Major since 1995, I feel it is time to hand over the mantle to someone who might bring fresh impetus to the band. I am happy to be leaving this position on the best of terms with all members and our sponsor and consider that the band is in a strong position with a good blend of youth, talent and experience.”

Under MacLeod, the band has been a consistent contender at RSPBA Championships, winning several along the way. The band is known for attracting his calibre players, with many successful at the top ranks of competitive solo piping. MacLeod states that he will help the band if needed through its leadership change.

“I intend to continue to offer my services to the band throughout this transition period during which time a new pipe-major will be appointed,” MacLeod adds. “The band is currently considering options and candidates for recommendation to ScottishPower and an announcement will be made when this process is complete.”

MacLeod is the director of the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and one of the world’s top solo pipers. He was awarded the MBE for services to piping in 2003.

The ScottishPower company is the target of a massive hostile takeover bid by German energy company E.ON, with some $150 million in cutbacks scheduled. The band’s sponsorship, perhaps the most lucrative in the pipe band world, is thought to be under review.


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