April 30, 2006

Royal Burgh of Stirling loses drum corps

The Grade 2 Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band of Stirling, Scotland, has effectively lost its drum section two weeks before the first major championship of the UK season.

According to sources with the band, most of the members of the drum corps walked out last week apparently due to lack of attendance by drummers over the winter. “The tenor drummers had only been seen once or twice since Christmas, and this has finally led to one or two side drummers leaving, the bass drummer left on Thursday, and Leading-Drummer Alan Craig has decided he can no longer carry on, leaving a couple of local side drummers,” the source said.

The pipe corps is reportedly still intact, and the band is actively looking for a new leading-drummer. Royal Burgh of Stirling is led by Pipe-Major Davie McRobert, and its best result in a major in 2005 was fifth at the British Championships. The band finished nineteenth at the World’s.

Royal Burgh of Stirling has a training system, and its Juvenile / Grade 4 band is reportedly in good shape and set for the 2006 season.


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