Shepherd returns to take over Dysart
Ending weeks of rumours, the Grade 1 Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band officially appointed George Shepherd as its new pipe-major. Shepherd replaces Brian Lamond, who had led the band since 1999.
The band also appointed Lee Innes to the role of Lead-Drummer at its October 1st meeting, which was held at the Dundonald Institute, the band’s long-time practice facility, and was attended by present and past members. Innes replaces John Henderson in the post.
Shepherd was the Pipe-Major of the Clan Gregor Pipe Band, which under his direction rose to its current Grade 1 status. He departed Clan Gregor after the 2006 season.
Dysart & Dundonald has not competed or performed in public since the end of the 2007 season. George Shepherd becomes the third member of the Shepherd family to lead the band, after George Shepherd Sr. and Bob Shepherd, who led the band to two World Championships in 1977 and ’78.
According to George Shepherd Jr., Lamond is “taking a break from the pipe band scene.” Under Lamond’s direction, the band released the well reviewed CD, Terra Incognita, in 2006. It’s most successful year in competition with Lamond as pipe-major was 2002 when Dysart placed fifth at Cowal and sixth at both the British and Scottish championships.