December 31, 2004

Shotts makes changes to drum section

Jim Kilpatrick has again added to the drum section of the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band by bringing in tenor-drummer Scott Currie from the Strathclyde Police, bass-drummer Steven Roberts from Clan Gregor, and snare-drummer Steven Nelson, also from Clan Gregor.

Former Shotts bass-drummer Craig Guyer has joined Clan Gregor, so the two bands basically swap players.

“We basically lost our bass to Shotts, which is understandable given the huge pull of Jim Kilpatrick and the Shotts drum corps,” says George Shepherd, pipe-major of Clan Gregor. “We are extremely happy to welcome Craig Guyer on board, given his huge amount of experience and also the fact he has been a part of six World Championship wins. Craig’s knowledge will no doubt boost our bass section.”

Currie actually returns to Shotts after playing with the Strathclyde Police for the last three years. He was with Kilpatrick’s corps from 1990 to 2002, particpating in nine World Champion Drum Corps titles as both a bass- and tenor-drummer.

According to Kilpatrick, “I consider Steven to be the best bass-drummer playing in Scotland and one of the best in the world. I may bring in one more tenor drummer to complete my mid-section set-up for the 2005 season. I also have a new snare drummer, Steven Nelson, whom I currently teach in the Royal School of Music. Steven is one of the best snare drummers around and I am very happy to have him on board.”

The additions are part of efforts to bring younger players to House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead.


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