October 31, 2002

Solo Tenor Drumming Contest Held at Dumbarton

Dumbarton, Scotland – October 5, 2002 – The Dumbarton & District Pipe Band put on what is the first indoor solo tenor drumming competition in Scotland since the 1980s. Held at Dumbarton Academy, the Jim Bird Memorial Competition, which also includes side drumming, was organized in honour of a friend of the band who died in 2001.

In the Under 14 event, competitors played a four-parted march accompanied by a piper and snare drummer. Those in the Under 18 event played a March, Strathspey & Reel. Competitors were judged on flourishing, time keeping and rhythmical accompaniment.

“For years tenor drummers have been the poor relations of pipers and snare drummers,” said Scott Currie of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, and Webmaster of the Tenor Drummer Web site. “This event proves that tenor drummers are equal and sets the standard for the future.”

Tenor drummers from many top bands, including Shotts & Dykehead, ScottishPower and David Urquhart Travel, turned out for the contest.

Under 14 Solo Tenor Drumming
1st Ross MacFarlane, Dumbarton & District
2nd Fheona Findlay, City of St Andrews
3rd Stephanie Cunningham, Linlithgow & District

Under 18 Solo Tenor Drumming
1st Kyla McCallum, Dumbarton & District
2nd John McMillan, Dumbarton & District
3rd Vicky Quayle, Dumbarton & District

Both events were judged by Scott Currie.


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