September 30, 2007

Stewart takes control of house of Windsor

James Stewart and Carl Lenny are the new Pipe-Major and Leading-Drummer, respectively, of the Grade 1 Windsor Police Pipe Band of Windsor, Ontario, taking over from Bill Baird and Michael Crawley.

Stewart has been a long-time member of the band, and served as pipe-major after Pipe-Major Barry Ewen suffered a stroke in June 2003. Stewart led the band until Baird took over in 2005.

Lenny has played with several bands, including 10 years with the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead and then the Los Angeles Scots, with which he was Leading-Drummer for about three years before he departed in 2003. Lenny lives in Chicago, about a four-hour drive to Windsor.

Bill Baird will continue to play with the Windsor Police, taking on the Pipe-Sergeant role. Crawley reportedly also intends to stay with the band. A spokesman for the band said that “an influx of pipers and drummers have already committed to joining as a result of the changes.”

The Windsor Police are the second of Ontario’s four Grade 1 bands to make major leadership changes, and the third in less than a year. In early September, the Peel Regional Police announced that Glenn and Graham Brown would become Pipe-Major and Leading-Drummer. In February 2007, Ian K. MacDonald returned to be Pipe-Major of the Toronto Police, replacing James MacHattie.


What do you think? We always want to hear from our readers, so please use our comments system to provide your thoughts!

Do you have news? Be sure to send your information to pipes|drums. We can’t report what we don’t know about! Please remember to support the businesses that advertise and make the not-for-profit p|d possible.


  1. It is great to see Carl Lenny in charge of a band again, it seems as if North America really wants the 2008 World´s, or at least have something to say. Good luck to the guys in their new band.

  2. Hey Stu, James and Bill just filled positions. James was P/S. Bill’s family is hitting the teenage years and his kids are into everything so its a fight for time for him… And for me, pipe nothing (P/N) Steve, I will keep up all the hard work, thanks Stu.



Forgotten Password?