Published: July 31, 2001

Stronach Takes Lead Drummer Role with Peel Police

The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, has announced that Doug Stronach of Fergus, Ontario, will take the position of leading drummer starting September 2001.

Stronach replaces Drew Duthart, who will reportedly stay with the band as a playing member.

Stronach has not played with a band for several years, but his experience in pipe bands and teaching is extensive. He has published three instructional books on pipe band drumming, and works as a studio musician, composer and producer. He has worked or played on over 35 recordings, ranging from classical to rock music.

“I’m really excited about working with the Peel Police. I’ve been asked to lead Grade 1 drum corps before and it’s never felt right until now,” said Stronach. “Our eight-man snare line is made up of some of the most successful drummers in Canada, and we’ve already started working for next season. Pipe band drumming in Canada could really use a shot in the arm. I want this drum corps not only to be competitive but also to be a model
for younger drummers.”

It had been widely speculated that Ed Neigh of Wellesley, Ontario, and the former Pipe-Major of the Guelph Pipe Band in the 1970s and ’80s, would become Pipe-Major of the Peel Police this fall. This is apparently not the case. Current Pipe-Major, John Elliott, remains in the position.

Regarding the addition of Stronach, Elliott said, “The whole band is really excited about this turn of events. It’s also a great opportunity for us to consider starting our junior band, which this new drum corps will take an active role in developing.”

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