December 31, 2010

The year in news: pipes|drums ranks the top stories of 2010

# 10 – Arthur Cook leaves L&B: After two-dozen years as Leading-Drummer of the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band, Arthur Cook departed the band, only to join Grade 2 Denny & Dunipace a month later. An era ended and another started.

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Kevin Reilly “resigns”: September began with a bang as RSPBA Chairman Kevin Reilly left the post suddenly. The organization cited “personal reasons.” The move followed an alleged incident at the 2010 World Pipe Band Championships. Reilly had as many detractors as he had supporters, but just about everyone was blindsided by this.

Paul Turner chucks Vale of Atholl: Few if any saw the renowned Vale of Atholl Leading-Drummer Paul Turner’s departure, but that’s exactly what happened in September when he left after his fifth season with the band. The Vale subsequently appointed Crawford Allan to the role.

MacHattie appointed College of Piping Director: Things finally seemed to settle down at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, when the organization named James MacHattie its new Director of Education. MacHattie followed a series of false-start appointments, but has already set the college back on track.

With more than 225 news stories, choosing the most important 10 was difficult. Your opinion of course will vary. As always, pipes|drums looks forward to bringing you the world’s piping and drumming news throughout 2011.

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  1. Good job Andrew on bringing the pipe band world the most important stories to the forefront. I think you choice for #1 was spot on. What an achievement for such a talented young lady! 2011 should be a good one. I look forward to reading about it every step of the way right here on pipesdrums!



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