August 31, 2007

Tom Anderson takes on new band

To many, Tom Anderson is a legendary figure in the piping world, and the Georgetown Pipe Band of Georgetown, Ontario, he is their new Pipe-Major. Anderson has agreed to take over the leadership role after the band’s PPBSO Champion Supreme-winning 2007 season in Grade 4.

Anderson, from Paisley, Scotland, has in his storied career been the pipe-major of, when he lived in Scotland the Renfrew, British Caledonian Airways and St. Patrick’s Donaghmore bands (each Grade 1), and, after immigrating to Canada in the 1980s, the Glenmore, Peel Regional Police and Niagara Regional Police bands. He also played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders for much of the late-1980s and early-1990s. He has been an instructor for Georgetown for several years.

Anderson will replace Tracy Porter, who plans to manage Georgetown’s expanded feeder band system. Georgetown hopes to make the move to Grade 3 for the 2008 season and is tentatively planning to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2009.

The Grade 4 Georgetown Pipe Band won every event it competed in except one in 2007. Coincidentally, the only contest it finished second was at the Georgetown Highland Games.


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  1. Congrates to you Tom. Also congrates to Georgetown P.B. for a brilliant season, and for talking Tom into taking over your Grade3 band. Tracie has done a first class job with the band over the past few seasons, and we wish you continued success with your Grade4 feeder band. All the best to both bands for next season… From Williams Reeds & Warmac Chanters

  2. Tom is the best pipe major that I was ever associated with. The had the personality and knowledge how to achieve his goals with pipers who were sometimes of limited ability. He showed the way to Ian MacLellan and other huge talents. Great he is still to the fore!

  3. Tom is one of the true stalwarts of the Ontario pipe band scene. A first class gentleman, and an incredible musician. The Georgetown Pipe Band has hit a home run! All the best Tom!



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