Update 1: Winter Storm hit by Kilpatrick, Fry, Currie withdrawal
The annual Winter Storm Weekend has been hit by the resignation of star instructors and recitalists Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry and Scott Currie, all of whom have withdrawn from the 2008 faculty. The three have stated to pipes|drums that they “will not be teaching at the workshops or taking part in the concert for Winter Storm 2008.” Bass-drummer Craig Colquhoun also has allegedly decided to leave the 2008 faculty.
Along with leaving the event as a teacher, Fry has reportedly withdrawn his sponsorship of the TYFRY Gold Medal Tenor Drumming competition.
Winter Storm 2008 is scheduled to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, January 11-13, 2008.
According to Kilpatrick, Fry, Currie and he have started a new company that “will be presenting workshops, band seminars and master-classes around the world.” The new organization he says has been in the works for more than a year.
“Nothing will change as far as our other workshops are concerned,” Kilpatrick said. “We will still be teaching at all the other workshops that we have
been associated with. The new venture will involve creating different workshop formats. We would like to think that this will enhance the workshop scene worldwide and we are looking forward to working even closer with existing workshops and organizations. Alongside our workshops, the one thing we would like to feature in the future is a new professional format for snare, tenor and bass competitions.”
Kilpatrick also indicated that they will also soon announce the launch of major worldwide snare-, tenor- and bass-drum competitions.
In a joint statement, the three said, “Jim, Tyler and Scott would like to thank all the students and our many friends who have supported us at Winter Storm for the past few years.”
Winter Storm organizer Henry Spangler had not yet responded to an inquiry from pipes|drums about the matter.
Since its beginning in 2001, Winter Storm has grown to become a marquee event of the piping and drumming year, with an all-star cast of instructor/recitalists.
Watch pipes|drums for further updates as they become available.
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