January 31, 2007

Updated: Field Marshal severs ties with Pearl

The five-time World Champion Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Belfast has revealed to pipes|drums that it has concluded its agreement with Pearl Percussion to play Pear instruments, a deal that the band struck with the company in 2002.

The Field Marshal Montgomery drum section competing at the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships. Click to supersize.
Sources within the band did not disclose reasons for the move.

The band did not reveal what its plans are for drums. Field Marshal Montgomery is scheduled to perform in at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on January 27, 2007, as part of the Celtic Connections music festival. The band suggested that it will not be playing Pearl drums at the concert.

Keith Orr has been leading-drummer of Field Marshal since 2002.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for more on this story as information becomes available.


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  1. Exactly! Obviously there are people out there that can’t accept the Fact” that the Shepherd chanter has without doubt proven itself as “the” most successful chanter over the last decade and then some and that cannot be denied. FMM – Shott’s

  2. Taking nothing away from the Sinclair chanter and it’s successes over the years. It is an awesome instrument albeit very expensive in comparison to it’s counterparts. The intention was not to compare chanters but to recognize the fact that the Shepherd product is widely and successfully used by bands over the last decade and even earlier. Not only used by top grade one bands but also by prize winning bands in every other grade competing at the major events. There are a few good chanters out on the market at this time and potentially if they get in the right hands, who knows what could transpire with respect to winning. This however is not really about chanters, it’s about Pearl and a response to a remark that was made earlier.



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