October 31, 2005

(Updated) Glasgow P&D drum section quits

The entire drum section of the Grade 1 Glasgow Pipes & Drums has resigned, according to Gary Corkin, who led the corps since the band’s inception in 2003.

“It is with regret that . . . due to travelling expenses, Glasgow Pipes & Drums’ drum corps has resigned,” says Corkin. “I and the drum corps wish the band all the best for the upcoming season.”

The move comes on the heels of unconfirmed reports that some of Glasgow Pipes & Drum’s members have resigned from the band to join the David Urquhart Travel Pipe Band, which recently lost its Pipe-Major, Chris Armstrong, when he resigned to take over the ScottishPower Pipe Band after Roddy MacLeod left in September.

Cameron Currie, pipe-major of Glasgow Pipes & Drums, denied that rumour, saying, “Glasgow Pipes & Drums pipe corps are still intact and nobody has resigned. We are currently in the process of appointing a new Leading-Drummer and drum corps. An announcement will be made shortly.”

There is no word as who will be the new Pipe-Major for David Urquhart Travel.

Glasgow Pipes & Drums was founded by Don Bradford after he left David Urquhart Travel along with that band’s entire pipe section. Bradford had played with Corkin in other bands previously, but then left Glasgow Pipes & Drums after a year to play with the Strathclyde Police, of which he is still a member.


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