October 31, 2004

(Updated) Tom Anderson resigns as Niagara Pipe-Major

After one year in the post, Tom Anderson has resigned as Pipe-Major of the Grade 2 Niagara Police Pipe Band of Ontario. Anderson made the move after the band’s annual general meeting.

Paul DeBoth is the band’s new pipe-major.

Anderson had replaced former Pipe-Major Al Ash after the 2003 season. Ash also resigned the position.

Anderson cited a lack of commitment from members as his primary reason for his decision. “A pity, really, because I was really enjoying playing again,” he said.

Under Tom Anderson, the Niagara Police enjoyed another solid season in 2004, winning the overall Champion Supreme award for 2004 by the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario. The band won a championship at Hamilton, Ontario, and finishing second at Maxville and Chatham.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Paul DeBoth has played with Niagara for several years. He previously was a member of the Peel Regional Police and 78th Fraser Highlanders.

“It was disappointing to see Tom step down and we wish him all the best and thank him for what he has taught us,” DeBoth said. “Now we will concentrate on recruitment of new players and improving the standard of playing in the band.”


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