Published: June 30, 2009

Whitelaw new P-M of North American band

Before the North American Pipe Band has played a note in a public performance, it has changed pipe-major, with Ian Whitelaw of Redondo Beach, California, taking over from Steven Megarity as the leader of the group.
 
No reason for the change has been provided. Megarity is no longer listed on the band’s roster.
 
The North American Pipe Band was announced in December 2008 as a project that would gather several available pipers and drummers, mostly from the western United States, to form a new band. The concept was compared with the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, which announced in February 2008 and currently comprises more than 15 Highland Society of London Gold Medalists.
 
The band was assigned to Grade 1 by the Western United States Pipe Band Association.
 
The North American Pipe Band launched a fund-raising campaign in April to help fund the band’s planned travel to the 2010 World Pipe Band Championships, by raffling off a Mercedes C300.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Lawrie, I’m cracking up a bit right now. You read me totally wrong. First off if only two of these players got together, it could still not be mistaken for a Shrine band. My first comment on them sounding good ….eventually, was noting that Ian is a great person for sound, and we have all heard about his sound set up for SFU. (it’s practically legendary for some reason). My second one was a bit tongue in cheek to you being upset at the negativity”. It’s hard to critique a band that has not played in public

  2. Lawrie, I’m cracking up a bit right now. You read me totally wrong. First off if only two of these players got together, it could still not be mistaken for a Shrine band. My first comment on them sounding good ….eventually, was noting that Ian is a great person for sound, and we have all heard about his sound set up for SFU. (it’s practically legendary for some reason). My second one was a bit tongue in cheek to you being upset at the negativity”. It’s hard to critique a band that has not played in public

  3. I don’t know if any of the posters thus far have been involved with starting a band from scratch – mush less a band that consists people from all corners of the continent (and in some cases, the globe), but it is pretty difficult to say the least. Maybe there is some history here that I’m not aware of (you have a gripe with this band or with certain people in it), but your negative (if not spiteful) comments say everything about you and nothing about this fledgling band. I’m sure they are too busy getting established to worry about what you might think. I wish them well.

  4. Ian, best of luck. I’ve no doubt that under your musical leadership, along with your great tonal skills, the band will be a huge positive force. Looking to hearing the band soon. Peter Aumonier

  5. yeah, noone’s better overtly negative. i’m for one just not surprised this is the progression the band is taking, but i certainly don’t wish ill upon ANY of the potential band members NAPB. being a resident of southern california, i can’t wait to hear what they can do, and as a member of the LA Scots, i’m looking forward to competing against them sometime. it should prove to be a good contest

  6. JamieDE – you’ve reinforced my point. Anyone reading your previous post would arrive at the same conslusion – i.e. smug fence-sitting. Now you are back-peddling at a rate of knots. More grade one bands is a good thing. More band, period, is a good thing. Let the cards fall.

  7. Emmm ok, still not getting it. And there is no back peddling to what I said….either time. Bagpiperman, well said. Let us here from the boys and girls themselves as to what they plan to do. Good bye.

  8. I don’t know if any of the posters thus far have been involved with starting a band from scratch – mush less a band that consists people from all corners of the continent (and in some cases, the globe), but it is pretty difficult to say the least. Maybe there is some history here that I’m not aware of (you have a gripe with this band or with certain people in it), but your negative (if not spiteful) comments say everything about you and nothing about this fledgling band. I’m sure they are too busy getting established to worry about what you might think. I wish them well.

  9. Ian, best of luck. I’ve no doubt that under your musical leadership, along with your great tonal skills, the band will be a huge positive force. Looking to hearing the band soon. Peter Aumonier

  10. yeah, noone’s better overtly negative. i’m for one just not surprised this is the progression the band is taking, but i certainly don’t wish ill upon ANY of the potential band members NAPB. being a resident of southern california, i can’t wait to hear what they can do, and as a member of the LA Scots, i’m looking forward to competing against them sometime. it should prove to be a good contest

  11. JamieDE – you’ve reinforced my point. Anyone reading your previous post would arrive at the same conslusion – i.e. smug fence-sitting. Now you are back-peddling at a rate of knots. More grade one bands is a good thing. More band, period, is a good thing. Let the cards fall.

  12. Emmm ok, still not getting it. And there is no back peddling to what I said….either time. Bagpiperman, well said. Let us here from the boys and girls themselves as to what they plan to do. Good bye.

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