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.