November 30, 2004

Wilson Young retires from RSPBA Judging Panel

Wilson Young, one of the world’s most experienced and esteemed adjudicators, has formally retired from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s judging panel after nearly 40 years wielding the clipboard.

A member of the legendary Red Hackle Pipe Band in the 1960s and ’70s, Young also won the World Solo Drumming Championship in 1967. He became a full-time RSPBA judge in 1975, and was one of the association’s first ensemble judges to come from the drumming ranks.

He served as Vice-Chairman of the Adjudicators Panel for 10 years and was a member of the RSPBA’s Music Board, working in various capacities, including Curriculum Development Convener, Member of the Examination Board, Member of the Adjudicators Training Group and Chairman of the group that produced the organization’s “Structured Learning” series.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have visited more than 20 countries, some of them several times over, either playing, teaching or adjudicating,” says Young.

His last event as a judges was the Juvenile contest at the World Solo Drumming Championships on October 30. Wilson Young was made an Honourary Life Member of the RSPBA at the Cowal Pipe Band Championships in August of this year.


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