Wilson will try to make it three at World Solo Drumming
Barry Wilson of ScottishPower has two straight World Solo Drumming Championships under his belt, and on Saturday, October 24th, he’ll try to make it three against the year’s deepest field of competitors by a wide margin.
Wilson’s up against more than 90 drummers competing in the adult category, with four heats of approximately 20 drummers vying for 16 spots places in two semi-final rounds.
The field includes no fewer than four former World Solo Champions: Gordon Brown, Boghall and Bathgate; Jim Kilpatrick, House of Edgar-Shotts and Dykehead; and Steven McWhirter, Inveraray and District.
Kilpatrick will be competing for a 17th World Solo title to break his own record.
Based on 2008 results, seven drummers have pre-qualified for the semi-finals, in addition to Brown, Kilpatrick, McWhirter, Ward and Wilson:
- Derek Cooper, Simon Fraser University
- William Glenholmes, Cullybackey
- Gordon Lee, Simon Fraser University
- Reid Maxwell, Simon Fraser University
- Aaron McCarten, Field Marshal Montgomery
- Chris McNicholl, Strathclyde Police.
- Gavin Noade, Field Marshal Montgomery
- Eric Ward, Strathclyde Police
“I’m looking forward to it and it’s came around quick again,” Wilson said. “I have [ScottishPower Pipe-Major] Chris Armstrong back playing for me this year and preparations are going well.”
When asked about his chances to make it three in a row, Wilson said, “We’ll wait and see about that. All I will say is that I thought winning it once would satisfy my ambition, but the truth is the more times you win the more you want to win it again! It will be tough as usual and I wish everybody luck on the day.”
Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from the World Solo Drumming Championships as they are made available.