World’s Bass-Section award to be decided by pipes|drums Poll
After the RSPBA’s March 2008 decision to drop the Best Bass-Section awards from the three major championships at which they were offered, the decades-long tradition of naming the World Champion in the category threatened to come to an end.
In 1985 Victoria Wines sponsored the Best Bass Drummer trophy at the World’s, but after the 2003 season the Hosbilt Cup for Best Bass-Section was created and donated by Craig Colquhoun’s Hosbilt company and it had been awarded every year since. The 2007 winner was the Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders.
With the prize being removed from the World Championship, Colquhoun wanted to ensure that the tradition would continue, at least in Grade 1.
Colquhoun and tenor drummer Scott Currie of the Grade 1 Strathclyde Police Pipe Band approached pipes|drums with the idea to utilize pipes|drums’ popular Poll feature to decide the 2008 World Champion Bass-Section, asking readers to cast their vote after viewing and listening to the DVD and CDs from the contest.
All 14 bass drummers from the bands in the Grade 1 Final at the World’s are on the ballot. The pipes|drums Poll feature allows only one vote per computer Internet Protocol address. The Poll will be available until midnight (ET) Sunday, November 9, 2008, and the winner of the trophy will be announced on that day, with the trophy being awarded to the band to keep for one year.
Results will be kept hidden until the poll closes.
“Since 2004 the World’s cup has been sponsored by Hosbilt,” said Colquhoun. “The trophy was won by Johnny Rowe’s [section] in 2007, and it was returned to the RSPBA prior to the 2008 World Pipe Band Championships, since the RSPBA requires bands to return all trophies from the previous year or the responsible bands will not be allowed to compete. So, this trophy (which I don’t have yet) will have all of the history engraved.”
Readers can view the list of Grade 1 Best Bass and Best Bass-Section winners at the World Pipe Band Championships using pipes|drums’ BigPrizes database.
While the award was changed from Best Bass Drummer to Best Bass-Section in 2004, the trophy still lists the section’s bass drummer, according to Colquhoun, “to keep the history consistent.”