Bucksburn still hunting for L-D
The Grade 2 Bucksburn & District of Aberdeen, Scotland, is still searching for a leading-drummer following the departure of Joe Fleming after serving only a year in the role.
Fleming had replaced Simon Lipp in December 2015, and came to Bucksburn after competing with Grade 1 bands Shotts & Dykehead and Inveraray & District. pipes|drums reported in early-November that band had started a search for a new L-D.
Fleming has joined the Glasgow Police Pipe Band under its new L-D David Henderson. Fleming had hoped to secure work teaching drumming in the Aberdeen area.
According to Bucksburn & District Pipe-Sergeant and Secretary Gus McAskill, the band is looking for “an exciting and talented leading-drummer who will lead our drum corps through the 2017 pipe band season and beyond.”
Bucksburn & District is one of the world’s older civilian pipe bands, and the organization carries a Novice band through its teaching program. Like just about every band on earth, Bucksburn is also looking for more snare drummers to join.
“Applicants need not necessarily have experience leading a drum corps, but should have the desire and passion to progress with the corps and the band,” McAskill added. “The continuous encouragement, development and progression of the corps and band in the future is paramount to the role along with upholding its true values.”
The band was founded in 1947 and next year celebrates its seventieth anniversary. Bucksburn & District has reached Grade 1 several times in its history, and in 2016 placed around the middle in Grade 2 at the five RSPBA major championships.
In addition to competing, the band produces and sponsors a concert by a prominent Grade 1 band each spring in Aberdeen. Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia is scheduled to headline the event on May 26th.
Those interested in the Bucksburn L-D position should contact the band by email or by private message through the band’s Facebook page.