Duncan Nicholson and Eric Ward: Pipes+Drums Recital 2013

Published: February 7, 2014
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pipes|drums is pleased to bring viewers and listeners the second of our Hot Stove League videos from the 2013 Pipes+Drums Recital at the 2013 Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, featuring Pipe-Major Duncan Nicholson and Leading-Drummer Eric Ward of the Grade 1 Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band.

The leaders performed to a standing-room only crowd that gathered at the Street Café outside of the National Piping Centre, with listeners spilling out of the tent to watch two of the world’s most talented exponents of the art in a free performance.

Of Hebridean roots, Duncan Nicholson took over the leadership of the then Strathclyde Police Pipe Band in November 2010 after several meetings, and since then has taken the band back to consistent prize-winning form at the major championships.

Leading-Drummer Eric Ward is one of the most renowned pipe band drummers in history. Originally from Northern Ireland, Ward joined the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band in the 1970s, and played under the legendary Alex Duthart for many years, before taking the opportunity to lead his own drum section. He has been a consistent prize-winner in the World Solo Drumming Championships.

We hope that you enjoy this exclusive pipes|drums video of two great players and leaders from the very top rungs of the pipe band ladder.

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