Published: April 29, 2021

P-M Richard Parkes MBE: 40 years leading Field Marshal Montgomery – Part 3 (video)

We continue our exclusive video interview with Richard Parkes as he marks 40 years as pipe-major of 12-times World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Belfast.

In the final installment, he shows his wry sense of humour as he discusses what he will be remembered most for, any thoughts about retiring, and plans for Field Marshal Montgomery as he and the band look forward to getting back at it.

At a time when leading any band for even five years might be considered great commitment, Richard Parkes guiding one of history’s most successful pipe bands is nothing short of monumental, and he shows no sign of slowing down.

Be sure to check out our slideshow of images:

Our thanks to Richard Parkes for his time and assistance, and to Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band’s communications manager Meaghan Lyons for her help with this pipes|drums feature series.

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Further reading and viewing

P-M Richard Parkes MBE: 40 years leading Field Marshal Montgomery – Part 2 (video)
April 26, 2021


P-M Richard Parkes MBE: 40 years leading Field Marshal Montgomery – Part 1 (video)


Ian McLellan or Richard Parkes? Which pipe-major is the Greatest of All Time?
November 26, 2019


(video) Richard Parkes on Frank Andrews, tuning technicians and life for FMM under lockdown
July 4, 2020


Doctor of letters: Richard Parkes, BSc, MSc, DLitt, DLitt, WPBC, FMM
July 4, 2019


Parkes makes it a 2019 doctorate double with Ulster Uni accolade
July 1, 2019


Dr. Richard Parkes, as Queen’s bestows honourary PhD on legendary pipe-major
March 23, 2019


2011 marks 30 years of Richard Parkes at the helm of FMM
July 31, 2011


Richard Parkes: The pipes|drums Interview – Part 1
September 30, 2007


Richard Parkes: The pipes|drums Interview – Part 2
October 31, 2007


Richard Parkes: The pipes|drums Interview – Part 3
November 30, 2007


Parkes returns to play with Field Marshal Montgomery
August 31, 2004


Richard Parkes awarded MBE
June 30, 2004


Richard Parkes recovering from stroke
March 31, 2004


10 Questions With . . . Richard Parkes

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