January 31, 2011

pipes|drums’ 2010 New Year’s Honours

Drummer of the Year

Stephen Creighton, Dublin – he led St. Laurence O’Toole to its second World Pipe Band Drumming award in 2010, and brought the consistency and flair needed to help put his band over the top for the big prize. In a close race, Creighton gets the nod as our 2010 Drummer of the Year.

Panelists’ comments:


“The most entertaining corps on the planet.”

“Two times now shows nice consistency.”

Also considered (in alphabetical order):

Gordon Brown, Whitburn, Scotland – it’s a Boghall & Bathgate tradition to produce a consistently excellent drum section, and Leading-Drummer Gordon Brown spearheaded another successful campaign for the band, with a Champion of Champions drumming award and a solid finish at the World Solos.

Reid Maxwell, Vancouver – acknowledged by many as the straw that stirs the SFU ensemble cocktail, Maxwell put out yet another solid year of performance and teaching, that gains another nomination. A previous winner of our Drummer of the Year award.

Jim Kilpatrick, Ashgil, Scotland – perhaps the world’s greatest ambassador for pipe band drumming, Kilpatrick withstood a pipe-major change and a new job and still produced his usual excellence with a new-look House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead corps.

Barry Wilson, Glasgow – Wilson fourth consecutive win of the World Solo Drumming Championship locked him into history’s superstar status as a pipe band drummer. Wilson served notice that it’s only a matter of time that what he produces as a soloist will migrate to his ScottishPower corps.




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