ScottishPower sets Sept. 19th deadline for L-D applications

Published: August 23, 2014
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ScottishPower_logoThe ink is hardly dry on the prize money cheques from the World Championships, and bands are already starting post-season plans. The Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band of Glasgow has formalized its search for a replacement for retiring Leading-Drummer Barry Wilson by asking for applications by September 19th.

The band had announced Wilson’s departure earlier in the year, with unsubstantiated rumours flying around that entire drum sections from other bands would move to ScottishPower immediately after the World’s.

Barry Wilson playing for the last time with ScottishPower, at the 2014 World Championships.

According to Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong, “The ideal candidate would already have experience in effectively leading a drum corps at the highest level and have the ability, commitment, drive and enthusiasm to produce quality creative music.”

Applications are to be sent directly to Armstrong via email.

The band finished sixth at the World Championships, in what was seen by many as an undeservedly relatively low placing overall. With the Armstrong/Wilson leadership tandem, ScottishPower has risen to the top of the top-tier of Grade 1, and has finished as high as second at the World Championship, but has never been able to convince judges that its drum section is a winner, despite Wilson’s highly successful career, which includes four consecutive World Solo Drumming Championship titles from 2007 to 2010.

Armstrong added that, as far as he is aware, Wilson will not be playing with another band in the future.

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