The 13th annual pipes|drums New Year’s Honours!
2014 Drummer of the Year
He led the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia corps to a World Drumming Championship in 2014 and was one point from taking the RSPBA Champion of Champions prize. In case people haven’t noticed, Kilpatrick often starts a season with new players, yet manages to produce world-class sections year after year. Almost every year one of his drummers leaves to become a leading-drummer for another top-grade band, another mark of Kilpatrick’s greatness as a leader. Add to that his constant teaching and travelling for drumming worldwide, and he gains our 2014 Drummer of the Year award.
Also considered (alphabetical order):
- Stephen Creighton – the St. Laurence O’Toole lead-tip took his section to the RSPBA Champion of Champions aggregate prize, greatly helping the band to stronger placings and a return to serious World’s contention in 2014.
- Steven McWhirter – another World Solo Drumming title further cements McWhirter’s place in the Pantheon of Pipe Band Drummers. Stronger showings from his Inveraray & District corps in 2014 possibly foreshadow even greater things to come.