The Vale hopes to up mid-section game with Taylor
The Grade 1 Vale of Atholl Pipe Band of Pitlochry, Scotland, hopes to raise the standard of its ensemble and drumming with the appointment of Matthew Taylor as the new leader of its mid-section.
Taylor, of Blairgowrie, Scotland, comes to the Vale with a wealth of experience in pipe band drumming, beginning at age eight with the snare with the Coupar Angus Burgh Pipe Band, before moving on to Alyth, and then to City of Brechin, still playing as a snare drummer.
Matthew Taylor shifted to tenor in 2010 with the National Youth Pipe Band, before joining the Grade 2 Torphichen & Bathgate, where he eventually became “lead-tenor” in 2013.
“We in the Vale see this appointment as a sign of intent, and hope that it will encourage new players – pipers or drummers – to consider joining our ranks,” said Vale of Atholl Chairman Gus Clarke.
While Vale of Atholl’s home is Pitclochry, the band practces in the more central Perth, Scotland.
Aside from possibly the size of pipe bands, no element of pipe band has changed as dramatically as bass-sections. In the mid-1990s tenor drumming was close to extinction, only to be resurrected, to the point now that a band’s bass-section frequently determines a band’s place in the rankings.
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