A three-way movement of bass drummers between the Grade 1 Simon Fraser University of Vancouver and Los Angeles Scots and the Grade 2 Prince Charles of San Francisco has kicked off the New Year in a big way.
Sources have confirmed that Kathryn Tawse, has stepped down as SFU’s bass drummer, giving way to Steve Foley, who resigned from the LA Scots to take the role, while Amber Bartholomeusz has reportedly left Prince Charles to take the big drummer spot with LA Scots.
Each of the four three bass players is well established, with Foley probably having the most prominence as a competitor and teacher. Foley last weekend won the Gold Medal bass drumming event at the annual Winter Storm competitions in Kansas, while Bartholomeusz finished second in the same contest. Tawse had played bass with SFU since 2001 2003, and came to the band from the organization’s Robert Malcolm Memorial feeder system.
“We are excited to announce that Amber Bartholomuesz (Formally of the Prince Charles Grade 2 Pipe Band from San Francisco) will be the new bass drummer for the LA Scots. We welcome her talents as we prepare for the 2014 season,” commented LA Scots Pipe-Major Colin Armstrong. “She is just coming off her second place finish at the Gold Medal Bass Drumming Competition at Winter Storm last weekend. Steve Foley has been the bass drummer of the band since it was resurected back in the early 1990s. Amber is excited with the rare opportunity to play with a Grade 1 pipe band. We also would like to wish Steve and SFU the best of luck this year.”
According to former SFU Pipe-Major Terry Lee, Tawse has decided to retire. Bartholomeusz’s replacement at Prince Charles is still to be confirmed.