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Where do all the Drummers go?

     Now here is an interesting question. Where DO the members of the drum corp go when they decide to stop actively playing in a band?

     For many years, I have noticed that here in the east coast of Scotland, pipe bands can assemble a group of pipers and within this group you will find varying numbers of people who carry on their interest by passing on their skills to learners.  Unfortunately, they are stopped in their tracks as they cannot find a single drum tutor. This seems to be all too common again and will even include within the band from where they have just retired.

     At the same time, it is absolutely common to see a drummer(s) retiring and handing back his or her uniform, drum and even the sticks, possibly bought by the band.

       The last three paragraphs were written and within two weeks the “Breaking News” had changed again with the news that the grade one Vale of Atholl have had to drop out of all competitions following the departure of their entire drum corps to Lothian & Clyde Pipe Band. This also result in the departure of their Pipe Major and some other pipers who wanted to continue competing without the need to work and wait for the band to regenerate. What a sad case when you think on the improvements that were under way.

           Then the Mackenzie Caledonian go through similar changes as their leading drummer decided to return to Boghall.  The turn around seems less troublesome here as a new face was already in place along with a new Pipe Major in David Wilton returning to the area from Lothian & Clyde!!

          Even more concerning, yet historically common, there is no sign of a suitable instructor willing to weigh in with their skills of being masters of the sub-divided beat.

         Can we start to put this right?  If you have the undoubted skills in percussion, get in touch with me at pipingteacher@hotmail.com and together we will make a start, without commitments!