Today's feature we have Ex Leading drummer of The Vale Crawford Allan.
Check out his interview below:- 1) What age did you take up snare drumming and what interested you in pipe bands?
I started to learn the snare drum at the age of 10. My father, Fergus was a snare drummer and former leading drummer with Perth & District Pipe Band, so he is responsible for getting me involved in the pipe band scene! He taught me initially, and thereafter, leading drummer at the time, Stuart Ritchie took over. My sister Pamela, played the pipes and my brother Greg was a tenor drummer. Therefore, for a period, there were four family members playing with our local Pipe band. Eventually, my dad retired from playing and my siblings lost interest, but I really enjoyed playing in the band and was hooked.
2) What bands have you played for and what is your most memorable moment?
I started playing with my local band Perth & District. Initially in Grade 4, and then Grade 3. I spent around 5 years with them. Thereafter, I played with The City of Dundee Pipe Band ( now MacKenzie Caledonian) In Grade 2 for a two year period. Then, at the age of 17, I was invited to play with the Vale of Atholl in Grade . I spent around 20 years with The Vale. More Recently, I played with Triumph street from Vancouver, canada for the 2018 season.
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to play in some great bands, and for most of my drumming career, at the highest level. I have experienced many memorable moments, and it is difficult to highlight one. I was appointed leading drummer of The City of Dundee Pipe Band at the age 16. They were a top grade 2 band at the time, so that was a personal highlight for me. I always aspired to play with The Vale of Atholl though. The opportunity to play in grade 1, at a young age, under leading drummer james king was such a draw for me. I remember feeling so proud when I wore the band uniform for the first time. That was a major highlight.
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