David Richardson has been appointed as Leading Drummer of our Grade 3 band
David, pictued, is well known in pipe band circles, having started at Selkirk Pipe Band almost 30 years ago under the tutelage of Drum Major Stuart Fleming B.E.M.
He said: “I am delighted to be joining the Vale. The band has always been one that has caught my attention over the years, and I have been following the band’s current rebuilding project closely. I am extremely excited about working with Mark [Stewart, Pipe Major] and Roddy [Weir, Pipe Sergeant] to help the band in its next step. I would also like to thank Alistair ‘Bongo’ McNab for all the hard work that he has put it over the last few years, and I look forward to also working with him to push the band on to the next level.”
At the age of 16 Richardson joined the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards before joining Ian Duncan’s Lothian & Borders Police, then Central Scotland Police. He then spent three seasons in Grade 1 with Denny & Dunipace under the leadership of Arthur Cook.
Until recently, Richardson was Leading Drummer with Ullapool & District, a key element to the Wester Ross outfit winning the Grade 4A World Championships, as well as leading the drum corps to the Champion of Champions title. Richardson told Bagpipe.news: “As this was a drum corps made up of mainly kids, this has to be one of my proudest achievements within pipe bands.”
He then led the Grade 2 Bucksburn & District’s drum corps for three seasons. Richardson is currently spending a lot of time in Perthshire, working as the lead drumming instructor for Strathallan School.
A spokesman for the Vale said: “We’re delighted to welcome such an experienced and well respected drummer to lead our Grade 3 band. At the same time we want to acknowledge and thank most sincerely Bongo McNab for his dedication to the entire organisation from a very young age. Due to workload he has decided to step down as our leading tip but will remain a member of David’s corps and we thank him for this.
“He has been a phenomenal – legendary even – member of this organisation and we will be forever grateful to him for everything he has achieved over the years, both as a Drummer and on more than one occasion, as a Leading Drummer.”