Drummer’s Call – The Column for All Pipe Band Percussionists

Drummer’s Call Editor Stewart Gardiner

Drummer’s Call is a column for all pipe band bass, tenor and side drummers . The editor is Stewart Gardiner formerly of the Lothian and Borders Police Grade 1 drum corps and currently leading drummer with Wallacestone & District Pipe Band. 

Our first column is by the man himself. Here, in his own words, is a short resumé of his career: ‘Started drumming around 1970 when his father who had played with the Denny Ex Servicemen’s band started to teach him the basic rudiments. Joined the local BB Company (1st Denny & Dunipace) where he was taught by John Thomson from Denny. At the same time attended classes at Larbert High School run by the Stirlingshire Branch SPBA where he received tuition from Peter Anderson of Muirhead & Sons. Competed with the BB band in 1972 under LD Russell Stirling and was invited to join Wallacestone & District at the end of the year. Played with Wallacestone from 1973 to 1985, going from Grade 4 to Grade 1 in the process. Taught all this time by Peter Anderson, who also joined the band as LD when Muirhead’s folded in the late 1970s. Left Wallacestone in Sept/Oct 1985 and joined Lothian and Borders Police, initially playing under LD Bryn Butler, then Arthur Cook. Appointed LD of Lothian & Borders in August 1995 and remained in charge until the end of 1999 when Arthur Cook returned to the band. Left the police band in 2010 and returned to Wallacestone where he is currently the LD. Returned and played as LD for the L&B PB’s final performance in March 2013, just prior to the formation of Police Scotland. Still receiving good advice from Peter Anderson!’ Read Stewart’s first article here.

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