Sunday, June 8, 2008

Great oaks from little acorns grow.

It is probably not common knowledge in our current membership, but our band has nurtured two outstanding contributors to the Pipe Band world - one in Scotland and one in Australia.

Peter Toole was taught to play the side drum within our ranks as a boy in the early seventies, and was a valued member of our fledgling competition band. He left as a young man to serve the rest of his working life in the British Army and rose to the rank of Senior Drum Major of the Scottish Regiments. He wrote the drum scores and led the massed bands at the famous Edinburgh Tattoo for many years.

Peter is kneeling front right in the following 1973 picture taken at Mount Barker.

(If you look carefully you might also notice the three Massie's !!!)


Bill Gall was also a member of our band in the seventies, and left to follow a career with the Australian Army, where he progressed through the ranks to become the Senior Pipe Major. He is now retired and lives in Tea Gardens on the northern NSW coast, from where he happily keeps in touch.

Here is a fairly recent picture of Bill.

Two good examples of the pursuit of excellence in our hobby.

(N.B. Click on either image to enlarge)

Old Angus

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

to see Bill when he was with us have a look at the OLD ARCHIVE, 1975, The Band at Windsor Green