Graeme Parker Appointed As Lead-Drummer

Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Parker as Lead-Drummer.

A native of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Parker takes over from Fraser McKenzie, who held the post for 17 years. Fraser will stay with the band, playing in the snare line.

Graeme Parker has played with Manawatu Scottish for the past two years, and previously he was a member of Field Marshal Montgomery and Ballinderry Bridge, the latter of which he was “drum-corporal” when the corps won World, Cowal and Champion of Champions titles in Grade 2.

“I’m delighted to be offered this job in such a top-class band and I’d like to thank Stewart, Fraser and the band as a whole for giving me this great opportunity,” Parker said. “Having played with the band over the past couple of years, I’m convinced we have plenty of ability and potential in all sections. We have also gained a number of new players, both in New Zealand and the UK, and we’ll continue to work hard as we look to build on recent successes.”

Parker’s debut as Manawatu L-D will be at the Palmerston North Square Day competition in December.

“I’m delighted Graeme has agreed to take on the drum corps,” Stewart McKenzie said. “I’ve been really enjoying working with him over the past couple of months on a pile of new music, and he brings with him fresh impetus and innovative musical ideas. In the same breath, Fraser has done a great job over the past 17 years as drum sergeant, and on behalf of everyone at Manawatu Scottish I thank him wholeheartedly for his efforts. From my perspective, it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable and successful musical partnership.”


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