Pipe Major Jim Murray of the Western Australia Police Pipe Band and South Africa’s Gary Potter are due to visit our shores this month.
Before heading to Australia, Jim was the founding member and Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Fife Constabulary Pipe Band after playing with the House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead for many years. He also won the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1997 and the Silver Star MSR at the Northern Meeting in 1999. So it will be fantastic to have him adjudicating at the South African Championships at the end of the month. Then on the Sunday, Jim will adjudicate the Invitational Solo Contest hosted by the Pipe Bands Association of Southern Africa.
Drummer Gary Potter is returning to his home town to adjudicate along with Jim.
Gary is the ex leading drummer for Grade 2 Benoni MacTalla and also played with the Grade 1 Scottish Power while living in Scotland. He has played with the Grade 1 Auckland and Districts Pipe Band and is currently playing with WAPOL. Gary has a wealth of experience and as a result has recently been appointed the new Leading Drummer of the Grade 1 Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band.
Thanks to the organisers of the Benoni Highland Gathering for bringing 2 such experienced musicians to our wonderful country to share their knowledge.