Lachie Dick, left, has resigned as Pipe Major of the Grade 2 City of Edinburgh Pipe Band. Dick, who had been in post for less than a year having taken over from Barry Donaldson, cited work commitments – he works as a junior doctor – as the reason for his departure. He will remain with the band, however, and will be a 'guest' player with Danish pipe band, Balagan at a couple of contests this season.
Band secretary, Paul White, said: "While we hope that Lachie will play a leading role in our band for many years to come, we are now seeking a new Pipe Major who can drive the band forward in our 70th anniversary year and beyond.
"While the band has an open mind on the experience and track record of candidates for the Pipe Major’s role, the following qualities are desirable:
- The ability to make the band a consistently competitive force in Grade 2;
- The ambition to make the band the destination of choice for pipers and drummers who live, study or work in Edinburgh and the surrounding area;
- A commitment to youth development, with connections which enable the development of a talent pool which the band can draw upon;
- A clear vision for what s/he would like the band to achieve in the short-to-medium term.
"We have no fixed ideas on who will lead the band during the next phase of its proud history, but we look forward to finding out who the right person is and what they can offer."
Candidates who wish to discuss the opportunity informally are invited to contact Paul on 07941 679015, while expressions of interest should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30, 2017. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.
The band will not compete this season but will use this period to rebuild. At the end of the current season, the band will announce a special event to mark its 70th anniversary.