Emmett Conway appointed PM of Shotts
Emmett Conway (26) has been appointed Pipe Major of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia. Conway takes over the reins from Ryan Canning who stepped down after last month’s World Pipe Band Band Championships citing personal reasons. Like Conway, Emmet is a previous member of Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and has led New Zealand Police Pipe Band for the last four years.
Shotts Chairman, Ewan McAllister said, “We are all excited to welcome Emmett to the band to continue and strengthen the band’s position and reputation that Ryan re-established when he joined in 2012.”
Pipe Major Ryan Canning commented, “I am delighted that Emmett has accepted the band’s offer to become the new PM. I’ve known Emmett for many years and can think of few people better equipped to take Shotts forward. Knowing that the band is in safe hands is incredibly important to me, and I look forward to seeing it develop further under Emmett and Andrew’s [Lawson, Leading Drummer] leadership.”
Canning led Shotts to its 2015 World Championship victory and regular presence in the top six at RSPBA major championships.
The 108-year-old Lanarkshire-based band has won 16 World Pipe Band Championships – the most by any band – and 17 Champion of Champions titles