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Press Release - Removal of Jim Kilpatrick MBE from Shotts Pipe Band

Jim Kilpatrick MBE

Ashgill, Scotland
Friday 23 October, 2015

Jim Kilpatrick MBE releases the second of two statements today, addressing serious matters which he alleges contributed towards his removal from his position as leading drummer of the world champion Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.

Reports of Jim Kilpatrick's "stand down" first appeared on the band's official website and thereafter on the pipes|drums website and the online and print versions of The Express.

Jim Kilpatrick's first statement contests that the Shotts band's Pipe Major, Ryan Canning, has placed disingenuous and ambiguous information in the public domain which led to misleading reporting, and false information about his future circulating in public and on global social media channels.

Earlier today, pipes|drums published a personal statement from Ryan Canning. This statement contains further misleading information that misrepresents Jim Kilpatrick's position and placed further false information in the public domain. A further article was published on The College of Piping website, in which Ryan Canning made another statement which differed from the pipes|drums statement.

In all, Ryan Canning has made a total of seven seperate statements to media outlets to date, six of which have changed the dynamic of the original press release published by the Shotts band on 12 October, 2015.

In today's second and final statement, Jim Kilpatrick reveals the alleged conduct of senior band members that played a significant part in his removal as leading drummer of the Shotts band, has led to further resignations from the Shotts band and has affected the band members and their families.

The statement is available to download and view now.

Download: Jim Kilpatrick MBE's statement of 23 October, 2015 (2 of 2)


A series of online press releases, newspaper articles, blog articles and social media posts began circulating globally on Monday 12 October, 2015, regarding the removal of Jim Kilpatrick MBE as leading drummer of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.

Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band published a press release on that date titled "Jim Kilpatrick Steps Down; Blair Brown Takes Over".

pipes|drums picked up the story and initially reported it under the headline "Kilpatrick retires from Shotts; Brown new L-D", which created immediate doubt over the future career of Jim Kilpatrick. The headline was changed a short time later to read "Jim Kilpatrick steps down from Shotts; Blair Brown new L-D". The article reported Jim Kilpatrick had stood down from his position as leading drummer of the Shotts band.

Neither the band's press release or the pipes|drums article included comment from Jim Kilpatrick.

Jim Kilpatrick provided pipes|drums with a statement on Saturday 17 October, 2015. The website subsequently published a story "More to Shotts L-D change story as Kilpatrick releases statement", which contained further information from the band, as well as Jim Kilpatrick's statement.

Download: Jim Kilpatrick MBE's statement of 17 October, 2015 (1 of 2)

On Monday 19 October, 2015, The Express newspaper published a print story "Wrong note for top pipe band in drummer row" and a Web story "Row as top drummer leaves world champion pipe band". Portions of Jim Kilpatrick's statement were quoted in both articles, although Jim Kilpatrick was not interviewed by the newspaper. Fresh information was presented by Ryan Canning to which Jim Kilpatrick was not invited to comment.

On Thursday 22 October, 2015, The College of Piping website editor published a blog article "Jim Kilpatrick Departure - A statement from Shotts Pipe Major, Ryan Canning". The statement presented fresh information regarding Jim Kilpatrick's removal from the Shotts band. This article was deleted from The College of Piping website only minutes after being posted.

Download: The College of Piping blog of 22 October, 2015 (Deleted)

On Friday 23 October, 2015, a five page statement from Ryan Canning appeared on pipes|drums titled "Shotts-Kilpatrick story continues: band offers an apology".

Shortly afterwards, The College of Piping published an article titled "Ryan Canning Statement" with a footnote from the editor "Yesterday, the College website contained a statement from Ryan Canning regarding the recent departure of Jim Kilpatrick from Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band. We removed the item shortly after it appeared and we wish to make it clear that the statement was an excerpt from a wider report into the story which appears in the next issue of the Piping Times. We apologise to readers for any confusion caused, and to Ryan." Jim Kilpatrick was not invited to comment on the website article and has not been contacted about any forthcoming report to appear in the Piping Times.

Jim Kilpatrick said "The original story in the band’s press release appears to take on a new dimension every time Ryan Canning speaks to the media. My position will remain unchanged; it is supported by evidence; namely band members and other interested parties who have come forward, documentary evidence in Ryan Canning’s own words and the e-mail letter of resignation submitted to the band after Blair Brown’s appointment was announced. The facts do not misrepresent the truth."



Further information about Jim Kilpatrick MBE may be found on his biography page.


Editors may contact Jim Kilpatrick for comment by e-mail at jim.kilpatrick@btinternet.com.

New Addition to the Family

We would like to introduce you to the new member of our KP2 family. The KP2 orange will be on sale at the 2015 Jim Kilpatrick Worlds Roadshow from Wednesday 5 August, 2015 at Todds Bar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

The 2015 Jim Kilpatrick Roadshow is Coming to Glasgow

The Jim Kilpatrick Roadshow is set to return to Todds Bar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow for the duration of Worlds Week from Wednesday 5 August, 2015. Come along and meet Jim, Fiona and the team and check out all of the Jim Kilpatrick range of products. We have everything you need at great prices to keep your drum corps going right up to the World Pipe Band Championships. We hope you can make it along and look forward to seeing you there!

New Kids On The Block

The KP2 stick range by Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick Percussion can announce the imminent arrival of green and purple KP2 Signature Sticks to our range of best selling snare drum sticks. We now have eight beautiful finishes available in the range which also includes natural, black, blue, pink, red and white models. The new sticks are expected to be available for delivery around 5 May, 2012 and we are accepting pre-order sales on our shopping cart. Order now to be the first to play 'the new kids on the block'!

Jim's Hitting the Route 66 Trail

Pipes & Sticks on Route 66Five well known pipers and drummers will get their kicks from Chicago to Los Angeles along the legendary Route 66 this spring taking their teaching and playing talents across the heartland of America in April, 2012.
Dubbed 'Pipes & Sticks on Route 66', bass drummer Mike Cole, snare-drummer Jim Kilpatrick, and pipers Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl and Willie McCallum will start in Chicago on April 2nd, with the first scheduled concert on April 7th at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium in Chicago.
"The idea hatched last May with a conversation Stuart [Liddell] and I had on a flight to the U.S." McCallum said. "We thought the trip sounded fantastic and we had both always wanted to do it. Doing it combined with the pipes sounded very logical. It then grew a bit when we considered how we could do some concerts, workshops with pipes and drums combined. We sat on it for a few weeks whilst we thought of the best way ahead.
"It was then a case of who we thought would be interested in coming along as a team of five. 
Those we approached first agreed with no hesitation and we think it's an amazingly talented line-up."
Among the group is just about every important solo piping and drumming award, many of which have been won several times over. McCallum said that additional events will be announced as they are determined.
"We will stick as far as possible to the original Route 66, but there will be a few diversions along the way" McCallum added, and said that the group will travel in a small bus, and will stay in motels en- route.
A documentary film is also being planned, with Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band 'On The Day' movie director John McDonald recording the adventure.
Before the United States developed the current Interstate system, Route 66 was the primary highway connecting the western half of the country, starting in Chicago and traversing St. Louis, Tulsa, Santa Fe, Flagstaff and ending in Los Angeles. Route 66 was made more famous referenced in several songs in the 1950s and '60s.

You can find the dates of the tour on Jim's master classes schedule.

Source: pipes|drums

Shotts Drum Corps - World Champions

The best drum corps award at the 2011 World Pipe Band Championships held at Glasgow Green on Saturday 13 August, 2011 was won by The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band.

Having overcome the hurdle of having to compete in the qualifying heat in the morning in which they finished first for drumming, the Shotts drum corps led by Jim Kilpatrick MBE pulled off two outstanding performances in the March, Strathspey & Reel and Medley events in the final to win the new Samuel J Hodgen Cup & Andante Sash. The win represents Jim's fifteenth as leading drummer of the Shotts drum corps.

The event was live streamed around the world by the BBC and the Shotts performances can be found on the BBC World Pipe Band Championships 2011 website or watching the embedded BBC iPlayer below.

Worlds Roadshow Ready to Roll into Glasgow

The Jim Kilpatrick Percussion Roadshow is preparing to head to Todds Bar in Glasgow for 2011 Worlds week. Jim, Fiona and crew will be on hand every day from 8 to 12 August, 2011 with all of the pipe band drumming essentials you are likely to need for the World Pipe Band Championships. There will be great stocks of all Jim Kilpatrick Percussion sticks, carriers, accessories and official merchandise, as well as Remo drum heads, M & G bass drum mallets, TyFry tenor drum mallets and expert advice on all Pearl pipe band drums.

New for the 2011 World Pipe Band Championships is the Jim Kilpatrick KP2 snare drum stick in pink. We want you to 'Think PINK!' this year, with 20% of the profits on all sales of the stick being donated to Cancer Research. We hope you will join us and the Shotts drum corps in thinking pink for the Worlds.

Come and see us when you get to Glasgow!

2010 World Solo Drumming Championships

Jim Kilpatrick MBE competed at the 2010 RSPBA World Solo Drumming Championships in Glasgow on 23 October, 2010. A solid performance in the semi-final saw Jim qualify for the final, where he secured fourth place with respective aggregate 2nd equal and 5th equal placings in the March, Strathspey & Reel and Hornpipe & Jig legs of the event.

Other members of Jim's Shotts drum corps who did well on the day were David Ross who qualified for the adult semi-final, Steven Shedden who was runner-up in Juvenile Section 3 and Grant Cassidy who won Juvenile Section 2 to take his 5th successive world title.

2010 Worlds Roadshow Ready To Roll

Come and visit Jim at the Jim Kilpatrick 2010 Worlds Roadshow at Todds Bar, Glasgow from 7 August to 13 August, 2010. Check out the new and exclusive range of Jim Kilpatrick KP2 sticks with all new colours featuring the new non slip grip. Get all your Worlds drumming accessories and full range of Jim Kilpatrick T-shirts, Hoodies and other exciting ranges of clothing. Jim and Fiona are excited about returning to Glasgow and look forward to helping you with your drumming needs.

Jim Kilpatrick Summer Sale Starts Now

The Jim Kilpatrick Percussion Summer Sale is now on. From Friday 11 June, 2010, we are cutting the prices on many of your favourite pipe band drumming products and offering further reductions across our popular special offers.

We have cut the price on all TyFry Platinum tenor drum mallets and TyFry Practice mallets to £32.99, giving you a saving of £6 per pair on the world's most popular tenor drum mallet, as well as making further reductions to many of our special offers, passing on bigger savings than ever on our fantastic selection of multi-buy deals.

So drop into our online shop now and get your hands on a fantastic summer drumming deal!

Jim Kilpatrick Releases Exciting New KP2 Stick Range

The new KP2 stick range by Jim Kilpatrick

The most popular pipe band stick in the world just got even better! Coinciding with the launch of the new Jim Kilpatrick Percussion website is the official launch of the brand new KP2 stick line by Jim Kilpatrick MBE. The KP2 model has been upgraded to incorporate a new and better balance to maximize the best possible control and feel. This, coupled with an enhanced pitch while playing on the drum puts the Jim Kilpatrick Signature range of sticks into a league of their own.

The new KP2 stick range comes in a choice of four stunning finishes; traditional lacquer, black, red and white and is available to buy now from our online shop and all main retail shops.

Jim Kilpatrick Launches Brand New Website

The new Jim Kilpatrick Percussion website

Jim Kilpatrick MBE is delighted to unveil his brand new website in time for the 2010 pipe band season. The new website launched on Friday 4 June, 2010 focuses on improved layout, bolder corporate presence, better navigation and a smoother online shopping experience.

Some of the new additions to feature in the website include:

  • Updated profile with embedded YouTube videos,
  • Fantastic pack shot pictures by Andrew Lawson Photography,
  • Master Classes with appearance calendar,
  • News with RSS Feed,
  • Product FAQs and
  • Social networking on Facebook.

Our online shop offers all of the usual Jim Kilpatrick Percussion favourites and we will be unveiling some fantastic new KP Signature products in the very near future, so please visit regularly and watch out for updates. We hope you enjoy our new website and as always, we appreciate your feedback.

Tenth Scottish Title For Shotts Drum Corps

Tenth Scottish Title For Shotts Drum Corps

The drum corps of The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band won a tenth Scottish title under the leadership of Jim Kilpatrick MBE at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships held in Dumbarton, Scotland on Saturday 22 May, 2010. Jim débuted tuned dual bass drums to his drum corps' mid-section for the performance, which was warmly received by the audience and adjudicators alike.

Jim Kilpatrick Visits Pearl's Nashville HQ

Jim Kilpatrick MBE & Gene Okamoto at Pearl

Jim Kilpatrick MBE recently stopped by the headquarters of Pearl Music Worldwide in Nashville, Tennessee as part of his spring tour of the United States of America. Jim took the opportunity to tour the home of the world famous Pearl drum company and meet up with the company's CEO, Gene Okamoto. While being shown around the extensive facilities within Pearl, Jim was invited into their purpose built recording studio to shoot some demonstration footage on the Pearl FFXPB pipe band snare drum, which you can check out on the Pearl Drum Corporation YouTube channel.

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