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2002 News

October 2002

Eric Knudsen Assumes Lead Tip.

What began as an experiment in teaching has lead to an exceptional drummer joining a rapidly excelling band. Eric Knudsen formerly of Ulster Scottish officially began his tenure as the drum corps of the First Highland Watch.

After a 2 year hiatus from competing with a band Eric brings his experience as a a teacher and player to a corps he helped build. Last season saw the drum corps grow in season from 2 to 4 players, due in part to the instruction provided by Eric.

Eric is assuming the position from Michael Price who lead the drum corps last season. Price will assume the Drum Sergeant position, responsible for keeping the drums in tune and running practices when Eric is not available.

Under Price, the corps finished within the top ten of grade 4 drum corps consistently last year, finishing a season best 2nd at the Cletic Fling in Lancaster.

Watch Finishes Year in 7th Place Overall.

Combining the experience of 2001 with the experience of a seasoned Pipe Major, the Watch enjoyed its most succesful season to date in Grade 4, finishing in 7th player overall.

Throughout the season the band consistently placed within the top ten at any competition. Its best finish this season was third place at the Fair Hill Colonial Gathering in Fair Hill Maryland.

Even with this success the band is already hard at work on next season's medlies.

January 2002

Rich Hall assumes Pipe Major Position

Quietly building upon the foundation he started as instructor of the First Highland Watch, Rich Hall officially took over the duties as the band's Pipe Major. Rich brings a successful foundation as a player and instructor to the band.

Rich Hall has played with several high grade pipe bands, most notably the former Lehigh Valley and most recently Delmar & District. Rich is a much sought after instructor and player. He brings an wealth of knowledge and experience with him and is sure to create a "winner's experience" within the band.

Rich brings his own method of teaching to the band while continuing to increase the band's level of playing





End of Year!

The Watch came on strong this year finishing 7th overall in the EUSPBA Grade 4 standings. The band is already hard at work preparing for next season.


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