The PPBSO Music Committee has made some changes to its membership. Former 78th Fraser Highlanders lead drummer Michael Hunter has welcomed the opportunity to step into a role left vacant by long-time member Hugh Cameron who is stepping back from the committee. Hugh will continue working with the Society in a consulting capacity, lending his expertise to a number of educational initiatives currently under way.
Mike Hunter comes to the Music Committee as a seasoned grade 1 competitor and a member of the PPBSO panel of adjudicators. Mike came to Toronto in 1993 from Edinburgh, Scotland. He played in the Polkemmet Colliery Pipe Band from 1985-1986 under Jim Kilpatrick and with Shotts & Dkyehead Pipe Band from 1987-1989. He was the lead drummer of the 78th Fraser Highlanders from 1996-2002. He is an engineer by profession.
“Mike Hunter brings exactly the level of experience and accomplishment that we value on the Music Committee,” said Music Committee chair Jim McGillivray. He’s a professional in every sense of the word, and I’m looking forward to working closely with him.”
Hugh Cameron has been a stalwart of the Ontario drumming scene since the 1960s and a member of the Music Committee off and on since the mid-1970s. A devotee of Alex Duthart, and long-time owner of Cameron’s Drumming Studio, his influence on drumming in Ontario and elsewhere has been extensive.
“Hugh Cameron has been responsible for a phenomenal amount of work by the Music Committee drumming group over decades of service,” said McGillivray. “There are only a handful of people who have contributed to the PPBSO as Hugh Cameron has. We’re grateful for what he has done and because he will continue that work for the Society in a more specialized, consultive role.”