The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario recognized two outstanding long-serving members at the 74th Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, on Saturday, July 30: Colin MacLellan and Hugh Cameron.
The PPBSO is grateful to the games committee for allowing us the opportunity to recognize our members in this public way.
Long-time friend and colleague of Hugh Cameron, Jim Sim, President of the Chicago-based Midwest Pipe Band Association, and renowned snare drummer, presented the award on behalf of members of the PPBSO.
What follows is the full text of Hugh Cameron’s recognition:
I have known Hugh Cameron for almost 50 years. In that time, Hugh has been a competitor, a mentor, an advisor, but most of all, a good friend. Hugh has been a great asset to not only Ontario drumming, but to drumming and drummers worldwide.
As a young drummer from Chicago, I always looked up to Hugh. Hugh has been a player in several bands in Ontario, but his greater influence has been on the overall art of drumming here in Ontario and around the world.
Hugh was part of the generation that paved the way for the players and bands of today. Hugh is a great teacher and technician who always has a smile and a kind word and is always willing to help. Hugh is sought out by drummers and bands around the world for his knowledge and advice on drum sound.
The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario is lucky to have Hugh Cameron as a member and Society contributor. Hugh has also run the Cameron Drumming Studio for many, many years. He is always fair and helpful and gives back to drumming everywhere.
I am proud to call Hugh a good friend and I have always valued his friendship. It is my honor to present Hugh Cameron with The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario’s Lifetime Achievement and Lifetime Membership Award.
Hugh Cameron receives his his Lifetime Achievement Award from Jim Sim on behalf of PPBSO members (Photo courtesy of Lindsay McIntosh-Mainville)
Hugh Cameron (L) and Colin MacLellan PPBSO Lifetime Achievement Award recipients presented at Glengarry Highland Games, July 30, 2022 (Photo courtesy of Lindsay McIntosh-Mainville)