Up to now the selection process for
this prestigious award has taken a pretty light-hearted approach.
This year the winner has been chosen for efforts that all of us
have benefitted from. The 2005 Bandsman of the Year Award goes
to Randy McIntosh. Randy “The Rookie” has created
our webpage and posted pictures to it before most of us were even
home from the events. He has made copies of photos available,
deciphered my cryptic old copies of music into musically correct,
easy-to-read works of art. He is religious in attendance, and
without his help, the key would probably be permanently lodged
in the Legion door!
Randy has thanked Cathie and me for
coaching him and patiently helping him put the proper notes on
the appropriate foot, relax, and just go with the music. Randy,
there is no need to thank us. Having someone as keen to learn
and play is reward enough. You’re a lucky guy to come along
just as this group is starting to flourish. A nicer, more congenial
group of folks is hard to find, especially all wanting to play
highland music in this neck of the woods! The pipe band world
has been a part of my life, which has given me countless adventures
and lasting friendships. I hope it will do the same for you. You
too will have your “ride in a canoe.” Thank you, Randy,
from all of us!