Jim Kilpatrick joins Pearl


has just announced that Jim Kilpatrick, the first class leading drummer of the The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead, has joined their ranks as an endorser. Pearl´s roster also includes such talents as Eric Ward (Strathclyde Police), Barry Wilson (Scottish Power), Reid Maxwell (Simon Fraser University) and Drew Duthart (Scottish Lion -78th Fraser Highlanders).

Jim Kilpatrick started his pipe band career at the age of 15 by winning the World Drum Corps and World Pipe Band Championships (the first of his 18 World Drum Corps Championships) with the House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead. In the Pipe and Marching scene his role is enormous, not only as a player, but also as a Worldwide Educator and as a Clinician. The Queen has recognised this and has rewarded Jim for his services to Music by giving him the title "MBE" (Member of the British Empire).

Pearl has a large assortment of Marching drums in which the Pipe Band instruments are a core element. Key to Pearl's Pipe Band drums is the special shell technology and the use of sophisticated materials in combination with stunning appearance. On his new instruments Jim says: "Being a performer who plays in competitions and on clinics all over the world, it is important for me to know that my equipment is not only going to look great, but sounds the best! I am blown away by the purest sound I have ever experienced as a player with my Pearl pipe band snare drums, and bass and tenor drums. Everything about them just feels right."

If you're in Glasgow on 15 August head for the

World Pipe Band Championships

and check out the Pearl stand.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.