|Monaghan's New Pipe Major|
The Monaghan Pipe Band is pleased to announce that John Wassman has come aboard as the band's new Pipe Major. After teaching the band for two years, John comes aboard eager to bring the band to the next level.
John Wassman is an established solo player, bandsman and judge. A student of Pipe Major George M. Bell, John has competed extensively as an amateur and professional, playing throughout the United States, Canada and Scotland. As a bandsman, John Wassman has contributed his skills to two of the best bands this country has ever seen. A founding member of Parlin & District, John was a key player in this band as they dominated the U.S. Piping scene for many years and won the grade two North American Championship in 1984. John would then participate in a marvelous six year run with Parlin in grade one. John has also been a key member of the City of Washington Pipe Band, which is now one of only two U.S. bands in grade one. John played with City of Washington when they won the grade two World Championship title in 1999, as well as several North American Championships. John continued to play with COW through their powerful first year in grade one this past season, which included a second place at the North American Championship. A much sought after teacher, John also serves as an EUSPBA panel judge for both piping and ensemble.
On taking this position, John commented "After instructing the band for two years and seeing the potential the band had to offer, I accepted the challenge and responsibility of being Pipe Major."
In serving as the piping instructor, John played with the band in three competitions this past season. This helped propel the band to take a second place at the Montreal Highland Games and a first at the Hunter Mountain Festival. The band is looking forward to John in its ranks and hopes to benefit from his knowledge and experience. Welcome Pipe Major John Wassman!