Clark appointed Southland’s new Drumming Tutor

David Clark has been chosen to succeed Russell Esler as the Southland Piping and Drumming Development Trust’s Principal Drumming Tutor.

In a statement to PBNews, Trust Chairman Allister Macgregor said that “While there was good interest globally, the Trust decided to invest in youth – specifically, in New Zealand youth.

“Davy is at the start of his professional drumming career and will be taught, coached and mentored by 5 x and current World Solo Drumming Champion Steve McWhirter and Mikey McKenna runner up at the last World Solo Championships, 2 x Winter Storm Gold Medallist and current All Ireland Champion; in different capacities.”

Clark moved to Invercargill in 2012 to play under the then-Lead Drummer, Scott Birrell. Birrell moved to Melbourne in 2013 to begin a job at Scotch College Melbourne.

Davy started drumming aged 9 and was taught by his father Willy Clark and also had major influence from John Paton and Scott Birrell.

“As the Southland Piping and Drumming Development Trusts Principal Drumming Tutor Davy will also be Drum Sergeant of the Grade 1 ILT City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band which is the Trust’s flagship band,” Macgregor said.

Throughout his career Davy has played in the New Zealand Youth Pipe Band, Auckland Police, South Canterbury and latterly the G1 ILT City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band. He has also played in Australia, the Basel Tattoo, Switzerland and at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.