Leading Drummer Callum Firth
Callum started drumming at the young age of 7, initially taught by his Uncle Stephen – who was a member of the Torphichen & Bathgate drum corps. Upon his uncle’s retirement from playing, he sent Callum to Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia where he would further his education under the legendary tutelage of Tom Brown.
Callum very quickly worked his way up to become the Leading Drummer of the Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Juvenile band, winning World Championships and Champion of Champions Drumming titles along the way. During these early years Callum was also competing in the World Solo Drumming event for his age category, where he narrowly missed out on winning the title by taking the runners up spot twice.
When Callum became too old for the Juvenile band he moved on to the Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Grade 2 band where Tom Brown was the Leading Drummer. Tom only continued playing for a couple of further seasons before retiring and it was Callum who was chosen to take on the Grade 2 mantle from Tom and lead his own corps for the first time.
Towards the end of 2003, Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia decided to disband their Grade 2 band. It was at this point that Callum and his drum corps moved to the resurrected Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band.
During their first season in 2004, the drum corps won a few local contests and slowly climbed the ladder at the major championships, finishing with a 4th place at Cowal. The constant improvement kept building throughout the winter and, when the 2005 band season commenced, Callum’s corps made the major breakthrough - lifting the Scottish Championship title. Callum directed his bass section towards the ‘Best Bass’ award at the World Championships and led his drum corps to consistently high finishes to lift the coveted Champion of Champions Title for 2005. Later that year, Callum also led his corps on stage in the band’s ‘Curse of Uluru’ concert in Irvine, which featured a full rendition of Tom Brown’s legendary 1983 drum salute.
2006 saw the drum corps take the World Championship title on August 12th, a day and night that will live in the memories of the whole drum corps for quite some long time. This achievement is especially significant when considering that the average age of Callum’s winning drum corps at that time was just 22.
Callum continued to strive for further success and after winning a second world title and another Champion of Champions award in grade 2, the corps ultimately secured their goal of promotion to Grade 1 after the 2008 season.
Callum has been a 3 time semi-finalist at the World Solo Drumming Championship and has performed in the annual Drumming for Drinks competition in Glasgow.)Callum’s drum corps now deliver powerful dynamics, and being complemented with a colourful bass section.