Ballymoney’s John ‘beats’ the opposition!

Ballymoney drummer John McClea has once again proven that he can ‘beat’ any opposition.

14-year-old John from Ballymoney has retained his Juvenile Section One MSR World Solo Drumming Title at the World Solo Drumming Championships held in Glasgow Caledonian University last week.

John, a member of The Police Service of Northern Ireland Pipes and Drums, said he was “so happy and pleased to retain the title as he was pushed hard by two of the other finalists.”

His father Alan, who accompanied him to the World Championships in Scotland, said: “The family are so proud. I

“t was a marvelous feeling to hear his name called out as the winner.”

Pipe Sgt Keith G Davison of the PSNI Pipes and Drums said: “I am once again delighted that John, one of our Juvenile players, has retained his World Title.

“Not only is John a wonderful asset to the PSNI Pipes and Drums, I am also grateful for the added support we receive from Mr and Mrs McLean.”

John’s older brother Aaron, a drummer with World Champions Field Marshall Montgomery, has had a great year as well and and just missed out on a place in this year’s Adult Final.

John would like to thank everyone who helped him achieve his dream and he added a special thank you to Quentin Clarke who gives of his time weekly to teach John.