By Nathan Dungan
Today I sit with the reality that I, of my own free will, officially and indefinitely stepped down from the leadership role of a band that I love. The Nashville Pipes and Drums and its corps of membership has been a supporting and fostering part of my climb to adulthood, and a continued avenue of support for me since my enrollment in their beginner program at age 10. That is something that I am grateful for. For eight years I have now worked diligently as an officer and pipe major for the band that has given so much to me for the past 22 years. It is a bittersweet moment when I step back and realize that my time at the front right column is over.
But looking back, I’ll say that we have accomplished so much together. The band and its membership has never once let me down. We have done much, and shared many memories together.
Looking forward I know you will continue to be guided by good leadership. You deserve the best, and you should settle for nothing less.
I am stepping down from leadership in order to pursue a commission in the Army National Guard in addition to my full time police career. The addition of the military, and the training time that it will require, has made it necessary for me to make a very difficult choice. However I have come to the realization that in order to achieve a dream, one must eventually stop dreaming and take action.
I hopefully leave on good terms with Nashville P&D, as they have all been completely understanding and supportive (as always) in my decision. While I will not be able to carry on in a leadership capacity and give the role the attention that it deserves, I will always be ready and happy to assist the group in whatever way I can help. I am glad to see David Goodman leading the group forward, as he is a trusted friend and a talented musician. I’m confident he will continue pushing the band in a positive direction, and I will be happy to continue working with and beside him in the future.
Onward and Upward,
Nathan H. Dungan