Three weeks after the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band revealed that it would go by a new name, the Grade 1 Fife Constabulary Pipe Band said that it will be known as the Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band after the April 1st amalgamation of Scotland's eight territorial departments.
In a statement from Fife Constabulary to pipes|drums, Band Manager Ken Chatham said, “This renaming will have no effect on the structure or the management for the band. We have a number of new pipers and drummers joining our ranks this season and we are looking forward to a prosperous and successful season in 2013."
With the identity of Fife Constabulary resolved, the names of three active Scottish police pipe bands are still to be resolved. Police Scotland: Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary (Grade 2); Grampian Police (Grade 1); and Northern Constabulary (Grade 4).
The Fife Constabulary Pipe Band was formed in 2007 and quickly rose to competition success under top-drawer Grade 1 leadership in Pipe-Major James Murray. Murray in 2011 immigrated to Australia, where he now leads the Grade 1 Western Australia Police Pipe Band, and Fife Constabulary has been led by Andrew Mathieson since.
"The band members in renaming the band, agreed unanimously to remain associated with Police Scotland and retain Fife in their name in light of the support given to them by Fife Constabulary officers and staff," Chatham continued.
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