Strathclyde Police Pipe Band now “Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band”

Published: February 28, 2013
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The Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, which for the last 37 years has steadily built its name after its 1975 move from the Glasgow Police Pipe Band, will henceforth be known as the “Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band.” The band revealed the new name at a concert at the Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow on February 2nd at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The name is the result of the coming April 1st official amalgamation of the eight existing Scottish police jurisdictions into a unified “Police Scotland.”

pipes|drums in a story on January 14, 2013, first reported that the band’s identity would change, but that the group’s structure and base would remain the same.

It is not yet known what the remaining  four Scottish police pipe bands will be called, or whether they will continue to be supported by Police Scotland. Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary (Grade 2); Fife Constabulary (Grade 1); Grampian Police (Grade 1); and Northern Constabulary (Grade 4) each currently operate. In 2012, the Grade 1 Lothian & Borders Police and the Grade 3 Central Scotland Police each ceased to exist, although the latter became the Bannockburn & District Pipe Band.

The Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band is led by Pipe-Major Duncan Nicholson and Leading-Drummer Eric Ward.

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  1. JC2

    Greater Glasgow Police SCOTLAND Pipe Band” – so as not to be confused with the “Greater Glasgow Police YUGOSLAVIA Pipe Band”?? “

  2. Bagpipermann

    Hmmmmm, let’s see….. Greater Peel Regional Police Ontario CANDADA Pipe Band” or GPRPOCPB “Greater Toronto Police Ontario CANADA Pipe Band” or GTPOCPB “Greater Durham Regional Police Ontario Canada Pipe Band” or GDRPOCPB “Greater Hamilton-Wentworth Police Ontario Canada Pipe Band” or GHWPOCPB “Greater Halifax Police Nova Scotia CANADA Pipe Band” or GHPNSCPB I dunno……How would you get the name onto the bass drum? Maybe we should take a page out of the modern music world and come up with names more like “Montrose” or “Blair Gowrie” or “Triumph Street” Much more appealing!”

  3. guru

    Apparently this name did not come from the band but the Chief Constable of the new national force in Scotland which is to be called Police Scotland. He has insisted that the words Police Scotland be used in the name. A small price to pay, in my opinion, to keep a great Pipe Band going.

  4. Lawrie

    They’re still just the Polis” to most. Good thing they weren’t also relocated to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales…………….”

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