March 31, 2007

Grampian Police Pipe Band marks 100 years in 2007

The Grade 2 Grampian Police marks its centenary year in 2007, setting it apart as one of the world’s oldest civilian pipe bands.

A spokesperson for the band said that it is planning a number of events throughout the year both locally and “further afield.”
The Grampian Police Pipe Band leading the massed bands at the UEFA Champions League Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow.“We are trying to contact ex-members of the band and I would ask anyone who has previously played with the band to get in touch with us,” said Chief Inspector Malcolm McMillan, Grampian Police Pipe Band manager.

The band was founded originally as the Aberdeen City Police and changed its name in 1975 when Scotland regionalized its police services. That same year the Glasgow Police became the Strathclyde Police and the Edinburgh City Police became the Lothian & Borders Police.

Grampian Police finished tenth in Grade 2 at the 2006 World Championships, its second year back in Grade 2 after nine years in Grade 1. The band is actively recruiting a new lead-drummer.

“We had a very successful 2006 competition season with the Band achieving significant results at both local and major competitions,” Pipe-Major Drew Sinclair said. “We have recently recruited a number of drummers and strengthened the number of pipers in preparation of competing at a number of both local and major competitions during 2007.


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