Published: September 30, 2004

Lothian & Borders Police searching for the right leader

The Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band of Edinburgh continues its search for a Pipe-Major replacement for Colin MacLellan, who resigned from the position on September 12 after five years in the post.

According to leading drummer and former World Solo Drumming Champion, Arthur Cook, “With the recent departure of Colin MacLellan as Pipe-Major, the current position within the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band is that the search for a successor is now on. The band is currently seeking a successor for this position and have a few applicants. However, we feel that there is no hurry at this time and wish to make sure we have the best possible candidate for the job.”

Cook stressed that the Pipe-Major post is open to both civilians as well as those in the police.

“There may be someone within the pipe band world who has been overlooked or not already identified as a candidate for pipe-major’s post. If there is anyone who wishes to be considered for this post and feel they have the necessary skills required, then they can get in contact with the band, via e-mail.

Contrary to earlier reports, piper Jenny Hazzard is the only other member to have left the band, and Cook states that all other members are remaining with the band pending the appointment of a pipe-major.

The Lothian & Borders Police, via its legacy as the Edinburgh City Police, are one of the most famous and longest-running bands in the world. Under Donald Ramsay and Iain McLeod the band won a total of seven World Championships. Other famous pipe-majors have included John D. Burgess, Harry McNulty, and George Lumsden.

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