January 31, 2009

McLaren appointed Director of National Youth Pipe Band program

Alisdair McLarenThe National Piping Centre has chosen Alisdair McLaren as the new Director of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, after a three-month search for a replacement for Paul Warren, who departed the post in October of last year.
A resident of Glasgow since 2007, McLaren is originally from Perth, Australia, and is the former-Pipe-Major of the Grade 1 Western Australia Police Pipe Band. He was a member of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band since 2004, until joining Field Marshall Montgomery in 2008.
McLaren will be responsible for the management of the NYPBS program, and has already set a goal of raising the profile of the group “both nationally and internationally.”
“We wish Alisdair every success in his new position,” said National Piping Centre Director Roddy MacLeod.
McLaren is the second non-Scot to be appointed to an important piping position in Scotland. In August 2008 Joshua Dickson was named Head of Scottish Traditional Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.




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