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.