Published: September 30, 2001

Strathclyde Police Pipe Major Position to be Given to James Wark

James Wark will assume the Pipe-Major position of the world famous Strathclyde Police Pipe Band in the fall, replacing Ian Plunkett, who has be in charge of the band since 1998.

Wark is a long serving member of the band, and played with them during the glory years of the 1980s under Iain MacLellan. Wark is perhaps best known until now for his compositions, among them the strathspey “Molly Connell,” which is a staple in many pipers’ repertoires.

Under Plunkett Strathclyde Police enjoyed some return to success, including several prizes in major competitions. The band is yet to return to the incredibly successful run it enjoyed from 1981 to 1991, when it won every World Pipe Band Championship except 1987 when the prize went to the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

It is thought that Wark as Pipe-Major will last only several years before he must retire from the Strathclyde Police force.

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