Updated: Bradford no longer Strathclyde Police Pipe-Major
Don Bradford has
reportedly left the Pipe-Major position of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band following a band committee meeting on November 8th. Sources close to the band have said that a vote occurred and that Bradford decided to step down from the position.
It would be the second time that Bradford has resigned from the pipe-majorship of the Strathclyde Police. In October 2009 he left after the band encountered significant challenges within the police force, threatening the viability and future of the organization.
Under new police force leadership, the band was allowed to continue in limited fashion. Bradford returned in January 2010, and he led the group back to consistent top-six prizes at RSPBA major championships.
Bradford’s replacement has not yet been identified. Bradford did not respond to questions at publication time.
According to another source who spoke on condition of anonymity, a “steering group” of approximately 14 band members was appointed on November 4th with direction to handle logistical matters like buses to engagements and competitions. Allegedly no “musical matters” were to be considered by the group, of which Bradford of L-D Eric Ward were not members.
The steering group reportedly met on November 8th, discussed the band’s leadership and then held a vote on retaining or dismissing Bradford, who was not present at the meeting. Several playing members of the band are reportedly “considering their futures.”
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