Updated: Tayside Police dissolves following Clunie resignation
The Grade 1 Tayside Police Pipe Band of Dundee, Scotland, has dissolved after its pipe-major, David Clunie, resigned following the World Pipe Band Championships. The dissolution of the band is effective immediately, according to sources, and the band will not compete again.
The band held a meeting on the night of Thursday, August 19th, and collectively decided to break up rather than try to continue.
The troubles within Tayside Police had been rumoured over the summer, with speculation that the band would collapse following the Cowal Gathering, the final major championship of the year.
Tayside Police finished last overall in Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships last week, and also finished last at the two previous championships, the Scottish and European, at which it competed.
Clunie had been appointed pipe-major in 2008, coming from the also disbanded Grade 1 Clan Gregor. Ian Tobin was made lead-drummer the same year, two years after the band was upgraded to Grade 1 following its Champion of Champions award in Grade 2.
“It should be noted that my resignation has been brought about by an accumulation of various reasons,” Clunie said. “Without going into too much detail, the fundamentals are that the force was withdrawing all funding next season making it nigh impossible to run the band on a financial level. Over and above this there were also issues with the required level of any kind of support from the force and commitment from certain key personnel within the band. Practices were suffering due to these issues amongst other accumulating ruling factors. The decision was not taken lightly, but one could not envisage being able to improve the band at this competitive level in the way the band situation was as stated above. It should be noted that my resignation was given before any decision taken by the remaining members to dissolve the band.”
Clunie added, “At present I have made no decision on future plans as to . . . where I may continue my piping career.”
The band was first organized in 1905 as the Dundee City Police Pipe Band.