WAPOL building to return to regular competition
After the 2004 competition season when the band finished tenth at the World Championships, the Western Australia Police Pipe Band essentially fell off the radar screen of the international competitive piping and drumming community. But WAPOL has embarked on a rebuilding program that includes introducing new members to its ranks and ambitious concerts and recordings.
The latest piper to make the move to WAPOL is piper Stuart Robertson, a veteran of the Scottish pipe band scene and most recently four years with House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead. Robertson is moving to WAPOL’s centre of Perth, Australia, to be employed full time by the police force. Other recent additions to WAPOL include snare drummers Chris Johnston, formerly of St. Laurence O’Toole, and Scott Mitchell, formerly with the Grampian Police.
Former Robert Wiseman Dairies-Vale of Atholl member Paul Hughes took over the leadership of WAPOL in 2008, immediately deploying a rebuilding effort to bring the band back to prominence in competition.
Most of the band’s efforts are focused on community events and performs to thousands of school children, charities and organizations throughout the year
The band is staging a major concert at the Curtin Theatre in Fremantle, Australia, on October 30th.