Published: February 28, 2005

Wark joins McCallum Bagpipes

James Wark, the former Pipe-Major of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, has joined McCallum Bagpipes of Kilmarnock, Scotland. Among Wark’s roles at the company will be to be a consultant to both existing and potential customers.

“McCallum Bagpipes has a great reputation for quality and service,” Wark says. “I think that I have some ideas that will add to their impressive range of bagpipes and accessories. I played a set of McCallum Bagpipes while I was Pipe-Major of the Strathclyde Police, as well as the wooden chanters we played when we won the British Championships in 2003.”

Wark took over the Strathclyde Police in 2001 after the departure of Ian Plunkett. Wark, who is also well known composer, is credited with resurrecting the Strathclyde Police as a championship-winning band.

Kenny MacLeod, owner of McCallum Bagpipes, adds: “It’s great for us to have someone’s of Jimmy Wark’s standing joining us. He has a huge wealth of pipe band experience, and is also a very likeable and approachable guy.”

MacLeod said that Wark is willing to travel to bands at home and abroad to help them improve and move forward.

Jim Wark had to step down from the Strathclyde Police due to mandatory retirement from the police force.

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