p|d Survey: Almost two-thirds of Grade 1 P-Ms favour size limits
upon itself to inquire. It’s our edict: Only by asking questions will you get answers.
And since the impact of numbers has affected Grade 1 perhaps more than any other grade, and since moves made by Grade 1 bands set trends that trickle down the grades, we decided to survey the pipe-major of each of the world’s active 30 Grade 1 bands.
- 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
- 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (Canada)
- Auckland & District (New Zealand)
- Bagad Cap Caval (France)
- Canterbury Caledonian Society (New Zealand)
- Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
- Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles (Scotland)
- Dowco-Triumph Street (Canada)
- Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
- Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (Scotland)
- ILT City of Invercargill Highland (New Zealand)
- Inveraray & District (Scotland)
- Los Angeles Scots (USA)
- Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)
- Moorabbin (Australia)
- New Zealand Police (New Zealand)
- Ottawa Police Service (Canada)
- Peel Regional Police (Canada)
- Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
- Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
- Queensland Highlanders (Autralia)
- Ravara (Northern Ireland)
- ScottishPower (Scotland)
- Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
- Simon Fraser University (Canada)
- St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
- Stuart Highlanders (USA)
- Toronto Police (Canada)
- Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
- Western Australia Police (Australia)
Technically, the Ballycoan Pipe Band of Northern Ireland is still a going concern, but – perhaps ironically – they have been unable to compete for nearly two full seasons due to a shortage of personnel. Readers are free to assume what Ballycoan’s opinion might be.
We received a response from all 30 pipe-majors. The trust that they place in pipes|drums to report accurately and maintain confidentiality is gratifying, and we thank them.
It would have been great to survey every pipe-major of every competing band, but that’s not practical for us, unfortunately. Perhaps associations could do that, chiefly the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, whose decisions on this matter pretty much dictate what the rest of the world will do.
We assured every pipe-major that their specific responses would be kept anonymous, and only overall data would be used. It is gratifying that they trusted us to keep their survey information on its own confidential.