Remote possibilities: a conversation with WAPOL P-M Alisdair McLaren – Part 2
In Part 1 of our exclusive conversation, Alisdair McLaren discussed how the Grade 1 Western Australia Police Pipe Band operates, its new commitment to teaching young pipers and drummers, and the need to look past competition to maintain standards.
Based in Perth in the western-most part of the massive Australian continent, the chances of keeping “WAPOL” at a such a high standard would seem to be equally remote.
In Part 2, Alisdair McLaren expands on the techniques and practices the band uses to get the most from its members.
No one is bigger than the group itself. – Alisdair McLaren
Chief among them, perhaps, is McLaren’s point that “No one is bigger than the group itself.”
While WAPOL hasn’t returned to Scotland to test their mettle against the world’s best, there’s a hope that the group might make the trip in the future.
Listen to his thoughts and insights in the second and final 10-minute part of our conversation:
Our thanks to Alisdair McLaren for taking time from his busy schedule to speak with the worldwide pipes|drums audience.
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April 23, 2020
McLaren ready to rev up Glasgow Police
September 4, 2019
McLaren joins Glasgow Police as co-P-S
August 20, 2017
McLaren appointed Director of National Youth Pipe Band program
January 31, 2009
Western Australia re-starts in-person competitions
August 20, 2020
WAPOL could travel internationally – with permission
April 29, 2020