Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band issued the following statement:
‘Greater Glasgow Police Pipe band announce a change in leadership with Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson
swapping roles with Pipe Sergeant Iain MacPherson.
‘Duncan has led the band for five years, assisted by Iain, and their guidance of the band in partnership with leading drummer Eric Ward has brought significant success. Duncan’s production of the band’s highly acclaimed 2014 Pre-Worlds concert ‘Ceolry ’ was a milestone achievement and Iain will be able to draw on Duncan’s creative influence moving forward.
‘Iain MacPherson, originally from Benbecula, has been a mainstay of the band in recent seasons having enjoyed significant previous success with Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.
‘Band Manager, Inspector Niall West, commented: ‘Duncan has been an extremely committed and influential Pipe Major whose musical and personal attributes have been deservedly recognised not only across the wider pipe band scene and beyond, but also, significantly, by his peers in Grade One. Current circumstances create an opportunity for the band to take further steps forward through Iain’s leadership. His vast experience, eye for detail and personal drive will assist him greatly in this. Significant musical and technical developments are already ongoing involving Iain, Eric, Duncan and others and we are all looking forward to enhancing the band’s long standing reputation.’
The Band had another excellent outing at Stormont and played 7th at 3pm after a difficult preparation as the weather shifted from cold and windy to hot and sunny every few minutes. We were grateful for another dry day and when the results were announced we again won the drumming and again gained 5th place overall. And so on to Forres for the next one – 27 June – where we will hopefully enjoy your great support once more.
Thanks to ‘Dronechorus’ we’ve a recording of the Band playing:-
And here were the first hands on the trophies:-
And some happy drummers :-
The Band competed at the above event, playing at 5.10pm on a cold windy but dry day. They were last on playing an MSR, immediately after the winners FM.
The Band achieved first prize in Drumming and fifth overall which is a creditable result given the strength of the other bands in Grade 1 .
It is hoped that this is a springboard for further good news as the season progresses and we look forward to your support in Ireland for the next major.
Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band took the opportunity to line up at Coatbridge High School ( showing Coatbridge at it’s very best!) and play this MSR in front of a large crowd of pipe b and followers of all grades. Nice to play in front of a capacity audience and struggle to park in a very large car park!
Let’s hope this augers well for this season and that you all come and support the Band
The Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band are delighted to announce that the, “ Ceolry” CD Album has now been released by KRL and will be available at various stockists.
We know that you will find the music reflects the fantastic display and atmosphere at Glasgow Concert Hall in August last year where an exciting and wide variety of bagpipe music was performed accompanied by many top artists. So we recommend this disc to you and know that it will become a prized possession.
In the meantime here is a taster of the Concert and the days leading to it made by Malkie Bow, who did a wonderful job with Film and Photos in recording rehearsals and interviews/reactions which accurately reflect the hard work and desire to perform a top class pipe band concert which entertained the Pre-Worlds audience.
It has come to our attention that two of our number from the past have passed on.
George McKendrick was a piper in the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band until he left to emigrate to Canada at the end of the sixties decade. He was decent player and competed along with the Band during a few successful years under PM Angus MacDonald and Ronald Lawrie. We thank Ronald his son for informing us,
“My name is Ronald MacKendrick, My Father George Mckendrick was a member of the Glasgow Police, and the Glasgow Police Pipe Band between 1958 to 1967, I believe. He played in many championships with Angus McDonald. and Ian Mclellan. He had many friends in the band which he maintained contact through the years, as well as visiting back to Scotland while playing with the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, here in Massachusetts in the United States. He always loved the Glasgow Police and the Pipe Band, I know he would want me to try to let you know, and maybe let some of his bandmates know of his passing. He passed on January 1st peacefully, and unexpectedly. Thank You for your time and assistance. Ron MacKendrick.”
Former Police piper Murdo McDonald of the “ Gaelic Rank “ passed away and his funeral is on Thursday 5 February at Jonathon Harveys Undertakers 244 Anniesland Rd at 1000hrs and therafter to Dalnottar Cemetery Clydebank for 1100hrs.
Murdo served during the 50/60/70’s era and always had a decent ear and a good pipe. He was also known for his work on the gaelic media, acting and singing and taught other pipers highland dancing to augment the pipe band music at various gigs home and abroad.
We acknowledge their contribution to the reputation and history of the Band
Led by Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson and leading Drummer Eric Ward, the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band performed in front of a capacity audience, some 1800, at a wonderful night of music on their debut appearance at the prestigious “Pre-Worlds” concert. This concert, which is hosted and promoted by the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, aims to offer something for everyone in what must be one of the great musical venues. This was well reported on and one of the reviews can be seen at
Our Band wishes to thank Dougie Orr and all his Band from Glasgow Skye Assoc PB for their kind invitation to play at the Concert and the overwhelming support, work and consideration towards us. Thanks to the staff at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow and the many supporters who pitched in for us. Thanks and Congratulations to the supporting Artists, Rachel Walker who sang emotionally and wonderfully and gained many fans and followers. To Mick MacNeil for his big Set and other play on the keyboard. To Allan Henderson, keyboard; Ewan Robertson, guitar and James Lindsay on Double Bass. Their backing was timely and constantly excellent. To Pete Heywood for his photos on the backdrop providing atmosphere to the stage.
I’m quite sure that the guys in the Band want me to mention the many months of hard work put in by our dedicated and talented Duncan Nicholson, Iain MacPherson and Eric Ward. They made the guys work hard and long and it paid off big time in a wonderful creative unique fast-moving performance of the highest standard which will set the bar for many years. To you the public who bought tickets or just generally supported us in this endeavour – a big thank-you! Please continue to support us in the future!
When photos etc become available regarding the Concert there will be further postings here.
As a result the change of policing there will be the creation of the Police Service in Scotland on 1 April 2013, Strathclyde Police Pipe Band will be renamed: Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band. This name reflects the area where the band is situated and practices and the continued support of the band by the Police Scotland. Greater Glasgow will be a large division which will contain parts of neighbouring towns and land outside the City of Glasgow.
The band will also take this opportunity to change the domain name to www.glasgowpolicepb.org During a transition stage previous domain names will still be active to allow access to the site. If you have links to the site in any way we would appreciate it if you could update your links to the new domain name.