Exciting Times for Police Band!!
To date, 2017 has been a very good year on all fronts for the Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band. A spirited momentum has developed which has continued throughout the short end of season break. This has resulted in some restructuring within the Band and the arrival of quite a few new Players.
At the close of last season two key Players, Leading Drummer Nicky Gibson and Pipe Sergeant Blair Milne, decided to step down from their respective roles. Nicky and Blair have exceedingly busy professional and family lives and to restore an acceptable ‘life/work balance’ their Pipe Band commitments required to be reduced. Nicky and Blair continue to be 100% committed to the Band, Nicky ensuring the Band’s uniform stock is up to scratch while Blair will remain as a Corps Piper.
Pipe Major Pamela Whyte has identified that for the Band to continue its positive development, a more structured approach will be required. As such, she has wasted no time in making the following Lead Player appointments to support her in this quest:
Mike re-joined the Police Band for a second time during 2016 and strongly supported Nicky Gibson throughout the last competition season. Mike is a hugely experienced and highly competent Side Drummer who has performed at Grade 1 level. He has previously been a Leading Drummer and is very well respected within Pipe Band circles. Mike has already attracted several high quality new faces to the Band’s Drum Corps and his recruiting process continues.
Jeff is a fine technical musician who during his extended Piping career has played with several north-east Bands. In total he has spent 10 years with the Police Band, his most recent stint commencing 4 years ago. Jeff has gained a massive amount of Pipe Corps management knowledge having played alongside many different Pipe Majors. He is delighted to have been invited to undertake the Pipe Sergeant role and is already contributing greatly at Band practice sessions.
The Pipe Corporal position is a new position for the Police Band. Scott is a serving Police Officer based at Turriff and has been a member of the Band on a number of occasions during the past 11 years. An excellent and strong Piper, his playing ability is well acknowledged throughout the Band. Scott is excited about his appointment as Pipe Corporal and very much looking forward to taking on new responsibilities and getting down to the hard work of supporting Pam, Jeff and indeed the entire Band.
Pamela Whyte said,
‘Firstly, I must record the appreciation of the entire Band for the tremendous contribution made by Nicky Gibson and Blair Milne during the Band’s resurgence over the past few years. Their exceptional efforts have been key components in the ongoing development of the Band. I am so glad that we have not lost the services of Nicky and Blair, their experience and ability will prove invaluable as the Band moves forward.
I am certain all three of the new Lead Player appointments will assist in elevating the Band to the next level. Mike, Jeff and Scott will take a little time to settle in their new roles however, all are experienced within the Pipe Band World and indeed exceptionally talented musicians. I have no doubt the benefit of their input will be witnessed in the coming months.’