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Scottish Pipe Band Championship 2017

Saturday’s (29.07.17) RSPBA Scottish Championships at Dumbarton were dogged by very changeable weather.  Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band’s competition preparation and the actual arena performance were a real challenge with heavy rain, sunshine and wind all being experienced.   Despite these conditions, the Band achieved an extremely creditable 6th place in Grade 2.  This solid performance provided the second consecutive top six placing for the Band at a Major Competition.       Pipe Sergeant

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Vieira Brum Pipe Band project

A dream has come true for a Brazilian bagpiper visiting Aberdeen for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. A representative from Rio de Janeiro-based Vieira Brum Pipe Band project, who played the pipes and drums for the Dept of International Trade and Balmoral Offshore Engineering at last year’s Rio Oil and Gas exhibition, has realised a lifelong dream by visiting Scotland. Band leader, Jhonny Mesquita, and his translator are visiting Aberdeen for the festival following a

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PETERHEAD SCOTTISH WEEK CARNIVAL PARADE

  The summer holiday period is never an easy time to muster a Band for a public performance.  Despite this real challenge, Saturday 20th July saw Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band (GPSPB) continue its ongoing commitment to support local events.  During that afternoon, the Band was to the fore throughout the ASCO Carnival Parade which forms a highlight of the Peterhead Scottish Week. The Carnival Parade followed a route through Peterhead town centre.  The weather

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Band Uniform Gets A Facelift

During early 2016, Pipe Major Pamela Whyte, Pipe Sergeant Blair Milne and Leading Drummer Nicky Gibson decided upon the future musical direction of the Band.  In addition to considerable practice time, this demanded the purchase of new Chanters, Reeds, Pipe Bags and a full set of Drums.  As a consequence the Band’s sound has improved significantly.  The instruments will continue to be maintained in best order, or indeed replaced, to meet the requirements of Pam,

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Friends of ANCHOR 20 for 20

Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band was delighted to be able to contribute to the launch of the Friends of Anchors 20 for 20 campaign. As part of its milestone 20th anniversary, the charity has launched its biggest fundraising appeal ever by pledging £1 million as part of it’s “Big Dream” campaign to assist the University of Aberdeen’s ambitious £4.5m project to attract and recruit a world-class cancer research team to the North-east of Scotland.  

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‘BI GLIC – BI GLIC’

Since 1954 Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine on Forth, has been the home of the Scottish Police College. The College Crest depicts two Oystercatchers surrounding the Police Scotland Badge which is itself flanked by two books to signify learning. Oystercatchers can be found throughout the Castle’s extensive grounds and their black and white plumage resembles the Police black and white checked hat band.   The College motto is Bi Glic – Bi Glic. When spoken these Gaelic

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Best Result in 6 Years

During the past 2 years Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band has invested in instruments and been practising extremely hard to enhance its sound quality and competition performances. This extended project has been carefully directed by Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Nicky Gibson.     These endeavours have reaped rewards during the 2017 competition season. To date the Band has been placed first in Grade 2 at the North of Scotland Piping Quartets, and

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Band Performs for Fyvie Castle Visitors

  Throughout its extended history, Aberdeen City Police, Grampian Police and more recently, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band has combined with the National Trust for Scotland to provide performances at their numerous historic premises scattered throughout the North East. On Saturday 10th June, a National Trust for Scotland ‘Northern Delight’ cruise berthed at Peterhead harbour.  From there over 200 of the passengers were conveyed to the 13th century Fyvie Castle to experience the magnificent building

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ABERDEEN HIGHLAND GAMES

Aberdeen Highland Games were held at Hazlehead Park on Sunday 18th June and attracted a bumper audience of over 8000.  The Games’ Pipe Band Competition proved to be a real test for all the participating musicians.  Varying temperatures and overhead conditions presented considerable challenges in trying to produce the desired sound.   Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band, Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Nicky Gibson worked hard on the day to achieve some form

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Band Leads Huge Scottish Police College Parade

On Friday, 9th June 2017, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band was honoured to provide the musical accompaniment at the Scottish Police College Passing Out Parade for Course 1 of 2017.  The Parade was extra special in that it comprised of just over 200 Probationary Constables, the largest number in the Police Scotland era. 19 Band Members, under the direction of Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Nicky Gibson, made themselves available for the occasion. 

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