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G4S ‘Bale’ Out Police Band!!

  Brian Newlands, G4S Secure Solutions Regional Manager for Scotland, has been a long term admirer of the Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band and over time has enjoyed listening to a number of their performances. Brian said, “I was originally made aware of the Band through business associates Iain McCombie and Magnus Mowat and had always been interested in supporting if possible.  The opportunity never really presented itself until tragedy struck with the sudden and untimely

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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Participating in the Aberdeen City Remembrance Day Parade is always the most important engagement of the year for Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band.  This year’s Parade was particularly poignant in that at 11am on Sunday 11th November it was exactly 100 years since the armistice that brought closure to the First World War, a conflict in which over 16 million people died. The Band headed a parade of Veterans and Services Personnel from Belmont Street

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Band ‘Sings’ For Its Super!!!

The annual Grampian Police Retired Staff Reunion was held at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club during the evening of Friday 5th October and as usual, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band was invited to entertain the gathering. Band Manager, Alex Simpson undertook the role of ‘Welcome Piper’ and played for guests on their arrival.  Alex, himself a retired staff member, stirred a few memories by donning his old Band kilt made from Black Stewart tartan.  The Band’s current

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BAND MANAGER DUSTS DOWN HIS PIPES FOR ROYAL OCCASION!!  

On Wednesday 3rd October, 2018, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay, officially opened Balmoral Offshore Engineering’s (BOE) subsea test facility in Aberdeen.  BOE is a division of Balmoral Group, the Band’s principal sponsor.  BOE is the provider of deep-water buoyancy, insulation and elastomer products and the official opening of the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre was to celebrate the conclusion of its two-year £20m investment project. Steve Gibb, Balmoral Group Public Relations Manager,

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BAND MANAGEMENT DELIVER AN UP-BEAT END OF YEAR REVIEW:

During a recent end of season debrief meeting, Band Manager Alex Simpson, Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Mike Haggart all addressed the assembled 2018 Band Members.  Their general consensus was the Band is in a healthy and stable state while performing very well. Pipe Major Pamela Whyte was more than content with the Band’s performances within the competition arena. Numerous prizes were collected at Local and Major levels. Three top six places at

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GRAMPIAN POLICE SCOTLAND PIPE BAND – RECRUITMENT DRIVE

Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Mike Haggart are absolutely delighted with the progress the Band has achieved this season.  Under their stewardship, the Band’s results within the Grade 2 competition area including a 2nd at the Scottish Pipe Band Championship and a 3rd at the European Pipe Band Championship.         We are already looking ahead to the 2019 competition season and would like to add to the existing strong pool

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GOALS ARE BEING ACHIEVED!!!!

At the commencement of preparations for the 2018 Competition season, Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Mike Haggart set all Members of Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band clear goals for the year ahead. Pam and Mike requested everyone to commit to frequent practice sessions, make every effort to raise their individual standard of playing, further develop the Band’s existing great team spirit. Pam and Mike’s declared aim was to ensure that for 2018 the

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Start of Outdoor Competition Season 2018

The past few weeks have been busy for members of Grampian Police Scotland Pipe band, with the commencement of the competition season. On Sunday 13th of May the band made the short journey to Banchory for the North of Scotland Championships held in King George V Park. Competing in both grade 1 & 2 events the band gave 2 good performances winning grade 1 and achieving 2nd in the grade 2 contest (narrowly losing out

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The Band Has Lost A True Stalwart

Monday 30th April, 2018, was a dark, dark day for Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band (GPSPB).  During the early hours of that morning, Magnus Mowat, a highly valued member of the Band’s Management Team, passed away at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.  Magnus had been unwell for just over one week and was admitted to hospital the previous Tuesday.  His extremely sudden and untimely passing has been a massive shock to his family and friends. Magnus, who

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Police Band’s Partnership with Balmoral Group Continues

Just as the 2018 competition season gets under way, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band is already hitting the high notes.  These early celebrations stem from Balmoral Group’s Chairman and Managing Director Jim Milne agreeing to extend their sponsorship of the Band until 2020.   Steve Gibb, Balmoral Group’s Public Relations Manager said, “The Police Pipe Band has formed part of the musical heritage in the north east of Scotland for more than a century.  As

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