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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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New Practice Venue for Police Pipe Band

Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band is now based at the Hopeville Social Club, Harlaw Road, Inverurie, for all its practice sessions.  At this stage of the Competition Season practices can be as frequent as 3 times per week.   The facilities available at the Hopeville Social Club are ideal with separate rooms available for the Pipe and Drum Corps.  There is also a ballroom and an outside grass area for Full Band sessions.   Band

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Kirkin o’ the Council

On Sunday, 21st May, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band was extremely honoured to once again lead the historic Aberdeen City ‘Kirkin o’ the Council’ procession.   Traditionally, the Kirkin’ o’ the Council takes place on the first Sunday following the statutory meeting of the Council after the periodic ordinary election of Councillors. A procession of Councillors and Civic Dignitaries makes its way from the Town House to the Kirk of St. Nicholas uniting for a

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Outdoor Competition season 2017 starts

After a great start to the 2017 competition season, the Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band continued its success at both the Dunbar Pipe Band Contest on Saturday 13th May and at the North of Scotland Pipe Band Championship held in Banchory the following day.   Despite some challenging weather conditions in Dunbar on Saturday, with the wind from the sky battling pipes and drums in the arena, the band took first place in the grade

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