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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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2017 Quartets Competition

The Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band made an excellent start to the 2017 competition season at the RSPBA North of Scotland branch quartets competition in Huntly on Saturday 18 March, winning the grade two competition and placing 3rd in the grade one contest. Speaking after the competition, Pipe Major Pamela Whyte said “today’s strong performance shows that the hard work and dedication of both the pipe and drum corps over the winter months has paid

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A Memorable Day at Tulliallan Castle

 Friday 10th March was a massive day for Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band.  After many years’ absence, the Band returned to Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, the Headquarters of Police Scotland and the home of the Scottish Police College, to lead a Passing Out Parade for more than 170 Probationary Constables. 38 of these new Officers will serve within the North East of Scotland, the home territory of the Band The Inspecting Officer was Police Scotland Chief

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Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band ‘On Parade’!

Following an extended absence of 15 years, Friday, 10th March, 2017, will see Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band return to the Parade Square at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine. On that day, the Band will provide the music throughout a Passing Out Parade for over 150 new Police Scotland Constables.  38 of these Officers are destined to serve within the north east of Scotland hence, it is most appropriate the Pipe Band for this

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Police Pipe Band Secures the Services of a New Drum Major

Since early 2015, under the enthusiastic stewardship of Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Nicky Gibson, the Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band has been significantly remoulded.  Within the fold there are now in the region of 30 competing musicians, all of whom are eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming Competition Season.   The Band is once again of a scale that it is in great demand to perform at high profile public engagements and

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Band Engagement

With it being Valentine’s day, do we hear the sweet sound of wedding bells for a couple of members of GPSPB ? Scott Brown, one of our pipers for the past 10 years (who loves us so much he signed on as a Police Constable with Police Scotland last year) finally popped the question to Jemma Massie in December… and she said yes! Scott and Jemma, a tenor-drummer-cum-administration-assistant, met through the band, and fell in

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2017 Calendar

In recognition of the 110th anniversary of the Grampian Police Pipe Band, we have released a calendar celebrating its history since its founding as Aberdeen City Police Pipe Band in 1907. The calendar takes a trip into the past, showcasing the pipers and drummers who have marched in our ranks throughout the years. As well as providing a chronicle of the band’s history from the vintage to the modern, you’ll have a handy reminder of

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Fundraising Race Night

The Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band is holding a Fundraising Race Night at The Ashvale, Great Western Road, Aberdeen, at 7pm on Saturday, 26th November, 2016.  A number of tickets for the event, priced £15 each, remain available.  The ticket cost includes an Ashvale Supper.   A most enjoyable evening is guaranteed.  If you wish to attend then please contact Iain McCombie direct to order your tickets.   You will be made most welcome!!  

Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band Gear Up For Success

A group of musicians from Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band used pedal power at the weekend (Saturday 2 July 2016) to raise funds for new instruments. More than 15 band members took part in a cycle ride from Aberdeen’s Duthie Park to Banchory in Royal Deeside and back to give their coffers a much-needed boost. Organised by Side Drummer, Mike Duncan and Tenor Drummer, Shona Brown, around £2,000 has been raised so far from the

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Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band Relaunched at Fyvie Castle

Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band’s re-launch on Sunday 5 June was a huge success and drew a substantial crowd who enjoyed the spectacle of the the Band performing against the beautiful backdrop of Fyvie Castle. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the opening by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) of the Castle to the public, the band played two 30-minute sets on the front lawn. The Band has secured funding from Balmoral Group, who will

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