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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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Band Wedding

On the 7th of April, the members of Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band had the great pleasure of being invited to the wedding of two of its drummers, Tony and Angela Park.  The wedding was held in Ban-Car Hotel and provided a delightful location for the happy couple. Angela and Tony met each other while playing in pipe bands around Edinburgh and upon moving to Aberdeenshire immediately joined GPSPB in 2016 so it was fitting

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More New Faces!!!

Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band have continued their close season recruitment drive by adding a further three new faces to the ranks.  These most recent additions will help swell the numbers in all three sections of the Band. The new members who have now joined the Band, and their previous Band, are: Piper: Stuart Rothnie (Denny and Dunipace). Tenor Drummer: Simon Morrison (Culter and District). Side Drummer: Robert Smith (2622 Highland Squadron).   Leading Drummer

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First 2018 Run-Out For Pipe Corps

The Piping Quartet Competition at Huntly on Saturday 17th March provided an ideal opportunity for Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band to afford their revamped Pipe Corps some much needed exposure in the competition arena.  The Band entered 3 Quartets in the Grade 1 and Grade 2 Competitions.  With the considerable close season changes to the Pipe Corps in mind, it proved to be a beneficial outing. The Band’s Quartets were well placed in both Grades,

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This Is Our City

During the late evening of Tuesday 27th February, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band was honoured to provide the finale at the ‘This Is Our City’ dinner.  The highly prestigious event was held at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom and was attended by almost 400 guests.   Organised by the Burgesses of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen, the occasion was designed as a platform to celebrate all what is good in Aberdeen.  It provided

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And A Good Night Was Had By All !!!!

All  members of the Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band have been practising exceptionally hard during the winter months in an effort to built upon the encouraging competition results that were achieved last year.  To provide some social time away from the hard graft of practising, our Bass Drummer and Burns enthusiast Malcolm Whyte proposed the Band organise a Burns Ceilidh.  The event, which was very well attended, was held within the comfortable surroundings of Newhills

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Band Meets New Honorary President

During a recent practice session Members of Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band were introduced to their new Honorary President, Temporary Superintendent Richard Craig. Richard spent an enjoyable couple of hours meeting with all the Members and had lengthy chats with Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and Leading Drummer Mike Haggart.  Prior to his departure the Band impressed Richard by playing some of the music that will form part of the 2018 Competition Sets. Richard commented, “I

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20 for 20 Friends of ANCHOR Auction

Earlier this year to mark its 20th anniversary, Friends of ANCHOR launched the ‘Dream Big’ campaign – its biggest fundraising appeal ever by pledging £1M to the University of Aberdeen’s ambitious £4.5M project to attract and recruit a world-class oncology research team to the North-east of Scotland. This will have a lasting impact on the care, treatment and wellbeing provided to local cancer and haematology patients.   The 20 for 20 voyage is a milestone

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REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE, 2017

Despite the rather cold, wet and windy weather conditions, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band performed a lead role in the Aberdeen City Council Remembrance Day Parade.  The ceremony was held on Sunday 12th November at the City War Memorial, Schoolhill. The Band led a Parade of Veterans and Services Personnel from Belmont Street to the War Memorial.  During the service, Pipe Major Pamela Whyte played the Piper’s Lament, ‘Flowers o’ the Forest’.  At the conclusion

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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

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