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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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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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