The past few weeks have been busy for members of Grampian Police Scotland Pipe band, with the commencement of the competition season.

20180513_170421On 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 on ensemble preference).

The following Saturday the band made the trip down to St James playing field on the outskirts of Paisley  for the British Pipe Band Championships. On a hot, sunny and slight breezy day the band was delighted pick up a 6th place. The video of our performance can be seen at the bottom of the article

 

33144986_835668956624165_3005930817424719872_oReflection upon the opening of the season Pipe Major Pamela Whyte said “I am delighted to start the season on such a great positive note with the band picking up a well deserved prize at the first major. We have heavily focused on improving our ensemble placing over the winter and I am really happy with the progress we have made. I would also like to thank Scot Brown and Alex Duncan for their assistance at the British Pipe Band Championship with Pipe Sergeant Jeffrey Lawson unable to attend. All members of the band are very much aware this is the starting point and we must build and improve on these performances so that we can carry forward this momentum and be in the prize list at major competition.”

The band’s 6th place at the British pipe band Championship was dedicated to the memory of the late Magus Mowat who had been an integral part of the management team and is sadly missed by all members of the band. To honour Magus and his late wife Joan, the band will wear Friends of Anchor pins on their ties for the remainder of the 2018 competition season.

The band will next compete and the United Kingdom championship held in Stormont Belfast on the 16th of June at 14:15.