Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band

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Fife Constabulary Pipe Band
Established 2007
Location Fife, Scotland
Grade 1
Pipe major Douglas Murray
Drum sergeant Mick O'Neill
Tartan Carnegie

The Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band is a Grade 1 pipe band from Fife in Scotland, established in September 2007.

History[edit]

The band was established in September 2007 as the Fife Constabulary Pipe Band, and was placed in the senior grade by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association in February the following year. Their first competition, at the Dunbar Highland Games in May 2008, saw them awarded first prize.[1] In August of the same year they made their first appearance at the World Pipe Band Championships and gained entry into the grade one final, having achieved second place among fourteen bands in the morning qualifying round.[2]

The first Pipe Major was James Murray, with Andrew Mathieson starting as Pipe Sergeant, both having left Grade 1 band Shotts and Dykehead.[3] When James Murray announced he was to emigrate to Australia, Mathieson took over as Pipe Major.[4] Douglas Murray became Pipe Major in July 2013 after Andrew Mathieson stepped down, citing time constraints as a result of increasing family commitments and his work with the junior band.[5][6]

In September 2008 the drum corps was replaced by that of the Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band, resulting in the disbandment of the Clan Gregor band.[7]

Following the merger of Scottish territorial forces and the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency to form Police Scotland, the band's name was changed from the Fife Constabulary Pipe Band to the Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band.[8]

Results[edit]

The band received its first placing in a Major championship when in 2011 it was placed 6th in the Scottish Pipe Band Championships.[9][10]

In 2012 and 2013, the band was placed mid-table in most of the Major championships.[11][12]

Pipe Majors[edit]

  • James Murray (2007-2011)
  • Andrew Mathieson (2011-2013)
  • Douglas Murray (2013- )

Leading Drummers[edit]

  • Lee Innes (2007 - 2008)
  • Mick O'Neill (2008- )

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fife Police Pipe Band Win First Prize". fifedirect. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band Results 2008". RSPBA. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Murray, Mathieson to head up new Fife Constabulary Pipe Band". pipes - drums. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Murray to move to Oz; Mathieson new Fife P-M". pipes - drums. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Murray takes over Police Scotland Fife". pipes - drums. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Change of Pipe Major". Central Fife Times. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Clan Gregor collapses". pipes - drums. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Fife latest band rebrand for police amalgamation". pipes - drums. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band Results 2011". RSPBA. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Police band pipe major beats the retreat". Fife Today. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band Results 2012". RSPBA. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band Results 2013". RSPBA. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 

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