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Return of the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band. It has now been announced that the Strathclyde Police name will be lost due to the merge of policing regions in Scotland. As of 1st April 2013 the official legal title will be Police Service of Scotland with the name of Police Scotland being more commonly used. The Glasgow Police were swallowed up in the last reshaping of regions when they became the Strathclyde Police in 1975. They will now be known as Greater Glasgow Police Scotland, no doubt the Glasgow Police Pipe Band name will be in common usage around the games once again.

This is a rare photograph of the legendary City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band under Pipe Major John McDonald of South Uist. It is believed to have been taken in 1950 at the Pipe Band Championships at Cowal.

 

Pipe Major John McDonald (South Uist), Glasgow Police.

In 1926 John McDonald won the Gold medal and the Open piobaireachd on the same day at the Argyllshire Gathering. A week later he won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, Inverness.

 

John MacDonald, Inverness was one of the most revered Piobaireachd players and solo competitors in his day. These recordings are believed to date around the late 1920s.

 

Robert Reid was one of the most notable players in the 1930's Here is a 1937 recording of a March, Strathspey and Reel.

 

Sheet Music

The Following tunes were sent to us by Peter Stetler of Windchester, Virginia. Peter was having remote lessons with Pipe Major Donald McLeod who also gave comment on some of Peter's fine compositions. We thank Peter for allowing us to publish a few of his tunes here. We hope you enjoy them as we did!

These are some old tunes that I have stumbled across in my travels. More will be posted on an ongoing basis.

 

Sound advice from Robert U. Brown, it doesn't get simpler than that!

 

A young Hamish MacKenzie from Tain (who later emigrated to South Australia), seen here with his tutor John MacDonald on the occasion of his win in the under 21 Piobaireachd at the Northen Meeting, Inverness.

 

 

 

 

 
     
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