January 2015 1
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are delighted to announce the appointment of Alistair McLaughlan as the new Pipe Major of the SFRS Pipe Band. Alistair brings with him a wealth of piping knowledge and a superb playing CV. The members of the band ratified the appointment after a meeting on 5th of Jan 2015.
Alistair started his playing career with Carluke Caledonia Pipe Band and moved onto grade 1 bands Black Bottle, Polkemmet Pipe Band, where he became the Pipe Sergeant and Scottish Power Pipe Band under the leadership of Roddy MacLeod. From there Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band beckoned, under the leadership of Robert Mathieson, Alistair had seven trophy filled seasons before moving onto Linlithgow Pipe Band as Pipe Major. Under Alistairs 3 seasons in charge the band secured second and third places in the Champion of Champions table with the band also achieving first place for piping in Grade three in the World Pipe Band Championships. Alistairs next move was to Strathclyde Police Pipe Band where one of his highlights in the band was being actively involved in the critically acclaimed pre Worlds concert in August ’14.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service wish Alistair every success.