October 2018 3
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are delighted to announce that Oliver Brownlie & William Corkindale have been appointed to the position of Pipe Major & Leading Drummer of the Grade 2 band.
For the past two seasons Olly has been the bands Pipe Sergeant & since its inception in 2016 also served as Pipe Major of our Novice Juvenile Pipe Band.
Prior to joining the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Band, Olly had played for a number of bands including North Yorkshire Fire Service, Newton Aycliffe, The Vale of Atholl, Dysart & Dundonald and Glasgow Police (formerly Strathclyde Police), so brings with him a wealth of experience.
Fundamentally Olly’s main aim is to get the band in the prize list, whilst playing some great music along the way. It’s about building on the progress that has already been made in the band over the last few years whilst tweaking a few things that he feels will push the band to that next level. It’s his aim to improve the band as a whole, including individual playing and playing as a unit. He is incredibly proud to have been appointed Pipe Major and is looking forward to getting started.
William started drumming at the age of 7, taught by his father. William then went through the grades to Grade 1 where he played under the leadership of Jim Collins for 4 years. He then became a leading drummer for a few years where he won the European drumming championship and champions of champions. After taking a few years out he returned to the top flight, joining Strathclyde Police Pipe Band under the leadership of Eric Ward for almost 10 years, winning the European and UK drumming championships along the way.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are delighted to appoint Michael Clark as the new Pipe Major of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Novice Juvenile Pipe Band.
For the past two seasons Michael has assisted the band & been instrumental in the development of the bands learners. Some of Michaels keys aims for taking the band forward are to lead the development of the band in using his skills and experience to help individual members improve in their learning which will help the band continue to develop as a whole. What the band has achieved in its first 3 years, and in particular the 2018 season has been nothing short of incredible and it is very important to keep this momentum going into next season and seasons to come. Michael always aims high and is hopeful of pushing the band into the prize list regularly as soon as possible and is thoroughly looking forward to taking over and adding to this amazing journey.
Michael is also a current member of the grade 2 SFRS Pipe Band & formerly a member of North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band. The appointment has been fully supported and backed by all band members as well as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Following the conclusion of the 2018 season, Pipe Major Alistair McLaughlan has decided to step down from his position as Pipe Major of Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Pipe Band.
Alistair has been Pipe Major of the band for the last 4 years and feels that the time is right to step aside and to let someone new come into the Service with fresh ideas and to take the band in a new direction. Under Alistair’s leadership the bands performances have continued to improve from season to season, also leading the band in a successful trip to Spain.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service & all band members would like to publicly thank Alistair for his service as Pipe Major of the band, for his relentless hard work and his dedication to the job.