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.
Last Friday evening the band performed at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Burns Supper, held at the SFRS training centre in Cambuslang. The event was one of the first band performances involving our new lead drummer Craig Ferguson and his corps. The new drummers are settling into the band well, and things are looking promising ahead of the 2017 competition, which will start in a few months time.
On Saturday night, the band performed at the 32nd annual West Sound Burns Supper held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.
The West Sound Burns Supper, now in its 32nd year, is considered one of the best Burns Suppers in the world and one of the most highly regarded events in the Scottish Winter Calendar.
Saturday‚Äôs celebration was a wonderful, modern take on the celebration of Ayrshire‚Äôs own, Robert Burns. Burns is a cultural icon who penned some of the most famous literary works to ever come from Scotland, and his relevance is still felt today!
The packed evening was chaired by the hugely entertaining Willie Young, and consisted of some of the countries‚Äô most sought after after-dinner speakers.
Our thanks go out to West Sound for making this selection of photographs of the band available to us.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Pipe Band have now returned to full practice in preparation for the 2017 season after a short break. Not only has the band added a fantastic Leading Drummer to the line up but also we have made additions to the Pipe Corps as well as the Drum Corps.
The SFRS Pipe Band are delighted to announce that we have secured the piping talent of:
All of the Officers and band members of The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service wish all our new players every success for 2017 and beyond
The band anticipate adding more talent to the line up and this will be announced in due course.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Pipe Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Ferguson as the new Leading Drummer of the SFRS Pipe Band. Craig brings with him a wealth of drumming knowledge and an impressive playing CV.
Craig started his playing career with the 42nd Highlanders in Staffordshire at the age of 9 where he progressed to the role of Drum Sergeant and played in the band for 23 years until 2003 when he moved to Scotland. Craig has played with a variety of bands throughout his career with Coalburn IOR, City of Glasgow, Linlithgow, Lanark and District being some of the bands Craig has played in. It was with Lanark and District where Craig established himself as a first class Drum Sergeant.
Craig then moved into the Grade 1 arena with Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band before taking over the reigns at Dumbarton and District Grade 2 Pipe Band where Craig proved a more than capable Drum Sergeant by placing twice in the top six at Major championships. Craig latterly played for Torphicen and Bathgate Pipe Band before deciding to take up the challenge of leading the SFRS Drum Corps in the 2017 season and beyond.
All of the Officers and band members of The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service wish Craig every success.
The band would like to extend their congratulations our band member, piper Scott MacRae for his success at the recent Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial Piping Championship at Inchdrewer House, Redford Barracks on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Scott won the C-Grade Piobaireachd contest and placed 5th in the MSR contest.
Members of the band have just returned from a fabulous week in Gijon, Asturias, Spain where they performed at numerous events during a local music festival.
Whilst in Gijon, the band were shown round the facilities of the local Fire Service, where Pipe Major Alistair McLaughlan played a lament to fallen Fire Fighters at their memorial before gifts were exchanged.
The band would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the Gijon Fire Service and our festival hosts¬†banda de gaitas villa de xixion.
A few photos of our trip are included below.
Earlier this week the draw for the World Pipe Band Championships was made.
The Grade 2 Band was drawn to play 6th of 13 bands in the Grade 2 Qualification heat 1 at 12:30. There are 2 qualification heats of 13 and 12 bands, with the top 6 bands from each heat contesting the Final, which starts at 16:00. The band will play a MSR in the qualifier, and (all going well) will be hoping to play the Medley in the Final.
The Novice Juvenile Band was drawn to play 17th of 20 bands in the Novice Juvenile B Grade Final at 10:52. There is no qualification contest for the Novice Juvenile B Grade. We wish the members of our young band the best of luck for their first ever World Championships.
The World Pipe Band Championships take place on the 12th and 13th of August at Glasgow Green, with the Grade 1 Qualifiers being the only event taking place on the 12th. A total of 234 bands will be competing over the weekend. For more information and for tickets for the event please visit http://www.theworlds.co.uk ¬†As always, both bands do appreciate everyone who comes along to support us at what is definitely the highlight of our annual calendar.
The full draw for the World Pipe Band Championships can be seen at http://www.rspba.org/html/contestdraw.php?id=38
Yesterday the draw was made for the Scottish Pipe Band Championships.
The Championships will be held in Levengrove Park, Dumbarton on Saturday 30th July. And being a local contest, the band always appreciates the large support that they receive.
The band has been drawn to play 11th (of 20) in the Grade 2 contest at 16:00. The band will be playing their Medley Selection in the contest. Our Novice Band has been drawn to play 1st (of 11) in the Novice B Grade at 10:00.
The full draw can be seen at http://www.rspba.org/html/contestdraw.php?id=3