WAPOL Looking for New Pipe Major

Western Australia Police Force are currently advertising for the position of Pipe Major of their pipe band. The position is permanent and full time and has an annual salary of circa. £46,000 per annum. The force state: ‘Applicants are required to submit a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV). Your CV should provide enough detail (dot points are sufficient) to allow the selection panel to assess your skills, experience and qualifications. ‘Your…

Editor’s Notebook: John Burgess Gold Medal/ Recordings Mystery Solved/ Jimmy McIntosh Memorial/ Reminders

Referencing my earlier post about young lowlander Norman Graham being denied a place at the Northern Meeting in 1970, it occurred that special dispensation must have been given to John Burgess two decades earlier. We all know that John was the youngest ever winner of the Gold Medal when he was awarded the coveted prize in 1950 playing Castle Menzies. Twenty years later young Norman, also 16, was denied the…

Can you Help Identify this Piobaireachd Player?

Breton piper Youn Pensec has written from France: ‘I want your help for my search about an old  piper. I have numbered old recordings on wide band tape made about 1960 by a lover of piobaireachd in my bagad (Auray). ‘The recordings were given to me by a friend with no name of the piper or the tunes. I have recognised Pass of Crieff, Patrig Og, Viscount of Dundee, Battle…

Editor’s Notebook: Feedback from Judges/ Pipe Band Championships/ Metro Amateurs/ Angus Recital/ U&B and Oban Festival Dates

The points raised in our discussion on accountability of judges are important. All pipers deserve to know why, after all their hard work, they did or did not make a prize list. Senior adjudicators should be prepared to write crit sheets, even if they are reticent about writing articles. Not everyone has the required literary skill. There is also this letter from New Zealander Graeme Glass: ‘I had such a…

UK and British Championships Confirmed and RSPBA Calendar for 2024 Season Published

The Association has confirmed the UK Championships in Bangor, Northern Ireland in May and the British Championships in June in Forres. The UK Pipe Band Championship will be on the 18th May and the British in Grant Park, Forres, on June 8th. Both are significant events in the world of pipe bands. The UKs attract bands from across Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain, and sometimes even further afield. RSPBA Chairman,…