The WA Police Pipe Band scored a quartet of awards at the most recent Australian National Pipe Band Championships in Sydney in October, winning the following trophies:
Australian Pipe Band Champions
Australian Drumming Champions
Best Street March
Best Dressed Band
This is the band’s third consecutive win in Grade 1. Band Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Ian Stewart said he was ecstatic with the win. “We literally blew everyone away with the quality of our competition pieces and I’m extremely proud of the effort the whole band put in,” he said. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication to write, develop, arrange and then learn all the intricacies of Grade 1 competition. I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of all guest players and band members, especially Pipe Major James Murray, Pipe Sergeant Scott Wallace and Leading Drummer Gareth McLees for helping to bring the music together. I’d also like to thank WA Police for its great support and the Pipe Band Supporters’ Association who financed all of our travel and accommodation costs.”
You can see the band’s medley performance from the competition here.
Don’t forget, this year marks a special occasion for the WA Police Pipe Band, celebrating 50 years of creating beautiful music and engaging with local, interstate and international communities. To celebrate this occasion, the WA Police Pipe Band will be presenting a ‘One Night Only’ Jubilee Concert to be held at Winthrop Hall, University of WA, on Friday 2 December 2016. You can buy your tickets here.
In addition to assisting frontline services at police stations and other specialist areas two days a week, our pipe band also attends, on average, 240 policing and community engagements each year and is a mixture of police officers and civilian staff.