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Fife Constabulary Pipe Band

fife constabulary pipe band

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The tuning and maintenance required of Premier HTS 800 and Professional Series is minimal and the drums are very easy to set-up. I would have no hesitation in recommending Premier products to all pipe band drummers and drum corps.

Information

The band was established in September 2007 under the leadership of Pipe Major James Murray and now includes almost 40 members. Performing regularly throughout Scotland at highland games and competitions, community and police events, the band proudly wears the specifically designed Fife Constabulary, Carnegie of Fife tartan.

Competing in Grade 1 for the first time in 2008, Fife Constabulary won the Grade 1 competitions at Dunbar and Markinch and qualified for the finals of the World Championships, finishing 12th.  In 2009 they followed this up by repeating their wins and finished with a creditable 9th place at the World Championships. During 2009, in an effort to promote and develop piping and drumming in the Fife area, the band started a juvenile band based at Kirkcaldy High School; to date attracting 24 young pipers and drummers in membership. The Kirkcaldy High School pipe band will be competing in the Novice Juvenile Arena during the coming 2010 season, with their first appearance at the Scottish Championships.

Mick O’Neill 

The Fife Constabulary Pipe Band drum corps is lead by Mick O'Neill who joined at the end of the 2008 season. Mick was born in Leicester, England and started drumming at the age of ten with his local pipe band. In 1985 he joined the Scots Guards where he was posted to the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. He took over as leading drummer of the Battalion after two years and competed with the band for 5 years in Grade 1. Mick left the Army in 1993 and joined Drambuie Kirkliston pipe band.

In 1999 Mick became the leading drummer of Newtongrange pipe band. In his first season as Lead Tip the drum corps was crowned Champion of Champions in Grade 3 and the band were promoted to Grade 2 for the following season. Mick played with Newtongrange until 2002 when he was asked to join the newly formed Clan Gregor Society where he played until September 2008.  During that time he led the drum corps to two successive Champion of Champions awards in Grade 2 in 2002 and 2003, the second being a Grand Slam of all five major championship drumming prizes.

Mick is also the full-time drumming instructor at George Watson's College. The drum corps at the school have won the Champion of Champions trophy in the Novice and Juvenile grades every year since 2002 under his tutelage, won the World Drum Corps prize on several occasions and are the current World Pipe Band Champions in both Novice and Juvenile grades.

Mick has been a world solo drumming finalist once and a semi finalist on several occasions. In 2002 he won the Lothian and Borders branch solos and was runner up in the army solo drumming twice. He holds the RSPBA Advanced and Instructors certificates and is also a qualified RSPBA adjudicator.

Equipment

Sides:

  • 0800SPX-C (x12)
    14" x 12" HTS 800

Tenor and Bass:

  • 396412SPX
    14" x 12" Professional Series Tenor Drum
  • 396512SPX
    15" x 12" Professional Series Tenor Drum
  • 396614SPX (x2)
    16" x 14" Professional Series Tenor Drum
  • 396814SPX
    18" x 14" Professional Series Tenor Drum
  • 397014SPX
    20" x 14" Professional Series Tenor Drum
  • 398818SPX
    28" x 18" Professional Series Bass Drum

Finish:

  • Ruby Sparkle Burst Lacquer (RXBB) with Diamond Chrome hardware


 


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