NPC online shop re-opens / Alisdair McLaren at WAPOL


After closing its premises almost four weeks ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Piping Centre today re-opened its online shop.

Orders will be fulfilled twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. The shop is fully stocked. Orders can only be placed online, and the in person shops remain closed.

The website can be found at:

WAPOL at the Worlds.

Alisdair McLaren has been appointed Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Western Australia Police Pipe Band. Alistair, who returned to his native home last month after a decade as Director of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, replaces James Murray who stepped down last September from the Perth-based outfit.

A spokesman said: “We are pleased to announce that Alisdair McLaren has been appointed as the new Pipe Major of the Western Australia Police Pipe Band. Alisdair brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, and we are excited to see what the future holds for the band under his leadership.”

Alisdair, pictured, said: “As a young piper growing up in Perth, Australia, WAPOL played a key role in my development setting the strong foundations that helped me achieve the many amazing things that I was able to do in Scotland. To now have the opportunity to lead such an important and iconic band is a great responsibility and privilege.

“I am extremely excited to be back home and looking forward to working with the team and being a part of the next chapter for the band”.

WAPOL Pipe Band was founded in 1966. It won the Grade 2 title at the World Pipe Band Championships in 1998, and was promoted to Grade 1 at the end of that season.

The photo, above, shows WAPOL entering Glasgow Green at the Worlds 20 years ago. Alisdair can be seen in the Pipe Sergeant’s position.