Ewan Henderson has been appointed as Pipe Major of Glasgow Police Pipe Band (GPOL). Henderson, who stepped down last week as Pipe Major of Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, succeeds Duncan Nicholson who stepped in as interim Pipe Major in February on the departure of Alisdair MacLaren.
A spokesman for GPOL said: “Ewan is a senior Police Officer with Police Scotland and has had two spells as a piper with the band, 1996-2010 and 2013-2015. He is an experienced and successful Pipe Major, leading Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band to established Grade 1 status after winning the Grade 2 World and European titles in 2017.”
Sources say Henderson has brought with him some of the Glasgow Skye pipe corps.
Nicholson, who is a police constable, remains with the band and, in fact, has been appointed Pipe Sergeant. He was himself Pipe Major of the band for a few years before stepping aside for Iain MacPherson. MacPherson left the band after the 2019 season.
Henderson, a native of Yorkshire in England, said: “I am deeply proud to become Pipe Major of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band and really excited about the future of the band with the support of the Chief Constable and the Police Federation. I’ll work really hard to ensure a bright and successful future”.
Leading Drummer David Henderson said, “I am delighted with the appointment of Ewan as Pipe Major and look forward to working with him to ensure a bright future for the band. Sincere thanks to Duncan Nicholson for stepping in earlier in the year to ensure a way forward and I am delighted he will be continuing as Pipe Sergeant. With a strong, long term leadership team now in place, I am confident that we can build on this and I am excited to see what we can achieve together”.
Formed in the Govan area of Glasgow in 1883, GPOL is one of the oldest civilian pipe bands.