David Wilton has been appointed the new Pipe Major of Grade 1 Scottish band, Police Scotland Fife.

Wilton replaces Dougie Murray who stepped down a few weeks ago.

Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band released the following statement today: “Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band is delighted to announce the appointment of Pipe Major David Wilton. A graduate from the RSAMD and former instructor at the National Piping Centre, David currently teaches full-time as Pipe Major at the High School of Dundee. He also runs a Highland Dance Clinic company alongside his wife Clare – also an accomplished piper.

Wilton said: “The prospect of leading Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band is exciting and I am very much looking forward to working with Mick [O’Neill, leading drummer], who I have known for many years and have the utmost respect for, to help the band achieve their goals. I am humbled that the band leadership has put their faith in me to carry on the fantastic work that Dougie [Murray] and others have put into the band from its inception, working with extremely talented and driven members.

“It is clear that the vision of the band as a whole completely aligns with my own and with many members actively teaching in the area, the band has a healthy supply of young talented players that will help feed the band for many years to come.”

Most of Wilton’s competitive years have been with ScottishPower, having also played with Mick O’Neill and his drum corps at The Clan Gregor Society from a young age. David has competed with a number of successful bands including Drambuie Kirkliston under Ian Duncan and 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel before going on to lead Lomond and Clyde as Pipe Major taking it from Grade 2 to Grade 1 in two years. David also led Mackenzie Caledonian Pipe Band.