001: Ian McLellan BEM

Ian McLellan BEM Interview

Episode 1 – The premier installment in our series of Pipers’ Persuasion interviews features Ian MacLellan BEM, former Pipe Major of the world championship winning City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band and Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and a respected pipe band and solo piping adjudicator. Allan joined Ian in his Bearsden home on the outskirts of Glasgow, where Ian candidly recalled his upbringing as a child during the Clydebank blitz of the Second World War and his development as a piper through to his leadership of one of the world’s most famous and successful pipe bands of all time.

1. Introduction & Early Life

2. 214 Boys’ Brigade & Standards

3. Various Pipes and the Renfrew Pipe Band

4. National Service with the Argylls

5. Renfrew Pipe Band under Tommy Anderson

6. City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band

7. Medley

8. Pipe Chanters – Graingers, Hardie & Warnock

9. Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Sinclair Chanters & McAllister Reeds

10. Drone Reeds

11. Progression of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band

12. Individual Pipers in the Band

13. The Band Unit

14. Support of the Chief Constable & Strathclyde Region, The Drum Corps

15. Winning the World Championships – The first win with Ian as Pipe Major

16. Other World Championships, Preparations, Size of Band

17. Meetings with the Chief Constable about Band Members

18. Band Stories & Compositions

19. Solo Piping

20. Tempos & Timing

21. Strathspey & Reel

22. Judging Bands & Solos

23. British Empire Medal, Final Remarks

Tags: Alex Ibell, Alex McIvor, Joe King, Joe Noble, George Seymore, Alistair Ross, Alex Connell, John Finlay, Robert Hardie, Robert Wallace, Stirling McMurchie, Billy Francie, Willie Gray, Tommy Anderson, Tommy Shearer, Donald Murray, Jimmy Healy, Andrew Pitkeithly, Angus MacDonald, Jimmy Dow, Dougie Ferguson, Andrew Wright, John K MacAllister, Andrew Warnock, Ronald Lawrie, Tom McAllister Jnr, Colin Turner, Joe Warnock, Chief Constable Sir Patrick Hamill QPM, Deputy Chief Constable Alex Morrison, Angus J MacLellan, Councillor Jimmy Burns, Councillor James Jennings, Councillor David Sanderson, Willie Paterson, Chief Constable David McNee QPM, John MacDonald, Chief Constable Sir Andrew Sloan QPM, John Wilson, James Wark, Jim McLean, Graeme Richardson, Angus Lawrie, Jackie Smith, Gordon Walker, May McLellan & Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Pearson DSO MC.