005: James Wark

James Wark Interview

Episode 5 – James Wark welcomed the Pipers’ Persuasion team to his home in Glasgow for our fifth episode. James started his piping with Kinning Park Pipe Band in Glasgow, before joining Strathclyde Police Pipe Band where he served as one of Ian McLellan BEM‘s Pipe Sergeants and laterally as Pipe Major. Upon his retirement from police service, James was appointed to the RSPBA Adjudication Panel.

1. Introduction & Early Days


2. Introduction to Piping


3. First Band


4. Broader Musical Appreciation


5. Favourite Tunes

6. Police Service

7. Police Band ’70s

8. Police Band Prizes

9. McLellan’s Work

10. Set-up of Pipes

11. McLellan Work Ethic

12. Pipe Bags. Sound.

13. Travelling with Pipes

14. Moscow & such

15. Band Team Spirit

16. Pipe Major James Wark; Managing Bands

17. Expression of Tunes


19. Judging

20. Old/New Bagpipes