Practical Pipers Society
Tayforth Universities Officer Training Corps
I have come across this photograph and suspect that it is the "Tayforth" on parade.
Very quickly we recognise Pipe Major Ian Duncan, and next to him Pipe Corporal "Gus" Clark.
Tell me more and identify them.
The above request has been answered by Roddy Munro:
I was having a look at your site and noticed you have a wee page on Tayforth UOTC (my "other" band).
Can't help you out with the picture, Ian and Gus are the only ones I recognise too. I suspect that this
may be a Tayforth job with an Aberdeen OTC body or two helping out. Hard to tell from the quality of
the photo, but the piper behind Ian looks to have black buttons on his spats and a brass cantle on
his sporran, which would confirm this.
The Pipes and Drums are an important part of the unit, representing Tayforth by playing at various events.
These include social functions like the Tayforth Annual Ball and the Cocktail Party, a parade which usually
takes place in Dundee City Square. There are also three competitions, the Army Championships, TA
Championships, and Ex Northern Lights. Our pipes and drums also regularly perform at the Edinburgh
Although the Pipes and Drums are based at B Sqn, they encompass members from the whole contingent,
A Sqn, B Sqn and C coy. Band practice takes place on Tuesday nights at Park Wynd in Dundee, and also
on the occasional weekend throughout the academic year. The band is led by Pipe Major Brian Elrick,
formerly Pipe Major of Stonehaven Pipe Band, Aberdeen UOTC Drums and Pipes, and 51st Highland Division
Pipes and Drums. Pipe Major Elrick is a former winner of the Macallan trophy at the Lorient Festival, and has
also been a member of the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band and Polkemmet Pipe Band. He is currently in charge of
the piping programme at Glenalmond College, and plays in Grade 1 with the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band.