BLOW BY BLOW WITH THE STRATHCLYDE POLICE BAND

The Drum Major of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band discusses the flourish of the mace. (clip)

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Leisure and recreation
  • Music

Genres:

  • Documentary

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: BLOW BY BLOW WITH THE STRATHCLYDE POLICE BAND

Reference number: 4296

Date: 1976

Production company: Viz Ltd.

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 27.10 mins

Description: Documentary about the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band running up to their win at the World Pipe Band Championships in 1976. Rehearsals, social banter and the seriousness with which the band takes their performance are all considered.

Credits: camera Mick Campbell, David Peat
assistants Jan Pester, Michael Coulter
sd. Ian Leslie, Cyril McConnell
production assistant Paddy Higson
ed. John Gow
with special thanks to the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band

Shotlist: credits (0.27) gvs International Police Tattoo, Kelvin Hall (0.50) gvs policemen at work around Glasgow (1.22) pipe band marching and rehearsing in park (5.02) shot of man preparing his appearance, dressing in full tartan, polishing his buttons and belt etc, starching whites (5.43) shot of man leaving his house in full regalia (5.48) gvs men on bus going to competition, relaxing and quietly practising (7.36) gvs catering preparations, with, for example, crates of beer arriving, baking and preparation of tents (9.00) trophies on display (9.31) general shot over the car park with bands arriving (10.22) pep talk about the seriousness of the event and importance of appearance as well as musical ability (11.12) more gvs of band on bus (13.16) shot of drum major in action (14.27) final touches are made (15.44) the band perform, judges are seen marking on different aspects such as tuning, co-ordination as a team, phrasing, drumming (19.27) ints. catering tent, now littered and empty; crowd shots (20.21) shots on the bus home, men are weary (22.02) shots of the International Police Tattoo in the Kelvin Hall, a motorbike display (22.42) announcement of Strathclyde as winners (23.18) shot of band performing in Kelvin Hall (23.48) gvs excited celebrations, as Strathclyde are proclaimed winners of the World Championships (25.55) final performance and march in (26.28) ecs (27.10)