The NSW Police Band

The NSW Police Band was established in 1895 and is the longest standing concert band in Australia. It is a full-time unit with professional musicians who are employed as Special Constables and is one of the few areas within the NSW Police Force which provides high-profile public relation support and activities to the NSW Police, both State and Federal Governments and the community of NSW. In doing so it assists in forging stronger links between the Police and the people of New South Wales.

The band have performed for many Royal occasions, Papal visits, Presidents of America and China as well as Heads of State and dignitaries from virtually every nation of the world.

The band has now evolved to incorporate 10 different ensembles which are utilsed for varied performances and activities. The largest is a 33 piece Concert Band with our star vocalist Belinda Parsons who recently appeared on the popular Television program "The Voice" who perform at outdoor concerts, major recitals, concerts at schools and nursing homes, and collaborates extensively with charitable organisations.

The Marching Band as the name suggests is utilised in many ceremonial and parade activities. Parades include Police Recruit graduations, State Government protocol events, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. Working in close association with the NSW Mounted Police regularly to perform the famous Police 'Musical Rides', a major attractions such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The band has also performed at numerous 'Ticker Tape' parades for the Australian Cricket, Hockey, Rugby Union and most recently Sydney Swans team, Commonwealth and Olympic athletes.

The Big Band consists of musicians including our vocalist who are a highly entertaining stage band performing with leading Jazz artists such as James Morrison, Demi Hinds....

The Rock Band consists of 9 Musicians including our vocalist who's popularity is on the increase with them being requested at many Police and corporate functions and fund raisers. They play the latest cover songs with music specially arranged in-house to include the added extra sounds of the saxophone, trombone and trumpet.

Our Jazz Combination consist of 3 to 5 musicians is also gaining popularity due to their vast and varied musical talents. They are utilised for many Police and corporate events where a quiet dinner music is required.

The Wind Quintet consist of 5 musicians who are also gaining popularity for quieter occasions who add that extra sophistication by providing classical chamber music to a prestige’s event.

The Brass Quintet consist of 5 musicians who provide Brass to your brass...

Our Low Brass Quartet consist of 4 musicians who provide low brass to your function....

The Mixed Ensemble provide a mixed bag of musical support for your next function.....

Last but not least our Electronic Ensemble (DJ) provides a modern style of recorded music which on occasion is coupled with live instrumentation. It is utilised in High Schools and most recently on a float in the Gay Mardi Gras parade providing musical support with our vocalist and live instruments for the marching Police at the Mardi Gras.

Bookings

The NSW Police Band welcomes enquiries regarding bookings of any of its ensembles.

Contact can be made directly to our Events Coordinator by Phone on (02) 9557 2090, Fax on (02) 9557 2507, email: band@police.nsw.gov.au

Pipe Band

The NSW Police Pipe Band consists of serving and retired members of the NSW Police, as well as musicians from the broader community. Although not part of the NSW Police Force Band, the Pipe Band supports the NSW Police Force at important events such as ANZAC Day and Attestation Parades.

The band was formed in 1946 by Commissioner William John MacKay after an appeal from some experienced police pipers and drummers to establish a Highland pipe band.  To honour their founder and patron, the band adopted the ancient tartan and the crest of Clan MacKay. The clan motto "Manu Forti" translates to "with a strong hand."

The NSW Police Pipe Band has performed at Royal and State events both internationally and locally. As the State Pipe Band of NSW, the Band may at the request of the Governor NSW perform at Government House; and other ceremonial engagements at the request of the Commissioner of Police.

Now in its 72nd year the New South Wales Police Pipe Band returns to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney for the third time.  The band has performed twice in Edinburgh; first in 1975, and again in 2017 and is looking to travel overseas again to represent the NSW Police Force.

The band may be available to perform at community or private events in several formats including entire band in full Highland dress or modified police uniform [shirts & kilts],  mini band [3-4 pipers and 1-3 drummers], or single piper for events including weddings or funeral.

Find out more, visit the NSW Police Pipe Band Website, Facebook page or view their Instagram page.