Only slightly delayed due to the Covid pandemic, the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band is celebrating 100 long years of music and entertainment. Officially launched in 1920 by the Winnipeg Police Department to boost moral within the community, the band was an immediate hit. Members were required to be active police officers up until the late 1990’s when civilians started filling the ranks. Today there are still police officers in the band, but many of the members are civilians and the band has grown in leaps and bounds to over 75 strong.
As the Band has grown so has our ability to represent the Service, City and Province internationally. The highlights include:
The only band to play at every Grey Cup City (Since 1961)
Queen Elizabeth Royal Visit (1984)
Princess Anne – PanAm Games (1999)
Prince Charles – Order of Manitoba (2014)
Cleveland International Tattoo (2009)
Las Vegas International Tattoo (2011)
Virginia Military Tattoo – Norfolk Virginia (2012)
Pacific Tattoo – Victoria BC (2013)
Okanagan Military Tattoo – Vernon BC (2015)
Festival Interceltique – Lorient France (2016)
Belfast Ireland International Tattoo (2017)
The musicianship and dedication of our members has made the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band a diverse and engaging group. The band currently has beginner players all the way to three World Champions amongst our ranks. The diversity of our performers has led to the band expanding its focus to a Grade 2 Competition Band that has successfully competed at Highland Games all over North America.
Please come out to watch our band play at upcoming events throughout Manitoba and wherever the music will lead us.
To the next 100 years!