Tasmania Police Pipe Band

Background

The Band was raised in 1969 and wears the Fletcher of Dunans tartan in honour of the Police Commissioner at that time, Mr Phil Fletcher. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009 with a Grand Gaelic Ball attended by more than 300 people.

Membership of the Band is voluntary and currently includes three serving police officers (including Drum Major Constable Dean Walker) and one Special Constable. The majority of the membership is drawn from the community and includes teachers, students, corporate executives and retired members of the community.

The Band has performed at many Tattoos and competitions both in Australia and overseas, including four visits to the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Hong Kong Beating Retreat ceremony in 1996, the Rotorua Searchlight Tattoo in 2008, the Sydney Edinburgh Tattoo in early 2010, and most recently the Basel International Tattoo in Switzerland in July 2011.  As a result of its performance at the Basel Tattoo, the Band has been invited to perform at several other international Tattoos, and members will continue their own fundraising efforts in order to achieve these goals in the coming years.

Local functions include Tasmania Police Academy Graduations, ANZAC Day, Christmas Parades, Government House Open Days, community tours of the State, and performances on visiting cruise ships.

The Band welcomes any people wishing to learn piping and drumming. Minimum joining age is 14 years and some previous musical experience is an advantage.  Supported by the Department of Police and Emergency Management, the Band does not impose membership fees or require tuition fees from members.

The Band is available for hire for private events, depending on availability around official engagements. The Band also provides a link to members of the community seeking single pipers or a mini band for weddings and ceremonial occasions where pipe music or a band may be suitable.

The members are all very friendly and approachable, so if you have any questions or would like a photo, please feel free to ask.


Contact Details

  • Band Administrator: Mr Wayne Moore
  • Pipe Major:            Mr James McAlpine
  • Drum Major:           Constable Dean Walker
  • Email:                    pipeband@police.tas.gov.au
  • Facebook:              www.facebook.com/TasmaniaPolicePipeBand
  • Postal Address:       Tasmania Police Pipe Band
                                GPO Box 308
                                HOBART TAS 7001