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Celebrating 70 Years Service 2016-2017


The NSW Police Pipe Band is excited to announce preparations Celebrating 70 Years of service to the NSW Police Force and the people of NSW.  Over the next 18months we will be celebrating the achievements of the band and tremendous service of members past and present.  We hope to hold some special events throughout the year along with our regular commitments.  Please refer to our [EVENTS PAGE] to follow our forthcoming engagements.

 The NSW Police Pipe Band was formed in 1946 by Commissioner William John MacKay and consisted of serving members of the NSW who were experienced Police pipers and drummers, many of which were performing with civilian club bands. To honour their founder and patron, the band adopted the Ancient MacKay Clan tartan and crest.

The Clan motto "Manu Forti" translates to "with a strong hand."


The first official engagement of the band was the Newcastle Centenary Celebrations in September 1947 which started a long and successful period for the band travelling extensively within New South Wales on official engagements as well as performances in Victoria and Queensland. An invitation to all Australian police pipe bands in 1975 saw the band tour the United Kingdom during which the band performed at the Royal Tournament, Earls Court; the Colchester Searchlight Tattoo and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The experience was no doubt a highlight in the band's proud history.



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