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75th Anniversary Year in 2022

This year celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the band's first official engagement at the Newcastle Centenary Celebrations in September 1947. This was the beginning of a long and successful period with the band travelling extensively within New South Wales on official engagements as well as performances in Victoria and Queensland.

The band was formed in 1946 by Commissioner William John MacKay and consisted of a group of experienced pipers and drummers who were serving members of the NSW Police.

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 band continues to carry on the tradition as the State Band by attending Government House, NSW Police Attestation Parades, international Military Tattoos and competing in pipe band competitions

At our recent AGM Pipe Major John Iverson and Drum Sergeant Nic Tragoutsis were elected to lead the Pipe and Drum corps.

We are looking forward to a big year of celebrations. We will be performing every evening of the Royal Easter Show providing the music for The Stockman's Ride. 7:30pm every evening from 8-19 April, 2022

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