Golden year for band


The band’s first police recruit graduation on January 19, 1968.
Sgt Ian Stewart, James Murray, Dylan Flecker, Neil Walker, Iain Hamilton, David Johnston, Gary Potter and Stuart Robertson.  Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d448849
Golden year for band
The band’s first police recruit graduation on January 19, 1968. Sgt Ian Stewart, James Murray, Dylan Flecker, Neil Walker, Iain Hamilton, David Johnston, Gary Potter and Stuart Robertson. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d448849

Marking the 50th anniversary of the formation of the band, 2016 will have the members heading to Melbourne in February for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, hold a ceilidh (Scottish social event) in April, compete in the national championships in October (where the band hopes to retain its current Grade 1 national title) and hold its 50th anniversary concert in November.

Officer-in-charge Sergeant Ian Stewart said the band had performed at 240 events in the past 12 months to almost 1.5 million people, but 2016 could be bigger.

“We have a number of extra special events planned throughout the year to help celebrate this great milestone in the band’s history,” he said.

“We also hope to record our 12th album and produce a 50th anniversary DVD as well, so it is going to be a very busy year for the band.”

The band was formed in July 1966 and now consists of two police officers, 13 civilian staff and volunteer guest players from the local music scene from a variety of backgrounds.

The band is the national Grade 1 champion and won the national titles in 2012 and 2014, as well as being the state champions.

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