WA Police Pipe Band celebrates 50 years with DVD/CD release

The WA Police Pipe Band.
The WA Police Pipe Band.

THE Western Australia Police Pipe Band is marking the end of its 50th anniversary celebrations with its first ever DVD and CD compilation set.

Recorded live at their ‘One Night Only’ Jubilee concert in December last year, the DVD is the first of their long and proud history.

“The DVD/CD is not only a wonderful showcase of our diverse and accomplished musical talents, but also represents a significant milestone at the conclusion of our 50th year,” Officer in Charge, Sergeant Ian Stewart said.

“We are proud that the band has produced and continues to nurture a succession of world champion musicians, and the band itself is currently the Australian Grade 1 State and National Champion.

“This DVD/CD gives the community the opportunity to experience the rich and varied history and tradition of our music, and marks the beginning of many more musical years to come.”

Formed on May 12 1966, the band has seen more than 150 pipers and drummers perform.

Wearing blue Napier tartan, they average around 240 engagements a year, and perform at ceremonies such as police graduations and funerals, through to community engagement festivals such as street parades, schools, and aged care facilities.

The band has represented WA Police twice at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and also travelled to Russia, Hong Kong and the United States.

They have produced 11 albums since their first release in 1975, titled Pipes of the Golden West.

The DVD/CD set retails at $20 and is available, along with the entirety of the Band’s albums, via the band’s website at www.wapol.com.au.

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