New Zealand Police Pipe Band

Formed in 1936 as the Wellington Police Highland Pipe Band, and renamed in 1994, the New Zealand Police Pipe band celebrates its 80th year of service this year.

From its original formation by a group of dedicated police officers at the Wellington South Police Station this Band is now one of the leading bands from the Southern hemisphere, a multiple national champion band of New Zealand that has competed at World Championship level since 1995. The Band membership stands at 45 playing members being a mix of sworn police officers, non-sworn and retired officers and civilian members.

The Band has travelled internationally since 1980 performing at police and public events throughout the world. It has also competed in grade one championships across Australasia, Asia, North America and the United Kingdom. It has performed at concerts and military tattoos globally and has joined with other Police bands around the world for command performances for royalty and world leaders.

In 2015, the Band commissioned the McLeod Centenary tartan as a mark of respect and to honour New Zealand Police officers killed in the line of duty. The Band is under the musical leadership of Pipe Major Emmett Conway (from Northern Ireland), Drum Sergeant Angus Crowe and the governance of retired Police Inspector Dale Stephens.