Planning for the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums began in March of 2000. After some initial delays, practice chanters were ordered on February 16, 2001. Band Members initially received instruction through former Scots Guardsman Andy Simpson, and later from Kirk Rose, a former Pipe Major for the U.S. Coast Guard Pipes and Drums. While the first group of chanter students progressed, the band’s first sets of McCallum bagpipes were ordered on September 7, 2001. We had no idea at that time that our bagpipe delivery from Scotland would be delayed by the terrorists’ destruction of the Customs Offices in the World Trade Center just four days later. In Late October, 2001 our bagpipes arrived. Practice continued in preparation for the band’s debut.On January 22, 2001 kilts and other uniform items were ordered for the band. The band proudly wears the MacNeil of Barra tartan.
The Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums provides traditional bagpipe music, representing the City of Wilmington Police Department and performs at events sanctioned by the Chief of Police or his designee. The band’s normal duties are as follows:
· To assist the Police Department by performing at appropriate ceremonial functions.
· To assist the Police Department by performing at officer/employee involved funeral and memorial events.
· To promote the Police Department at Community Events and other events as approved by the Chief of Police.
The band consists of bagpipers, snare drummers, bass drummers, tenor drummers and drum majors. The Band is operated by the following Band Officers:
Band Manager - Primary authority of the band. Appointed by the Chief of Police to serve at his pleasure. Organizes, assigns positions within the band, selects band officers and is responsible for band operations. Supervises education and training of band members.
Pipe Major – Serves as the Musical director of the band. The Pipe Major is selected by the Band Manager. The Pipe Major teaches piping and coordinates drumming for the ensemble. The Pipe Major tunes and sets up the band for practices and performances.
Pipe Sergeant - Assists the Pipe Major. Assumes the responsibilities of the Pipe Major in his absence or at the request of the Pipe Major.
Drum Sergeant - Responsible for operations of the drum section. Supervises education and training of drumming students.
Drum Major - Responsible for band movements during performances and is the on-site point of contact for all performances.
Quartermaster - Responsible for maintaining all band uniforms, equipment and supplies that have not been distributed to band
members. Maintains records for the accountability of band equipment, apparatus, and supplies assigned to members. Conducts periodic inventories of all band physical assets. Assists with the correct dress, handling, and proper care of all issued items.
Other Officers - Appointed by the Band Manager as growth and needs of the band progresses. Generally, titles will continue as Pipe Corporal or Drum Corporal.
The band’s first performance was The Lower Cape Fear Peace Officer’s Memorial Celebration on May 13, 2002. Our band performed at multiple September 11 Commemorative Ceremonies in 2002, a tradition that has continued each year since. The band was honored to be able to participate in the 10 Anniversary 9/11 Ceremonies in New York City. The band thanks the donors who contributed generously to help defray the cost for the band to travel to New York City for the 10 Anniversary 9/11 Ceremonies.
Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums