On December 18, 1992 Walter T. Williams III, a Waterbury police officer, was killed in the line of duty (http://www.odmp.org/officer/434-officer-walter-t-williams-iii). At the time there was no police pipe band in Connecticut. Our brothers in the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums responded and escorted Officer Williams to his final resting place. Days later a group of dedicated officers vowed to never again follow as one of their own was laid to rest… they would lead from the front and the Police Pipes and Drums of Waterbury was born.
Throughout the years the Police Pipes and Drums of Waterbury has remained steadfast in our commitment to the law enforcement community. We have participated in countless law enforcement benefits, fundraisers, promotions, retirements, graduations, memorial services and funerals. The band has been an annual participant at National Police Week in Washington, DC which attracts thousands of law enforcement officers from all over the world. In fact, our reputation there has earned us the distinct privilege of being “host band” two times, an honor not afforded to any other pipe band that we are aware of.
We have had many unique and diverse performance opportunities which have included well known celebrities and dignitaries, parades, charitable events, weddings, birthday parties and the West Point Military Tattoo. In addition, we have multiple first place, “best pipe band” and “best musical unit” awards among many other recognitions from our participation in juried events.
Our tartan is the Scottish National Modern. We wear a “full dress” uniform for formal or special events and a less formal uniform, with variations, for other events.
Our membership is open to anyone, including civilians, willing to make the same commitment as our current and former members. Please join us at our next event or practice and see for yourself the diversity and camaraderie that makes us so popular!
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.