Seattle Police Pipes & Drums

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Seattle Police Pipes & Drums honors the memory of those in law enforcement who have given their lives upholding the law. The Seattle Police Pipes & Drums was established in January of 2011 following the line-of-duty death of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton, who was killed on October 31, 2009. The renowned Seattle Firefighters Pipes & Drums performed during Officer Brenton’s funeral with tremendous class and honor. From the tragic loss of Officer Brenton came the inspiration to establish a police pipe band, allowing the Seattle Police officers to honor police officers the same way the firefighters have graciously done for so many years. The call for band members went out and the response was overwhelming - over seventy Seattle police officers answered that call and joined the band. Today, the band has more than 35 active members.

The Foundation's grant funding, fundraising assistance, and fiscal management have provided the band with the opportunity to accomplish the following:

  • Purchase of more than $45,000 in band uniforms
  • Travel to Alaska for the memorial services of two Alaska State Troopers in 2014
  • Travel to Washington DC in 2013 for National Police Week to honor the 59 SPD officers killed in the line of duty
  • Travel to Ireland in 2014 for a tour of the country, a trip that included Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

  • Host an Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction
  • Hire and retain quality music instructors to train the band members
  • The band has been featured in the Seattle Times, KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO &, Q-13, the Ron and Don show, KHQ TV Spokane, Galway Ireland local radio station and an Irish Radio Station in Boston
  • Participate in the last four Seattle Mariners Irish nights, the last one in 2015 featuring Chief Kathleen O’Toole throwing out the first pitch
  • Production of the Battle of the Bands video in 2015 featuring Chief O’Toole
  • Perform at three line-of duty deaths in 2015, including Sgt. Greg Moore from Coeur D’Alene, Washington State Trooper Brent Hanger, and Chehalis Police Officer Rick Silva
  • Travel to Boston in 2015 for a joint performance with Boston Police Gaelic Column for the 14th Annual Memorial 9/11 service. Performed at Boston City Hall for a social featuring both bands. Chief Kathleen O’Toole traveled with the band on this trip
  • Participate in local fundraising events: Cops with Cancer benefiting Black Diamond Commander Goral, Motorcycle Drill Team Talent Show, Friends of St. Patrick Dinner and the Seattle Police Awards Banquet

  • Participate in community events, including the Spokane Lilac Festival parade, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Pride Parade, and Torchlight Parade
  • Perform for the President of Ireland’s visit to Seattle in October 2015
  • Participate in two Seattle Police Department promotional ceremonies
  • Participate in the FBI National Training Academy conference featuring VIP’s from around the country