The Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County were formed in April, 1992 by current Drum Major Michael Conway, and Retired Detective George Kellinger. The band was founded in the memory of their friend Doug Connell, a drummer and founding member of the NYPD’s Emerald Society Pipe Band.

The band is comprised of members of law enforcement throughout Bergen County. The band also encompasses members of law enforcement from county, state and federal agencies from not only New Jersey but New York as well. The band serves at all official police functions including: Line of Duty Funerals, Parades, Academy Graduations, Memorial Services, and Various Civic Functions. We also aim topromote and further the culture of Irish-Americans in the uniforms we wear and the values we instill.

            Our Tartan is a solid Police Blue kilt with a French blue stripe, which is the traditional color of the majority of police uniforms throughout New Jersey.  While on parade, band members wear traditional military bagpipe attire.

            Over the years the band has had the honor of being chosen ‘the best band on parade’ for many of the parades we march in. The band has had the privilege to lead “The Fighting 69th” up 5th Avenue for the past four years to start the NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade. In 2003, the band was crowned as the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade 5 champions.

            We have preformed all throughout the Tri-State area as well as in Florida, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C.  The band has performed at the United States Military Academy Tattoo, and the Rose of Tralee Festival in Ireland. Each May the band is invited by the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society in Cleveland, Ohio to play at their Police Memorial and Concert.  We have the honor to perform at the NYPD Emerald Society’s Pipe & Drums Memorial Concert each September playing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Javitz Center, and Town Hall.

           Our musical repertoire has expanded over the years from simple marching tunes to intricate competition and concert settings for both the pipeline and the drum line. The band has now incorporated many different percussion instruments, keyboards, piano, and violins, as well as electric and acoustic guitars into our musical settings. The band has recorded two CD’s, with the second CD “Reflections in the Mist” being released in 2010.

In 2012, we proudly celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a Tattoo that featured bands from New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, and New Jersey.  Of all the great moments from the tattoo, the greatest honor was having a number of members from the founding band play along side current members. The night concluded with a massed band performance of “Auld Lang Syne” solidifying the bond that has formed between all of the pipe bands during the past 20 years. It was a treasured milestone that will forever remain in our memories.