Police Band resumes rehearsal schedule, new members welcome

The Minneapolis Police Band has wrapped up its summer performance schedule and resumed its weekly rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Ave. S. 

The Minneapolis Police Band — the official band of the City of Minneapolis — plays a variety of music, from show tunes, marches and big band to classical. The band is comprised of active and retired police officers, teachers, nurses, doctors, project managers, computer technicians, bus drivers and other folks who enjoy the friendly camaraderie of making music together. The band always welcomes new members, and civilians are welcome. There are no auditions and band members are patient with folks with rusty skills.

Formed in 1917, the band was initially composed of police officers only. In 1919, civilian members were allowed to join the ranks, and in 1969 the first women were admitted. The band's first parade was in the Armistice Day Parade November, 1918.  In 2007 the Minneapolis Police Band was inducted into the Minnesota State Music Hall of Fame. The marching band has been the official escort band for the Minneapolis Aquatennial Parade since the parade began in 1940.

To join the Minneapolis Police Band, you must be at least 18 years old, have some musical ability and may be required to pass a background check. For more information about the band, visit their website. If you think you might be interested in joining, call 612-673-5717. If you leave a voice message, the band director will get back to you. You are also welcome to sit in on a rehearsal.

For more information about the band, visit their website.

 

 

Published Sep 12, 2012