Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
Band: Cover Band: Original Ensemble: Small Celtic Folk World

"Irish Pipe Band"

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society (LAPES) Pipes and Drums is an independent Emerald Society chapter and a member of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Societies (NCLEES). The Band did not start out this way and was orginially a part of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society.LAPES was first started in 1992, as a non-profit, multi-agency organization with the objective of fostering goodwill among the members of the numerous law enforcement communities in Southern California.When first formed, LAPES did not have a pipe and drum band. Any functions requiring the need for pipers or drummers would have to be out sourced at the expense of the Emerald Society.Two LAPES members, Scott Walton, a detective with LAPD, and Steve Kirby, a retired LAPD detective, had already started taking bagpipe lessons. Discussions soon started to form an Irish bagpipe band to support LAPES, law enforcement, the military, and the community. By mid-1999, the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums was formalized. In May, 2001, the LAPES Pipe and Drum Band made their first trip to Washington, D.C. for National Police Week. Since that time, the Band or its members have participated in every National Police Week.By December, 2010 LAPES Pipes and Drums had grown to over twenty players. In order to continue to grow and realize their full potential the Band decided to form their own independent Emerald Society chapter. By-Laws and a uniform manual was established and an Executive Board elected. The Band applied with NCLEES to become an independent Emerald Society chapter. On Saturday, May 14, 2011 during the NCLEES Fall Conference in Washington DC the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums was voted in and approved as their own independent Emerald Society chapter within NCLEES.Pipe Major Scott Walton still serves as the Pipe Major for the LAPES Pipe and Drum Band.

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