It’s a “G” Thing: NYPD Band- Serve, Protect and Entertain

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Mr. G heads to One Police Plaza to groove with some of New York City’s finest.

“This a different way of looking at the New York City Police Department,” Lieutenant Tony Giorgio, the band’s commanding officer, said. “We started the band in 1991 with just 12 police officers, and it’s grown now to where we have over 70 police officers.”

The NYPD Band performs at department ceremonies, parades and community events across the city and in concerts around the world.

“I played in the marching band growing up,” Police Officer Dante Coleman said. “And once I found out there was a marching band here, I wanted to join.”

But, they have more than just a marching band.

“There’s a jazz ensemble, there’s a drumline and there’s a steel drum band.”

And also the Emerald Society Band.

These boys and girls in blue are not doing their finest work on the street but in the classroom as part of their Jazz in the Schools program.

“We actually teach the children about different styles of jazz music,” Police Officer Anthony Stewart said. “The children love it and we love them!”

“If they show a real interest in one of the instruments, we’ll bring them up on stage with us,” Detective Amy Pape, the band’s conductor, said. “We try to forge a relationship with the children showing them not only are we authoritarians but we are also their friends.”

The musicians are all full-time working cops and spend their own time participating in the band.

“This is a voluntary, we rehearse on our own time band,” Lieutenant Giorgio said. “So everyone who is here wants to be here.”

Being part of this band is good for these cops in many ways.

“In the band is the one part of the police department where you can actually express yourself musically,” Lieutenant Giorgio said. “To do that, it alleviates a lot of stress”

Their job may be to serve and protect, but in this case it’s just to entertain.


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