The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police was formed in 1996, in conjunction with the 160th anniversary of the Cleveland Division of Police and the bicentennial anniversary of the City of Cleveland.
Proudly sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society, the band represents the Division of Police and the Greater Cleveland law enforcement community at ceremonial events. In the tradition of the police uniform, the bands colors are navy blue and gold, with royal blue trim.
Membership in the band is exclusive and includes only active and retired full-time law enforcement officers. The bands growth to roughly 55 members and students is indicative of the spirit of camaraderie and fellowship that exists in the police profession. Members serve as patrol officers, detectives, and superior officers in the Cleveland Division of Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio.
Since making its first appearance at the Cleveland Police Memorial Service on May 5, 1997, the band has performed nearly 830 times for various police ceremonial functions; as well as funerals, memorial services, parades, conventions, and other civic events. Sadly in its short history they have played at the funerals of over forty police officers that have died in the line of duty. In September of 2000, the band was incorporated into the divisions Ceremonial Unit. On May 15, 2002, they served as the host band at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington D.C. This service commemorated the 235 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2001, including the 72 officers killed in the line of duty on September 11. Along with the Honor Guard the band ensures that all appropriate courtesies are rendered at the funerals of active and retired law enforcement officers, and dignitaries. The Ceremonial Unit Serves at the authority of Chief Mike McGrath and Deputy Chief, Hector Quevas.