The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii began in 1985 as the Shamrock Pipe Band, but the Irish name was too limiting, and it soon came to be known by its present name.
The Band's ranks have expanded through a constant training program. There are currently 18 pipers, 4 drummers, an Irish dance team Jig This, as well as a number of piping students. The many innovations have enhanced its reputation, and there are many calls to perform. The increasing popularity of the Band has culminated in its extension representing the Honolulu Police and Fire Departments. Development of the Honolulu Police Pipe Band began in April 1988, and the Band, in that image, made its inaugural performance during National Police Week in May 1989. One of the special features of the Band is the symbolic military attire of the members in the Black Watch tartan kilt. The Band joined together with members of the Black Watch (42nd Royal Highland Regiment) during the Regiment's training visit to Hawaii's. In May 1993, a new dimension was added to the Band with the Colors and Honor Guard. This distinctive unit is comprised of Honolulu Police Law Enforcement Explorers under the advisor ship of a Honolulu Police sergeant. They provide a brilliant array of flags representing the Celtic Nations (Cross of St. Andrew, Irish Harp, Welsh Griffin, and the Rampant Lion) as well as the flags of the United States, State of Hawaii's and Honolulu Police Department. -
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