AFP Pipes and Drums

The Australian Federal Police Pipes and Drums (AFPPD) is a volunteer group of musicians drawn from the membership of the Canberra City Pipes and Drums (CCPD), who for almost 20 years has performed at a wide range of public and ceremonial events in support of the AFP.

CCPD was first appointed as the honorary pipe and drum band to the AFP in 1993, before the appointment was formalised in 2002 with the signing of a service agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the CCPD.

In recognition of that appointment, the CCPD adopted the wearing of black and white hackles (hat feathers) in their already black and white diced glengarries. The AFP logo and chequered dicing or Sillitoe Tartan is also displayed on all drums.

The AFPPD is central to many AFP ceremonial events, from the provision of a solo piper and drummer for funerals and investitures, through to full band performances at ceremonies including recruit graduations and National Police Remembrance Day held annually on September 29.

As well as performing for national audiences on numerous occasions at the Adelaide International Police Tattoo, the band has entertained audiences around the globe with performances at the inaugural Kremlin Zoria in Moscow's Red Square, the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland along with several special guest appearances with André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra.

A highlight for the band was their very first appearance at the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2009. The band has been fortunate enough to be invited back on many occasions both in Edinburgh along with the Tattoos very rare shows outside of Scotland in Sydney and Melbourne.

The band is always on the lookout for new players to come join in with the fun and comradery. If you would like to learn or are already an established Piper or Drummer, please get in contact with us.


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Honours and Awards Recognition Ceremonial and Protocol Team
GPO Box 401
Canberra City ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 5126 8521 Honours-Awards
Ceremonial and Protocol Ph: (02) 5127 2276 Ceremonial-Protocol
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