This pipe band goes back to the early Irish traditions of the Cop on the Beat within the history of the NYPD. While the pipe band is certainly younger than those traditions the inspiration for it remains similar. No doubt inspired by the British band tours of the 1950s and 60s many local Police and Fire Department pipe bands were started in those days.
For the most part this is a street parade pipe band playing your fun Irish tunes and some American favorites as well. Many of these tunes are not intended for the pipes proper, so some odd sounds can result. This is not a top of the line British army or Scots Police pipe band like Edinburgh or Glascow for sure! Still, there is a capable cadre of players here that can produced some grade 3 or 4 sounds in piping. Some tracks are well done and imaginative. Most are the basic tunes in piping, with strong Irish-American connections that you would not see any major pipe bands play.
There is a poignant medley of tunes associated with the burial of a fallen Police officer which always is an event with strong department and emotional ties. With the changing demographics in today's Force one wonders how much longer this pipe band will prosper? Still, this is a fun CD and if you're looking for that St Patrick's Day sound you can't go wrong here.