The Gates Keystone Club POLICE Pipes and Drums
Members of the Gates Police Department founded the Gates Keystone Club POLICE Pipes and Drums in 1998. Founding members of the Band realized that there was no ceremonial police pipe band in the area to honor public safety and military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice. In the early years of the Band members had little or no musical experience and learned the pipes and drums with lessons provided by professionals or on there own. The early uniform was that of the police department, kilts came later. Today the Band has come together as a professional unit and performs at about 60 events each year. Our services are offered to all first responders and military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Keystone Club is the name of the union that represents members of the Gates Police Department and it sponsors the Band. The Band has 45 members from the local police, fire, ems and military communities. In addition there are several dedicated members of the civilian community.
The command staff of the band includes: Drum Major Brian O’Connor/ Rochester City School District, Pipe Major Glen Johnson/, Drum Sgt. Lance Duffy/Gates Police Department and Business Manager David Staub/Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (ret).
An article written by former Pipe Major, Chief Jim Vanbrederode, Gates, NY Police Department entitled “The Anatomy of a Police Pipe Band was featured in the January 2010, Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Law Enforcement Bulletin”.
Our CD, “Blessed are the Peace Keepers” contains Celtic, military and traditional pipe and drum tunes. Featured are everyone’s favorites “Amazing Grace” and “New York, New York”.
This year we honor Police Officer Daryl Pierson was shot and killed on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 near the intersection of Hudson Avenue and Warsaw Street while involved in a foot pursuit of a suspect following a traffic stop.
Officer Pierson was a veteran of the National Guard and had served with the Rochester Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
The Gates Keystone Club POLICE Pipes and Drums are honored to be part of the 2015 Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
In Honoraigh Ar Marbh
Rochester Police Officer Daryl R. Pierson
We Honor Our Fallen
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