The Eastern long Island Police Pipes and Drums was formed in 1990 by a small group of local police officers who shared the common goal of promoting camaraderie and fostering police and community relations through the love of traditional Irish music. The ELIPPD has since grown to include up to forty members from a dozen or more local law enforcement agencies including Southampton Town , East Hampton Town, Southold Town, Suffolk Sheriff’s Office, Sag Harbor Village, Suffolk PD and NYPD to name a few. Civilians are also welcome in our band and represent our diversity. Our ranks include doctors, lawyers, businessmen, salesman and retirees.
Our members meet and practice weekly throughout the year to maintain a level of proficiency that has won many awards and first place trophies. Our official parade season centers around St. Patrick’s Day and can include as many as ten local and travel parades during the month of March.
Parades are only a part of the bands function, though. Our membership is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and serve. In the past year alone we have played for countless community fundraisers, the East Hampton Memorial Day services, Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, Hampton Bays San Genarro Feast, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and the Pearl Harbor Day remembrance at the World Trade Center Memorial. Our largest event this year was a first of its kind bus trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland to play for the severely wounded men and women of our armed forces. For that event alone we raised and donated over five thousand dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Individual members must use personal time from work for all band activities and receive NO compensation at all. Members are also required to purchase their own instruments and provide most transportation to events. To outfit members, and fund our operations and charitable events, the group relies on a few paid parades, membership dues and an annual golf outing.
Currently, we have an active roster of approximately thirty five members, spanning an area from the Bronx to East Hampton.
Any Law Enforcement Officer, active or retired, can become a member of the ELIPPD.
For the first time the ELIPPD is reaching out for help. Donations from private persons, local businesses and community groups would ensure that The Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums can continue the proud tradition of service to our communities and lead by example by supporting truly worthy causes.
If you would like to donate to The Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums you may reach us at POB 902 Hampton Bays NY 11946 or send us an email.
photograph site: 9-11 Memorial
9-11 Memorial Site
The band made another grand trip to serve the visitors of our 9-11 memorial site. The somber day took its toll on the band emotional making the afternoons play, not the best, but much appreciated. We look forward to returning again, playing for those that remember the day that America changed- forever.
On January 27,2012, ELIPPD made the 5 hour trip to Bethesda, Maryland to play for our wounded warriors in the Warrior Cafe. Since we were planning for weeks, we made it a point to ask all of our friends and family to help support this great institution, by writing a few checks. It seems nowadays, that it one thing to say that you support our troops, but we feel that we needed to thank them personnally and let them know that they have the full support of ELIPPD.