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Old 05-14-2015, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Piping for a Police Graduation...

I've been asked to play at a local graduation ceremony for our police department, about 10 graduates and I was wondering if anyone had any suggested tunes beyond Scotland the Brave. Maybe in an Irish direction? Thanks, Tom W.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: Piping for a Police Graduation...

I have always favored "Uphold the Right" for such an event. Bill Gilchrist composed "The Thin Blue Line" for our band's duty in D.C during Police Week a few years back. It's a good tune, too.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:35 PM   #3
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Tom1136,

First... congratulations on your being chosen to
play this fine engagement!! Well done!!

I have played many of these... as well as for various
Fire Departments... and it is always a joy to be able
to help send them off and into their careers in style!!

One of my favorites for these occasions has always
been "The Minstrel Boy" ... as it has a grand lift to it.

Another one... from the Engineers... is "Wings."

A third would be "The Dawning of the Day."

The 1st and 3rd are Irish... though "Wings" is MoD.

The Best of Good Fortune with your engagement!!

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Old 05-14-2015, 05:00 PM   #4
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Hi Tom !

Over the years, I have made it a tradition with our police graduations to march them into morning colors with "God Bless America" - both they, their instructors, and friends and family seem to really like it.

After that - depending upon the weather - the class generally marches out to either the parade field or to the auditorium, where a wide range of tunes are appropriate end enjoyed.

Cheers and God bless ~

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Old 05-15-2015, 05:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Piping for a Police Graduation...

Done several of these myself, both for my Department and for others. As far as my Department goes, we like Green Hills of Tyrol for the ingress. We try and play tunes that are recognizable, and like it or not most everyone has heard Scotland the Brave. Minstrel Boy is a good choice. We also play Garry Owen at another agency's request as they are partial to that tune.

Perhaps speak with the Academy CO and see if they have any requests. At the end of the day, any march will do.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:20 PM   #6
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A band I used to play with always did the academy graduations for a local force, and they always insisted that we play Scotland The Brave, and nothing else. These were big classes, and we'd have to play it, it seemed like, twenty times in a row for all the graduates to come forward.

For God Bless America, I'm sick to death of hearing pipers mangle that potentially beautiful tune. I wish pipers would either play the right notes, or play something else that they can play right.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:16 PM   #7
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I'm a 23 year veteran serving line cop, and I pipe for police and fire functions. Unfortunately these are mainly sorrowful, somber memorials. I think that an academy graduation for most new cops is a happy time, and one to be remembered long after it's passed. I very much remember my academy graduation like it was yesterday.

So, with that in mind anything from the light music category can be performed. Why not, I say! A nice medley with an assortment of marches, jigs, hornpipes, strathspeys, 6/8's and so on would be fine. I wouldn't worry that the audience knows the tunes or not. They will react more to the manner in which the music is played, and its effect on their spirits rather than an immediately recognizable tune or melody. I agree that Minstrel Boy is good one to use. I strongly doubt that the "COPS" TV show theme can be done on the pipes.

First off though, I would consult with whoever is in charge and ask if they have any requests. Certainly having to play STB for 20 minutes would be redundant to say the least. I would avoid that if at all possible. I would also avoid playing any slow aires that bring to mind memorials of any kind and the like. Keep it light, keep it upbeat regardless of what tunes you choose to perform.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:49 PM   #8
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Processional:

Marine Corps Hymn / Caissons

-or-

The Sands of Kuwait

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At Long Last / Dawning of the Day


Recessional:

If STB/Rowan Tree/Wings somehow won't do...

Ode to Joy
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Old 05-16-2015, 03:49 AM   #9
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A band I used to play with always did the academy graduations for a local force, and they always insisted that we play Scotland The Brave, and nothing else. These were big classes, and we'd have to play it, it seemed like, twenty times in a row for all the graduates to come forward.

For God Bless America, I'm sick to death of hearing pipers mangle that potentially beautiful tune. I wish pipers would either play the right notes, or play something else that they can play right.
When I play God Bless America, I play the high B ( and why not medley it with Grand old Flag and I'm A Yankee Dooddle Dandy for an up-beat, recognizable, patriotic American set?)
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:17 AM   #10
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Thanks for the replies. Some great suggestions.
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