The Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums provides bagpipe music for a variety of ceremonial occasions. The Band serves the Police Department by performing at officer/employee involved funeral and memorial events, other ceremonial functions, and other events as approved by the Chief of Police.
Past performances include:
-Police Officer Funerals
-Other Public Safety Personnel Funerals
-9/11 Memorial Ceremonies
-Retired Police Officer Funerals
-BLET Graduation Ceremonies
-Fire Department Ceremonies/Functions
-St. Patrick’s Day Parades
-Azalea Festival Parades
-Martin Luther King Day
-Domestic Violence Rallies
-City Council Meetings
Members of the Pipe & Drum Band include regular members of the Police Department, Police Department Retirees, Police Retirees from other jurisdictions, and volunteers from the community. The band currently includes two retirees from NYPD, one retired PA State Trooper, and a former Wrightsville Beach Police Officer.
Any donations or performance fees earned by the band are placed into a special fund and used for pipe band equipment and supply expenses.
The Band’s Pipe Major is Tom Tilmon, who is currently a Sergeant with the Wilmington Police Department. The band manager and Pipe Sergeant is Matt Hinson, a retired Lieutenant from the Wilmington Police Department. Lt. Hinson and Sgt. Tilmon are both original members of the band from its inception, the founding fathers so to speak. The Drum Sergeant is Joe Dolan, who is currently an Officer at the Wilmington Police Department, and also an NYPD Retiree.
Since the inception of the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums, the Band has offered free bagpipe and drum lessons to those who are interested in joining the band. The band practices and beginner lessons are held each Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at WPD Headquarters.
Anyone interested in joining the band can contact the band manager, Retired Lieutenant Matt Hinson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (910) 471-0797. The Wilmington Police Recreation Association is an integral supporter of the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums, and is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. Among the accounts maintained by The WPRA is a Pipe Band Fund for the Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums. Your tax exempt donations to the band may be made payable to WPRA, marked Pipe Band Fund, and mailed to WPRA Treasurer Matt Hinson C/O Wilmington Police Department, 615 Bess Street, Wilmington NC, 28401. For more information about WPRA click here