Ceremonial Band

The Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service was formed in 1977, serving as a public relations unit, proudly wearing the uniform of the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

The band is comprised of approximately 50 musicians and 10 colour guard, who are all volunteers from the Police Service and the community. The band performs in street parades, concerts, military tattoos and special ceremonial functions including the Canadian Police Officers Memorial Service held each year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Internationally, the band has performed in several U.S. States and in 1996 was hosted by the Lancashire Constabulary in England during a ten day performance tour.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the requirements?

You must be 16 years of age or older (members 16 & 17 years old require parental consent), have a good moral character and be free from criminal convictions or negative police contact. 

What is the commitment?

Members must attend a set number of practices and performances througout the year including parades and concerts.

Do I need to be a Police Officer to be a band member?

No.  You do not need to be a member of the police service to join the band.  Members are volunteers from the community at large and the police service.

What type of performances does the band do?

The band performs in street parades, memorial services, military tattoos and concerts.

What level of musician do I need to be?

There is a large variety of skill level within the band, but we suggest a high school level of musicianship. 

When and where are band rehearsals?

Band rehearsals are Monday evenings 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Waterloo Regional Police Headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge.  The band has marching rehearsals approximately once per month which take place in a larger facility within the region. 

Are musical instruments provided by the band?

Most musicians typically own and bring their own instrument.  There are a few musical instruments owned by the band and with approval can be lent out to band members.

What if I don’t play a musical instrument but want to be part of the band?

The band also features a precision rifle drill team and colour party.  All drill movements are undertaken in accordance to the Canadian Forces Drill Manual.  If you have an interest in the riftle drill team or colour party and don't have any experience, we can train you. The rifle drill team and colour party rehearse along with the band. 

How Do I Join?

Send an email to band@wrps.on.ca and a band member will invite you to attend one of our practices.  You will have the opportunity to play with the band during four different practices. If you decide that this is a volunteer opportunity for you, you will be given an application form.  Once approved, you will receive your WRPS Band uniform and be a proud member of the WRPS Ceremonial Band.   

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