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History


The Minneapolis Police Band was formed in 1917 by Major General George Emerson Leach and Arthur Bolte. Leach had been commanding general of the U.S. Army's Rainbow Division in World War I and was elected mayor of Minneapolis after retiring from the Army. Bolte, a musical instrument salesman, thought he could sell a lot of instruments if he could start a city band. Mayor Leach believed that the Police Department needed a better image; hence, the police band was formed. Bolte became the first band director in 1917 and served until 1922. The band's first performance was in the Armistice Day Parade in November, 1918.


During its first two years, the band was composed of police officers only. In 1919, civilian members were invited to join the ranks, and in 1969 the first women were admitted. Today, active and retired officers and civilians join together in making music year-round.


In 2006 the Minneapolis Police Band was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. In recognition of the band’s Centennial year, Gov. Mark Dayton declared the week of September 10-16, 2017 Minneapolis Police Band Week.


The Minneapolis Police Band consists of a concert band, a marching band and a swing band. The bands participate in 30 to 35 engagements a year. The marching band has been the official escort band for the Minneapolis Aquatennial Parade since the parade began in 1940.


The 17-piece Minneapolis Police Swing Band has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years with the great sounds of the famous swing era. The band has performed at many local events, as well as in Winnipeg, Milwaukee, and Cleveland.

 Donations

The Minneapolis Police Band receives no financial support from the City of Minneapolis. All funding is obtained from private donations and member dues. Please consider a donation to our organization. Checks may be made payable to the Minneapolis Police Band and mailed with your name, address and phone number to Minneapolis Police Band, 5 th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Donors will be acknowledged at a performance.

Contact Us:

Office and rehearsal site: 
5th Precinct
3101 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
 
612-673-5717.

E-mail:  [email protected]

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www.facebook.com/MinneapolisPoliceBand
www.facebook.com/MinneapolisPoliceMarchingBand.

 

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Last updated Mar 15, 2019

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