Who we are:

  • Founded in 1923 by a trio of Saint Paul Police Officers.
  • Built on traditions, public relations, and musicianship.
  • Originally all male police officers, included non-law enforcement males in late 1930s; women in late 1960s.
  • The band continues to have both a concert and marching band since its founding.

Historical Highlights:

  • First public concert was at St. Paul’s Rice Park on August 8, 1924, at 11:45 AM.
  • In October 1924, performed for arrival of John Philip Sousa at St. Paul Union Depot.The band escorted him to the Auditorium where his band performed in-concert.
  • Entertained a national and international audience on December 7, 1926, while performing for the St. Paul Police Officers Ball at the Coliseum Ballroom. The event was aired on WCCO Radio which had strong reception reaching listeners in Quebec, Canada; New York City, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Florida, Montana, and Nebraska.
  • The marching band participates in several regional community festival parades annually, with many consisting of long-standing engagements.


  • Inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Received a Unit Citation by the Chief of Police, Saint Paul.

Membership and Rehearsals:

  • Roster of 65 members, both police officers and volunteers.
  • Rehearsals are most Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM, October-May, at Harding High School, St. Paul’s East Side.

The St. Paul Police Band is always looking for new members.  If you, a friend, or family member play a musical instrument and are looking for a band to join, please consider the Saint Paul Police Band.  You may contact Stephanie C. Batt at 952-935-4052 or by email.

For more information on the band, please visit our website.

Last Edited: August 2, 2021