Join The Band

Requirements
The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Police Pipes & Drums is open to all sworn, reserve, and non- sworn employees of any law enforcement or corrections agency, military law enforcement, and firefighters.

Exceptions to these requirements are made on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the band membership. A strong commitment to attending rehearsals, performances, and individual practices is required.

To inquire about joining the band, please contact Pipe Major Gary Gifford or Drum Sergeant Terence Wong.

Rehearsals

The band meets every Monday night in Martinez from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for rehearsals. Beginning bagpipe and highland drumming lessons are offered free of charge during these hours to those committed to joining the band.

We offer referrals to instructors affiliated with the band who teach at an hourly rate as well. McCallum pipe chanters, reeds, Andante Drums, and harnesses are provided to band members.

Members are responsible for their own:
  • Bagpipes
  • Practice chanters
  • Drum pads
  • Drum sticks

Uniforms
When new members have demonstrated their commitment to the band and their competence with the music, they will be provided with most uniform items at band expense, including:
  • Kilt
  • Horsehair sporran
  • Kilt hose
  • Flashes
  • Glengarry
  • Hackle
  • Spats
  • Belt
  • Inverness cape
  • Bag cover