The Police Band

The Malta Police Force Band was established by the then Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant Colonel Henry William Bamford in 1919.The band was formed up of bands men emanating from the Kings Own Regiment and the Malta Royal Artillery, under the charge of its first Director of Music Mro. E. Magro, being an ex-director of the Commander-in-Chief Orchestra in Malta.  
 
Due to service exigencies, the Band was disbanded for several instances,  and it was again reactivated in 1994, on the 180th anniversary of the foundation of the Force. It made its debut in the presence of a well known Russian Police Band and the famous ‘Banda dell’ Arma dei Carabinieri’ during a march past and Guard of Honour at St. George’s Square, Valletta.
 
Over the past years, the Band performed on numerous occasions throughout the Maltese Islands, which performances were enthusiastically received by those in attendance.
 
During December, 1999, the Malta Police Force Band participated for the first time in a massed-bands display with the Armed Forces of Malta Band, in  Valletta in order to mark the 25th anniversary since Malta gained its status as a Republic.  Since 2004 the band has been invited to participate during the Malta Military Tattoo together with several other foreign bands.  In 2005, the Band also had the opportunity to perform in Sicily. 
 
Upon Commissioner John Rizzo’s initiative, during 2002, 2005 and 2011, the Band recorded its first three compact discs including some of the best numbers from its wide music repertoire ranging from military marches to classic and popular music.  It was also the incumbent Commissioner, who during the year 2004, introduced for the first time a dancing ensemble formed up of band members. In 2006, the Police Band was further complimented with the Pipes & Drums.    
 
The Band currently has a complement of sixty-three musicians who are all regular members of the Force, hailing from various Districts and Branches in Malta and Gozo.  The Band is under the baton of its Director of Music, Senior Inspector Maestro Anthony Cassar, the fifth director since its establishment.
 
The Band’s role is to fulfil several commitments in support of the Malta Police Force during ceremonial occasions.  Throughout the year the Band also holds frequent displays and musical concerts.  These are held during national and other festivities organised by the Malta Tourism Authority, the Ministry for Gozo, Local Councils and charitable fund raising activities in Malta and Gozo.
 
The Band strives to achieve the highest standards and aims to be a bridge between the Corps and the general public. ​​

Contact Information:

 Contact Name

POLICE HEADQUARTERS
St. Calcedonius Square
Floriana FRN 1530

 Telephone
2122 4001