The Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and culture of bagpipe bands and to promoting the image of the New Jersey State Police. As a police pipe band, our primary mission is to perform at line of duty funerals for our fallen comrades. In these ceremonies, we honor their memory, comfort the family they have left behind, and inspire our troops back into battle. By doing so, we uphold centuries of Celtic, military, and police tradition. The band also performs at official State Police ceremonies and at various events benefiting charitable organizations throughout the state and nationwide.
Founded by Detective Sergeant First Class Joseph Keely in February of 1986, the New Jersey State Police Pipe Band has a history rich in pride and perseverance. Comprised entirely of active and retired New Jersey State Troopers, it was the first State Police Pipe Band in the nation. The band’s official debut was in the 1987 Trenton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
The New Jersey State Police Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold have been distinguished by their high standard of conduct, dedication to public service, and their fundamental commitment to serve the ceremonial needs of the State Police and the State of New Jersey.