In the fall of 1897, a number of police officers came together at the original Second District Station to practice whistling. By the next spring the group had grown (added instruments) and gave its first concert as the Milwaukee Police Band. In its illustrious history the band has played with John Philip Sousa, marched in the Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, Milwaukee's own Great Circus Parade, Walt Disney World among other concerts and youth outreach events.
The band continues in their efforts as “goodwill ambassadors” for the Milwaukee Police Department. The Band is funded solely by the Milwaukee Police Athletic Association with occasional private donations. No city monies are utilized to fund the Band's operations. The civilian and police members who perform with the band volunteer their time and talent. They cherish the opportunity they have been given to do their part in contributing to the quality of life in this fine community. Since it’s first concert on April 9, 1898 the group has continued to perform making it the oldest police band in America!