The Los Angeles Police Concert Band Press Kit
Under the direction of Maestro Richard Allen
Established in 1914, the LAPD Band was originally comprised entirely of sworn officers and played for police graduations, civic functions and Los Angeles schools. Following the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, active police officers were required to dedicate their duty hours exclusively to enforcement, and, in response, the band was disbanded.
Shortly after, a group of civic leaders headed by Bob Ahmanson and Gene Rodenberry formed an all-volunteer band under the direction of John Campbell. Throughout the 1980s the band expanded into the 55-member ensemble it is today. Many of its members are professional musicians who play regularly in local symphonies, radio and television programs, movie studios and prominent “big bands”, as well as retired law enforcement, judicial, and fire department employees.
Aside from police department, fire department, military and civic performances, the band’s role of ambassador has taken it to Mexico, Sweden, Italy, Washington D.C., Ohio and Sacramento. The band has played for events such as the dedication ceremony of the California State Police Memorial and the dedication ceremony of the National Police Memorial in Washington, DC.
Now under the direction of Maestro Richard Allen, the band is poised and ready to represent the LAPD, the City of Los Angeles, and wherever it is needed, always helping to build and improve community relations here and abroad. In addition to the Concert Band, the Swing Band and Dixieland Band continue to entertain audiences throughout Southern California. For information regarding the band, contact: Thelapdband@gmail.com – Attn. Jim Starr
The Production Team
Production Team (right to left):
Jim Starr – Executive Director/Vocalist/Producer
Christina Challey – Vocalist/Producer
Michael Ellington – Emcee/Vocalist/Producer
Richard Allen – Conductor/Producer