The Band of the City of New York Police Department, commonly known as the NYPD Police Band, is an American Police band which serves under the NYPD in New York City. The band currently has 70 members and is part of the NYPD Ceremonial Unit. The band's motto is as follows: Serve, Protect and Entertain. The NYPD Band performs at department ceremonies, parades and community events across the city and in concerts around the world.
History with the Macy's Parade
The NYPD Marching Band made its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in the 1992 Parade, joining other officers in both the NYPD Highway Patrol Motorcycle Brigade and the NYPD Mounted Unit. Thirty-six of New York's finest march to Macy's flagship department store in Herald Square, under the direction of Sergeant Tony Giorgio, playing to the tunes of "New York, New York".
Since their debut, the NYPD Marching Band has continued to appear in the annual fall spectacle, having performed marching band arrangements of the National Emblem March, Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk and the iconic anthem of the city that never sleeps, New York, New York. Starting in 1996, the band would oftentimes be joined by the Harold the Fireman novelty balloon, and later its policeman counterpart between 2011 and 2016.
The group most recently appeared in the reimagined 2020 Macy's Parade. The band performed a socially-distanced musical rendition of "God Bless America," now under the direction of Detective Amy Pape.