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Band history

1838

South Australia Police force was formed.

It is one of the oldest forces in the world and the first in Australia.

1884

The South Australian Police Commissioner W. J. Peterswald encouraged the Adelaide Metropolitan Foot Police to form a volunteer brass band.

South Australia was the first police force in Australia to form a band.

1903

Under the Direction of T. H. Davey the band won the Brass Band Contests at the Old Exhibition Hall.

1939-1945

The band was in recess during World War II.

1957

Approval was given for the band to operate full time by the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier McKinna.

1974

The band changed from a brass band to a military band with the introduction of woodwind instruments.

1990 to current day

The band has achieved international acclaim at military tattoos in Scotland, Germany and Switzerland, including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.