Royal Tonga Police Band

The Royal Tonga Police Band’s origin goes back to almost hundred years ago. It started during 1900’s comprising of students from the only Government School at the time. The Band was purely a Brass Band pertaining traditional British Brass Band. Its main activities were regular rehearsals and a public performance every Friday evening. In 1951, it was incorporated into the Tonga Police Force, with bandsmen becoming regular policemen.  Again, with reorganization of the Tonga Police Force in 1968, the band became full official Tonga Police Brass Band, completely integrated within the Police Force.  The Government introduced in 1974 and finally in 1978 approved policies regarding band duties.

Today, the Band consists of 31 personnel perform three division Band. They are Brass Band, Big Band (Jazz Band) and a String Combo Band. The Band is responsible for all Government functions requiring a band parade, welcoming visiting dignitaries, all ceremonies attended by the Tongan Monarch and also available for private or public functions at payment of a prescribed fee. Since 1982, the Band represents the Kingdom of Tonga to many Music Productions around the world. 

The Tonga Police Band has been attending the following international Music festival and Conferences around the world.

 

1982

Official of the Commonwealth Game in Brisbane, Australia.

1983

Easter Show Auckland, New Zealand

1985

Warana Festival Brisbane, Australia

1986

Commonwealth Game in Edinburgh, Scotland

1989

Pacific Basin Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii

1992

World Association Conference for Symphonic Band Sydney, Australia.

1994

Commonwealth Game in Vancouver, Canada.

1995

World Association Conference for Symphonic Band, Hamamatsu Japan.

1998

Asia Pacific Board of Directors Conference Sydney, Australia

2000

Pacific Basin Music Festival Hawaii.

2000

World Championship for Marching Show Band Calgary, Canada

2001

World Championship for Marching Show Band Potsdam, Germany and tour of Australia and New Zealand.

2002

World Championship for Marching Show Band Tokyo, Japan and tour of the United States.

2005

Pacific Basin Music Festival Hawaii and tour of the United States.

2009

Tour of Australia and New Zealand.

2010

Pacific Basin Music Festival Hawaii and tour of the United States.

 Apart from Band duties members also provide support services to other Units and Divisions of the Tonga Police in terms of Crowd Control and Search and Rescue. The Police Band serves as a key group in some of our Community Engagements programs.

In 2012 as a response to increased school violence the Police Band together with the Association of Secondary School Principals and the Association of Band Masters developed a school band festival which was piloted in 2013.