Bandmaster Erik Breitwieser
Secretary Kevin Gwinn
Treasurer Tim McGowan
Quartermaster Kevin Linkletter
POB 902 Hampton Bays, New York 11946
The Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums was formed in 1990 by a small group of local police
officers who shared the common goal of promoting camaraderie and fostering police and community relations
through the love of traditional Irish music. The ELlPPD has since grow to include up to forty members from a dozen
or more local law enforcement agencies including Southampton Town, Southold Town, Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, Suffolk County Department of Corrections, Suffolk County PO and NYPD to name a few. Civilians are also
welcome in our band and represent our diversity. Our ranks include New York City Firefighters, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, salesman and retirees.
Our members meet and practice weekly throughout the year maintain a level of proficiency that has
won many awards and first place trophies. Our official parade season enters around St. Patrick's Day and can
include as many as ten local and out of state parades during the month of March.
Parades, however, are only a part of the bands function. Our membership is committed to supporting the
communities in which we live and serve. In the past year alone we have played for countless community
fundraisers, the East Hampton Memorial Day services, Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, Hampton Bays San Genaro
Feast, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and the Pearl Harbor or Day remembrance at the World Trade
Center Memorial. Our largest event was a first of its kind bus trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Maryland to play for the severely wounded men and women our armed forces. For that event alone we
raised and donated over five thousand dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Individual members must use personal time from work for all and activities and receive NO compensation
at all. Members are also required to purchase their own instruments and provide most transportation to events. To
outfit members, and fund our operations and charitable events, the group relies on a few paid parades, membership
dues and an annual golf outing.
ELlPPD is reaching out for help. Donations from private persons, local businesses
and community groups would ensure that The Eastern Long Island Police Pipes and Drums can continue the proud
tradition of service to our communities and lead by example by supporting truly worthy causes.
*The ELlPPD is a 501-(C)3 corporation and all donations are 100 tax deductible