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The Winnipeg Police Choir

Winnipeg Police Service Choir performingSince 1974, the Winnipeg Police Service Choir has been performing their musical repertory and providing honest entertainment for the citizens of Winnipeg. The mandate of the Choir is to be worthy representatives of the Winnipeg Police Service, promoting policing in the Community, enhancing the image of police officers, and demonstrating Community Commitment through the joy of singing and fellowship. The Winnipeg Police Service Choir operates under the supervision of the Staff Sergeant, Unit Commander of the Community Relations Unit.

The Police Choir performs at a variety of public and private functions under the direction of Julian Vanderput.

The Police Choir's repertory includes traditional hymns, melodies from the big band era of the 1930's and 1940's, Scottish and Irish folk songs, Broadway musicals, and pop chart selections from the 1950's, 1960's and beyond. The Choir's unofficial theme song to begin the festivities is “Hey Look Me Over” from the Broadway musical Wildcats.

If your organization is interested in having the Winnipeg Police Service Choir perform at your special function, please submit a request in writing, and then sit back and enjoy the four part harmony vocal talents of your Winnipeg Police Service members - as you look us over.

History

Winnipeg Police Choir PatchThe Winnipeg Police Male Voice Choir was formed in 1973 in preparation to celebrate the Winnipeg Police Departments' Centennial Year in 1974. The Choir performed at the Centennial Concert Hall in 1974, as well as a variety of public venues throughout the city. The choir initially had been proposed as only a one year project, but instead it has become a valuable community link between the Police Service and the citizens of Winnipeg.

Originally, the Winnipeg Police Male Voice Choir consisted of active or retired police officers and civilian staff members. The original Choir uniform consisted of black shoes, dark grey pants, a white long sleeved shirt with raised ruffles with black trim in the chest area, a black bow tie, and a maroon blazer jacket with a gold embroidered choir crest.

In 1991 the Choir entered the Winnipeg Music Festival competition at the Civic Auditorium and won the Lord Tweadsmere Trophy in its choir category.

Winnipeg Police Choir, 1990In 1992 female police and staff members joined the Choir to greatly enhance its overall appearance and sound.

In 1999, the Police Choir in conjunction with the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band produced a compact disc of both choir songs and bag pipe and drum selections for sale at performances to the public.

Today, the thirty member strong Winnipeg Police Service Choir consists of active and retired police officers, civilian staff members, and police community volunteers. The current choir uniform consists of black shoes, dark blue uniform pants with no red stripe, a plain white long sleeved shirt, a uniform dark blue tie, a uniform tunic dress #2 with brass buttons and a yellow lanyard on the left shoulder.

Booking Information & Performance

Choir Performing The Winnipeg Police Service Choir has performed at a wide variety of both private and public functions throughout the years including the Governor General's New Year's Day Levee', the Centennial Concert Hall, Chiefs of Police Conference, the Opening Day of City Council, the Festival of Lights, the Festival of Trees, the St Andrews Society, the CanadInns Stadium, the Winnipeg International Airport, the Izzy Asper Centre, the Assiniboine Hotel, Polo Park Mall, Masonic Temples and the Police Expo.

The Choir regularly performs at official Government functions (Law Enforcement Memorial Day and the New Year Day levee'), Police functions (Awards Day), official City of Winnipeg functions (Workers Day of Mourning Ceremonies), Police Association functions (Polio Patients Christmas Party), Senior's Residences, and Legion Halls.

The Winnipeg Police Service Choir operates as a Community Service without any monetary charge for performing. Any monetary honorarium provided to the Choir goes to offset direct operating expenses, such as the cost of a musical accompanist, or the purchase of sheet music and binders.

The Choir's season commences in September and is completed by May. There are normally no performances scheduled during June, July or August.

If your organization is interested in having the Winnipeg Police Service Choir perform at your special function, please submit a request in writing to:

Mailing Address:

Winnipeg Police Service Choir
C/O Unit Commander
Community Relations Unit
P.O. Box 1680
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3C 2Z7

For General Inquiries please call:

Ph: 204-986-6322
Fax: 204-957-2450

 

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