Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ronald McDonald House

PASADENA CALIF: December 13, 2012 @ 6 p.m.
(626) 585-1588

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society, Kim Braden and "Emerald" Santa Tim Connaghan bring Christmas joy and presents to the children visiting the Ronald McDonald House, Pasadena.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society AND the Police Pipes and Drums will gather for their annual Christmas Party at Pipe Major Walton's


Members AND THEIR GUESTS are invited.

Send an email to esociety2@gmail.com for the address!

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Sunday, December 9, 2012 

Vendors will be in John M. Lee Court from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Storytelling and music in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium will be held from 1:30 - 3:30 PM

A day of Irish tradition and culture filled with music, song, storytelling, dance, Irish art, crafts, books, cakes, puddings and more! Storytelling with Sheelagh Cullen, from 1:30 - 2:15 PM, music from 2:30 – 3:30 PM with sensational artists fiddler Bella Issakova, Preston Howard, Zac Leger (fiddle, uilleann  pipes, guitar) and Felim Egan (button accordion) plus Kevin Horton, formerly with Riverdance  - now part of the Kerry Dance Troupe – not to be missed!

Fee (storytelling & concert): Member $10; Non-member $15; Free admission to the Irish Vendor Sale. Does not include museum admission.

Presented in association with Kerry Records and the generous sponsorship of M. Finbar Hill, Hon. Consul General of Ireland.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Notre Dame v. USC Tailgate

Los Angeles: Notre Dame v. USC Tailgate
Noon to GameTime Today
Jesse A. Brewer Jr. Park

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Los Angeles Police Commission awards Distinguished Service Medal

On November 7, 2012, the Los Angeles Police Commission awarded their Distinguished Service Medal to members of the Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. 

Click on the following link for the video.

Saturday, November 3, 2012



Katella Deli and Bakery
4470 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos

RSVP Pete Walsh, pbeireanua@att.net or 714-200-7365

Saturday, September 22, 2012

RSVP International Uilleann Piping Day


at the Los Angeles Police Academy Daryl F. Gates Lounge
1840 Academy Dr., Los Angeles CA 90012

PLEASE RSVP to esociety2@gmail.com

Patrick D'Arcy

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums at the LAFD 2012 Patriots Day & 9-11 Ceremony

L/R Mike Apodaca, Lyle Lewinson, Terry McCarthy, Cliff Armas, Ron Vargas, Bill Partridge, Charlie Ezelle, Mick Rose, Thom Macnamara, Ron Cody, Phil Bowater, Geo Carroll, Brian Hyland, Jennifer Walton, Scott Walton, Pat Devine & Ron Esparza.
Photo credit: Mike Peters

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ian Campbell Fundraising Dinner

L/R: Army 1st SGT / TSA Manager Bruce Sweeney
USN Veteran / LAPD SGT / Bagpiper Piper Michael (Mick) Rose
USN MCPO / Airport Police Ofcr Thomas Dye
USAF CMSGT / LASD SGT / Emerald Society President George Carroll 
By Seóirse Ó'Cearbhaill
President, Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

On Friday, August 10, 2012, the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums held their first fundraiser and dinner at the Mountain Gate Country Club, Los Angeles.  Over 150 people gathered to acknowledge the volunteer work of the band and to financially support their future appearances at military and peace officer line of duty funerals.

Author James Elroy spoke of events earlier in the day where Ian Campbell Square was dedicated in Hollywood. Mr. Elroy tied in Officer Ian Campbell's love of bagpiping with the selfless effort the band members undertake, driven in part to keep the memory of Ian's sacrifice alive.

Jim Cunningham reminded the audience how Ian Campbell's passing started a tradition within the LAPD of having Piper's perform in token appreciation for the sacrifice soldiers and peace officers make defending our freedom.

Cunningham elaborated on the effect the band has had on survivor's, particularly members of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) during annual memorial ceremonies at the State Capitol in Sacramento. In the audience and expressing gratitude for the emotional support the band continually shows were C.O.P.S. family members Mary and John Huffman who's son Orange County Sheriff's Sergeant Matt Davis's life was taken in 2002 and Gold Star parents Gary and Elaine Brattain who's son Private First Class Joel K. Brattain was Killed In Action in Iraq in 2004.

Through the generous support of live auction patrons, bidders were generous in their bids realizing the great work their donations support. Cigars, whiskey, fine dining, dancing, and of course a raffle made for a truly fantastic evening.

The Wicked Tinkers Band performed and were able to captivate the audience into forming a huge conga line encircling the entire dance floor!

The Police Pipe & Drum Band would like to thank Darrell Calvillo and Mike Jett for their Pipe and Drum performance, the Wicked Tinkers, Bo's Cigar Lounge, Auctioneer Jim Cunningham Esq., and Chris Uhde of JVS Wine Imports for all their hard work to make the event smashing!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ian Campbell Square

Pipe Major Scott Walton, Drum Sgt Charlie Ezelle and Piper Cliff Armas

Credit: Karen Jordan
On Friday August 10, 2012, the intersection of Carlos and Gower in Hollywood was officially named in honor of Officer Ian Campbell. Councilmember Eric Garcetti carried the motion through City Council with a second from Councilmember Tom LaBonge based on a proposal brought by the Los Angeles Police Museum, and in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ian Campbell Fundraising Dinner

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The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums is truly unique.  All entities and units within LAPD receive direct support from LAPD.  LAPES Pipes and Drums exists to serve LAPD and the law enforcement community, however, all members of the Band volunteer their time.  Due to the Band’s limited budget, Band members will pay for their Band uniform, upkeep, and instruments.  Band uniforms consist of a specially ordered kilt, shoes, hose, sporran, and glengarry.  In addition to this Band members pay for lessons and usually travel to the various venues at their own expense. 
In the first half of 2012, Band members played at over forty-six funerals or memorials for active duty and retired law enforcement officers throughout the Southern California area.  The Band played at memorial ceremonies for the Torrance Police Department, Redondo Beach Police Department, South Pasadena Police Department, Alhambra Police Department, West Covina Police Department and the U.S. Air Force Base at LAX.  The Band played at memorial ceremonies for Marines killed in the line of duty at Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Base, Yuma, Arizona.
In order to offset the financial hardship incurred by Band members, the Band is hosting their first fundraiser dinner.  All benefits and proceeds will go directly to the Band.  This event will include whiskey sampling, cigars, bagpipe music, and your choice of a steak or chicken dinner.  A silent auction raffle will also be held.  The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums is a non-profit tax exempt public charity organization under IRS Tax Code 501(c)(3), Tax Identification Number 27-3941723. 
The event will be held at the Mountain Gate Country Club, 12445 Mountain Gate Drive, Los Angeles, on Friday, August 10th from 1800-2300 hours.  The Mountain Gate Country Club is situated at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains and not far from the Getty Museum. The facility is recognized as among the finest private clubs in Southern California.  http://www.mtngatecc.com/
The cost is $95 per person or a table of ten for $925.  Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check payable to the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.  Please include your choice of steak or chicken dinner. 
Tickets can also be purchased via Pay Pal.  To purchase via Pay Pal, please go to the Band’s web site: www.LAPESPipesAndDrums.org and click on the home page.  Information on the dinner and a link to Pay Pal is located there.
If you cannot attend the dinner, a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated.  Donations can be made via check and sent to 1308 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, 90017 or made via Pay Pal.
The Band will continue to support LAPD, law enforcement, and the military, but we need your assistance to enable us to do so.  

Saturday, August 4, 2012


West Hartford PD - Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Charter Member
Michael B. "Brian" Liddy, 79, of Newington, died peacefully on Saturday (July 28, 2012). He was the beloved husband of the late Anna T. (Gargan) Liddy.

Born in Ireland, he immigrated to New York City, and upon joining the West Hartford Police Dept., he lived in Newington and West Hartford. In 1991, he retired from the West Hartford Police Dept. after 25 years of service and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington. Mr. Liddy was also a life member of the Irish American Home in Glastonbury, the Irish Northern Aid, Hartford Chapter, and a charter member of the LAPD Emerald Society, as well as a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Newington Seniors and a former member of the American Legion in West Hartford.

Mr. Liddy is survived by his son Brian D. Liddy of Castaic, CA, his daughter Maureen Liddy of Newington, and his grandchildren, Brian Michael Liddy, Megan Elizabeth Liddy and James Patrick Liddy. He also leaves his brother Dermot Liddy and his sister Iris Liddy, both of Derry City, Ireland, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Ireland. His funeral service will begin on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington.

He will be laid to rest beside his wife in West Meadow Cemetery, with police and military honors.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Newington Memorial. Memorial donations may be made in Michael's name to the Foyle Hospice, 61 Culmore Road, Derry, N. Ireland, BT48 7UF.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Council to Consider Naming Intersection for 'Onion Field' LAPD Officer

On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council will consider naming a Hollywood intersection after LAPD Officer Ian Campbell, who was kidnapped and murdered in the notorious 1963 Onion Field case. Councilmen Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge propose renaming the intersection of Carlos Avenue and Gower Street as "Ian Campbell Square," which would be marked with a sign.

Click here for full story: Ian Campbell Square

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Piper Brian Hyland and Drummer Thom MacNamara perform at Annual City of Redondo Beach Memorial Day tribute

REDONDO - 5/28/2012 - (Mark Savage) Annual City of Redondo Beach Memorial Day tribute at Veteran's Park. Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Piper Brian Hyland and Drummer Thom MacNamara perform.
Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, thanked veterans and their families and promised to advocate for additional benefits for military families.
"We try in the best way we can to honor the memory, to give respect to those called into the service of this country," Hahn said. "Thank you. Welcome home. We owe you so much."

The crowd watched in awe as members of the 21st Century Skydiving Team sailed down on parachutes bearing the colors of each military branch.
Hundreds of solemn faces, some marked with tears, looked on as 100 white doves were released, a horse-drawn casket paraded by, and teams of uniformed honor guards marched in unison bearing flags. But when "America the Beautiful," the national anthem and several patriotic country songs were performed, the crowd sang and clapped along. There were even shouts of "ooh rah!"

Monday, May 28, 2012

Civil War Irish Medal of Honor Recipient Martin McHugh

A forgotten  Irish Medal of Honor winner and Civil War hero finally had his heroism acknowledged with a military ceremony and a 21 gun salute in a pre Memorial Day event held last month.

Click here:  http://bit.ly/LYqGgp

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Retirement BBQ for Sergeant II Matt Mulvihill # 24004

It is fitting that in the 20th year of existence, our POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY can join in the celebration of one of founding members, as he retires from the LAPD.

USMC Master Gunnery Sergeant (Ret.), Philadelphia PD, and LAPD Sergeant II Matthew Mulvihill will be celebrated at a retirement BBQ at the LAPD Academy at 11 a.m. on April 25, 2012.

A Society plank holder, Matt served on the founding interim Board of Directors., as Vice President from 1993-1995, President from 1995-1997 and Sergeant at Arms 1995-1998

*** Congratulations MATT ! ***

LBPD Ofcr & Society Member Tom Keleher has reserved a no-host table for Society members able to attend the BBQ. Please join us if you are able.
Reservations for the BBQ can be made thru Chris Rose-Beatty @ (213) 486-037

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2012 City of Los Angeles Irishman of the Year - Scott Walton

L/R: Honorary Counsul General - Ireland M. Finbar Hill, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, LAPD Det. Sgt. Scott Walton and Terry Anderson
photo: Todd Leitz

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Block Party

Please join The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society, Emerald Society Honor Guard and Emerald Society Pipes and Drums on March 24, 2012 at 11:00 am at The Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Block Party.

We need at least three volunteers to be banner and standard carriers, preferably members who are interested in being part of the honor guard. Contact Bill Robertson at brobertson820@yahoo.com if interested.

Friday, March 16, 2012



April 19 Santa Monica, beach sunset performance, 7:28 pm
April 20 Pasadena PUB CRAWL on Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena
April 21 Pasadena WORKSHOP 12pm-4pm for pipers & drummer
April 21 Pasadena CONCERT Westminster Presbyterian Church


Rained out!


-CANCELLED - L.A. Live St Patrick's Celebration on March 17th !


Thursday, March 15, 2012

SCOTT WALTON - L.A. City Irishman of the Year for 2012

Emerald Society Member & Pipe Major SCOTT WALTON has been chosen L.A. City Irishman of the Year for 2012

Ceremonies will be held Friday morning March 16th in City Hall Chambers.

Click here for story:  http://bit.ly/wb9Ao8

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Church celebrates St. Patrick's life of holiness on March 17

Denver, Colo., Mar 11, 2012 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On March 17 Catholics will celebrate St. Patrick, the fifth century bishop and patron of Ireland, whose life of holiness set the example for many of the Church's future saints.

St. Patrick is said to have been born around 389 AD in Britain. Captured by Irish raiders when he was about 16, St. Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland where he lived for six years as a shepherd before escaping... Click here to read more

Friday, March 9, 2012

Don Kelly at the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia

The Irish Memorial is located at the southeast corner of Front and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. It is dedicated to the memory of more than one million innocent men, women and children who perished during the years 1845 to 1850 and to the millions of Irish immigrants who found here in the United States of America the freedom, liberty and prosperity denied to their ancestors in Ireland.

Click here: The Irish Memorial at Penn's Landing

Emerald Society & 80th Hollywood Christmas Parade

Click here: Emerald Society & 80th Hollywood Christmas Parade

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Garda News

Here's a link to the MARCH 2012 Emerald Society GARDA NEWSLETTER

Click here: The Garda News

Officer Ian Campbell Ceremony at Hollywood Station

March 9th marks the 49th anniversary when Officer's Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger were kidnapped from Carlos and Gower in Hollywood Division and taken to a deserted Onion Field south of Bakersfield. Ian Campbell was subsequently executed. Karl Hettinger managed to escape with his life.

At Hollywood Station on Friday, March 9th at 1700 hours the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society (LAPES) Pipes and Drums will hold a small ceremony to commemorate Officer Campbell.

A fifteen minute video of the life of Ian Campbell and a thirty-one minute video documenting the search to locate the "Onion Field," the exact site where Ian was killed is available for viewing on the LAPES Pipes and Drums web site: http://www.lapespipesanddrums.org/
Please look under the tab "Ian Campbell Memorial"

Cliff Armas #21505

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Queen Mary Scottish Festival

Please join us at the 19th Annual Queen Mary Scottish & Games on February 18 & 19, 2012

Go to: http://www.queenmary.com/Scottish-Festival.aspx

The LAPES Pipes and Drums will be competing all weekend and marching in the parade each day at noon.

The Emerald Society will have a booth located in the Clan and organization area. Please come by and say, "Hello!"

Both captains are Bill Robertson and George Carroll.

Volunteers schedule:

George Carroll (9am - 5 pm)
Bill Robertson (9am - 5 pm)
Lynn Gutierrez (9am - 5 pm)
Cliff Breeden (11 am - 3 pm)
Esther Breeden (11 am - 3 pm)
Bill Donohue (1 pm - 5 pm)
Rick Sudik (1 pm - 5 pm)

George Carroll (9am - 5 pm)
Bill Robertson (9am - 5 pm)
Pat Devine (9 am - 1 pm)
Tommy Kirk (11 am - 3 pm)
Chris Kirk (11 am - 3 pm)
Megan Kirk (11 am - 3 pm)
Adam kirk (11 am - 3 pm)
Bill Donohue (1 pm - 5 pm)
Alan Donavan (1 pm - 5 pm)
Christine Donavan (1 pm - 5 pm)

Volunteers will recieve a free ticket to the event and have their parking reinbursed. (all tickets have been claimed)

Please contact Bill Robertson at LAPESGardaNews@yahoo.com or brobertson820@yahoo.com

Monday, February 13, 2012

Drivers Needed - Classic Police Cars

Police Emerald Society Member Barry Maiten will again this year convoy classic police cars form his collection to the Hermosa Beach Saint Patricks Day Parade and then on to the Hallett Block Party. Brother Maiten can use a couple of volunteer driver's if you are up to it.

Please contact Barry direct at (310) 859-5595 or barry65@dslextreme.com if you can lend him a hand!


Monday, February 6, 2012


We need volunteers for the Emerald Society at the following events:

The Queen Mary Scottish Games
February 18 & 19
Free Tickets and Parking Reinbursement

Emerald Society St. Patrick's Day Party
March 10
Maggie's Pub

San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17
Balboa Park
(banner carriers)

Downtown LA St. Patrick's Day Event
March 17
LA Live
(information table)

Please contact me ASAP at:


Bill Robertson
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Meeting Reminder

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 @ 7:00 pm Los Angeles Police Academy "Darryl Gates Lounge" Guest Speaker Fiona Canning Brand Embasador Jameson Irish Whiskey Please RSVP to: esociety2@gmail.com so that our guest speaker may be properly prepared!!! Next Meeting - March 14, 2012

Emerald Society member for NCLEES 2012 LEO of the Year

Again this year, we are eligible to submit an Emerald Society member for NCLEES 2012 LEO of the Year. Please read the attached NCLEES announcement and consider submitting a nomination package for my endorsement.

If you know of a Society member who has been commended for acts of valor or has provided outstanding community service, please forward justification for submission to the National Conference by email to esociety2@gmail.com

We can't win this award if we don't submit a nominee.


George Carroll, President
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society
(661) 714-8553

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pipes & Drums Event

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society PIPES & DRUMS will participate in the Tet Lunar Parade.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Party

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society
Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

Saturday, March 10, 2012
6:00 pm ~ Midnight

~ Entertainment ~
To Be Announced

Maggie's Pub
11900 Telegraph Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Tickets $30.00 per person

Tickets will be available at the February Meeting

or you may mail checks to:
714 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 948
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Friday, January 6, 2012

Meeting Notice

The first Society Meeting for 2012 is on January 18th 2012 @ the Los Angeles Police Academy,1840 N. Academy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

WE WILL MEET IN CLASSROOM #1 as the Lounge is booked for an event.

THE HISTORY OF BAGPIPING will be presented by accomplished musician and Band Pipe Major Scott Walton

PLEASE RSVP to the email you will receive with a simple "I'll be there" OR " Regrets" so we can guage for food and beverage!

Your Board of Directors will hold there OPEN meeting at 6 p.m. and you are welcome to attend!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pipes and Drums in the Rose Parade - Video

Click on the following "link" to view a brief video of  our participation in the Rose Parade:

LAPD in 2012 Rose Parade

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums to March in Rose Parade

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums have been selected to participate in the 2012 Rose Parade so look for us on KTLA. 

We will be marching with the Los Angeles Police, Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon and the Department's Honor Guard in this year's Rose Parade.