Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pipes and Drums at Dodger Stadium Honoring Heroes of 9/11

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society & The Los Angeles County Fire Department Emerald Society fill center field at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 for pre-game ceremonies to honor first responders In Rememberance of Fallen Heroes of 9/11. (Preview)

Pipe Major Scott Walton and Drum Major Charlie Ezell lead the march to center field where they are joined by Bag Pipers Michael Apodaca, Cliff Armas, Brian Hyland, John Keys (L.A. City Fire), Chrisy Orcholski, Mick Rose and Brian Willey plus Drummers Ron Cody and Mike Jett.

#EmeraldSociety #Irish #Ireland #September 11, 2001

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

LAPES Pipes and Drums at the Hollywood Bowl with Blue Man Group

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums played at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th with the Blue Man Group. On Saturday we played to a sold out audience of 18,000 people.

Here is the link to Friday's night performance:

Additional photo's are on the Band's Facebook:

Cliff Armas

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

California Celtic Classic - Pictures

Emerald Society Vice President Rick Sudik greets Society Member Graham McGruer at our Clan Booth during the Celtic Classic.

For more pics, click on this link:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

California Celtic Classic World Highland Games

Stop by the LOS ANGELES POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY BOOTH and chat us up! See You There! — at Sea Terrace Community Park.

25 Year Memorial Ceremony for Officer Daniel Pratt

On Saturday, September 3, 1988, Officer Daniel Pratt was working 77th Division. Daniel was assigned to a robbery suppression detail when he was shot and killed by gang members in a drive-by shooting. He was thirty years old. On Tuesday, September 3rd at 0900 hours 77th Division will remember Daniel by holding a 25 year memorial ceremony. The Band will be playing at the ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend to honor the sacrifice Daniel made.

Cigars Under the Stars

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes ad Drums would like to thank all our friends and guests who attended the fundraiser dinner on Friday. Without your support the Band would not be possible. Thank you one and all.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Meeting Schedule Update

Just a quick note to remind everyone there will be no meeting at the academy tomorrow.  Please look at the schedule below for future events and happenings.

Thank you Tom
 Future Meetings:
August              NO MEETING
July 27              Noon Meeting. Gallagher's 2751 Broadway, Long Beach, Ca., 90803
                         1300-1600, Pub Crawl. $35.pp In Advance contact:
August               No Board meeting  
August 16,        1700-2330.  "Cigars Under The Stars". 2013  Black Tie Fundraising Gala for Band. $95. per person. Table of 10- $925. Mountain Gate Country Club, 12445 Mountain Gate Drive, L.A. Tickets can be purchased from any band member or go to: 
September 25  1900. LAPD Academy (Wednesday)
October 17      1900. LAPD Academy   (THURSDAY)
November        Date & Time to Follow Location: Gallagher's Long Beach
December        Date, Time, & Location  to Follow (Christmas Party/Pub Crawl???)
Our thoughts and prays are with the families, friends, and fellow Firefighters of  the 19 brave, heroic, Firefighters who sacrificed their lives protecting others...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July Meeting

Saturday 27 July Meeting at Gallagher's Pub, 2751 Broadway, Long Beach, Ca., 90803.
General Membership Meeting 1130
Pub Crawl from Gallagher's 1300-1600
3 Pubs on The" Big Red Bus"
35 dollars per person in advance.
This will sell out FAST!
Contact Tom Keleher at 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Upcoming Events

 DATE &TIME:          Saturday June 22  1400
L O C A T I O N:       Joxer Daly's Irish Pub
                                 11168 Washington Blvd.
                                 Culver City, Ca.
GUEST SPEAKER  Mehaul O'Leary, Councilman City of Culver City

Dublin born and raised POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY MEMBER, Business Owner, and Culver City Councilman Michael "Mehaul" O'Leary will be the guest speaker at the Saturday, June 22nd meeting of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society meeting.
Mehaul attended Gonzaga College where he graduated with honors. While at Gonzaga he played Rugby, Gaelic Football, Hurling, and Soccer.
Mehaul further studied at University College Dublin.
Mehaul is living his American Dream and comes to the Emerald Society via New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, with penance in San Diego, Laguna, Fountain Valley and West L.A. before settling in Culver City.

Welcome New Members:
Dennis Zigrang
Darren Sullivan
Seamus Kennedy
Alex Valntine
John Finney
Mark McLean
Martin Knox
Laura Patti
Derek Relf
Tim O'Connell
Kate O'Donnell Wilson
Lanny Whaley
Jack Dugan
Anthony Lopez
Bill Lovelace
Dan Winger
Alex Galvin
Rick Geiss
William F. O'Donnell
Ron Glenane 

Welcome returning members:
Brian Hyland
David Madden
Terry Anderson
Griffin Healey
Jason Evans 

FACEBOOK: Los Angeles Police Emerald Society on facebook.
TWITTER:  Los Angeles Emerald Society on Twitter www.lapes.twitter
 President Tom Keleher 562) 810-6907 & 424 218-6216
V.P.           Rick Sudick          (424) 218-6216
Tres.          Tommy Kirk        (424) 218-6216
Sgt. Arms  Sean Carrian       (424)   218-6216 

Sunday, June 16, 2013



Look for Los Angeles Police Emerald Society members Reggie & Kevin Miles as they compete in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


August 9, 2013 08:30 - 20:30

for oversea's visitors and World Police & Fire Games attendees


Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey, Haigh Tce, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Pipes & Drums Member

Meet the newest member of the LOS ANGELES POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY PIPES & DRUMS, Drum Major Matt Visk. Matt is well established as one of UCLA's four Drum Majors. Look for Matt to bring more mettle to the Band. Please extend Matt a hearty welcome!

MATT VISK, Drum Major

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This is how we do it LA style!

This is how we do it LA style! With Mike Baird dispatcher New Brunswick PD , New Jersey. His mother recently passed away and had her final wish to be buried at sea off Santa Monica where she grew up. Lots of red tape and bureaucracy prevented the family from their final goodbye, until they contacted LAPES. A police boat was made available so Mike and his sister could say goodbye in accordance with their mother's wishes. The family is now enjoying the memories of a final small act of professional courtesy. Rest In Peace madam!

LAURA ROSE WALSH Southern California's Rose Chosen as Finalist

LAURA ROSE WALSH Southern California's Rose Chosen as Finalist

The Rose of Tralee Regional Festival was held this June in Portlaoise, IE where LAURA ROSE WALSH was selected to move forward to represent Southern California at the International Festival in August.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 54 years in 2013.

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society congratulates Laura and we look forward to her selection and coronation as the 2013 Rose of Tralee.

Friday, May 31, 2013


The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society and the Police Pipes & Drums will have Clan Booths at the 2013 Irish Fair - Irvine Lake

Stop by and see us again this year.

Better Yet call Tom Keleher (562) 810-6907 or drop him an email at and spend an hour or two recruiting new members.

5305 Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA, 92676
JUNE 15 & 16 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Fraternal Order Of Police National Pipe Band Competition Third Place

As if representing our fallen brother's and sisters in a Solemn Massed Pipe Band March to the National Police Memorial was not awe inspiring enough, our own Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums took Third Place in the Fraternal Order of Police nationwide competition in Washington D.C. on May 15, 2013.
The National Honor Guard Competition and Demonstration provides an opportunity for law enforcement organizations to perform ceremonious and patriotic tributes for public viewing. These teams are a highly dedicated group of law enforcement officers that represent organizations from all across this nation and Canada. They converge on the Nation’s Capital every year for National Police Week, where peace officers are honored for their dedicated service to the protection of our communities. The day of May 15th is known asNational Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, a day when the nation honors those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This event is the tribute these teams give to honor our fallen officers and their families.

George Carroll

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

19th Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service

WASHINGTON D.C. May 14, 2013

LAPD Honor Guard and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums traveled over 2,600 miles to march in the massing of pipe bands enroute to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Plaza.

Friday, May 10, 2013

LAPES 1st President & Co-founder Bill McNeely Receives Lifetime Membership

LAPES 1st President & Co-founder Bill McNeely receives Lifetime membership from current Los Angeles Police Emerald Society President Tom Keleher.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Megan Kirk  
UPDATE: Just over 24 hours left and I've just been passed up like I was standing still! Lets keep plugging along everybody! I know you're doing your best, but please keep it up - we're so close!  

Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Isidore Plaza St. Patrick's Fundraiser

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society members enjoy Irish Tacos at the St. Isidore Plaza St. Patrick's Fundraiser.
LAPD CAPT (ret) Don Farrell, LAPD Ofc Rick Boyle of "Trooper Thorn" and LASD SGT (ret) George Carroll, not pictured LBPD Ofcr (ret) Emerald Society President Thomas Keleher.

Monday, March 11, 2013

LAPES Pipes and Drums with 1st Marine Division Band

L. A. Police Emerald Society Pipes And Drums along with the 1st Marine Division Band play Amazing Grace at the Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony for Officer Ian J. Campbell on the 50th anniversary of his death. All this took place March 9, 2013 at the Police Museum of Los Angeles. It was a spectacular sound to hear both bands together with nice acoustics from the newly built "garage" space of the museum.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

2013 OCFA Hosts Dublin Fire Brigade - OCFA's Danny Boy

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, host the Dublin Ireland Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums plus pipers from FDNY, Pierce Co., Eastside, Greater Boston and Tualatin Valley at the Irvine California Marriott Banquet Hall on Saturday March 9, 2013 to a cheering and packed house. Here's the OCFA rendition of Danny Boy. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society was honored to be among the supporter's of this great evening of entertainment.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

SBSD Detective JEREMIAH MACKAY's Celebration of Life

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums join in a composite mass band in Celebration of San Bernardino Sheriff's Detective JEREMIAH MACKAY's Life.
Jeremiah MacKay was a fixture in the Inland Empire Emerald Society and could be seen everywhere celtic culture was celebrated. Members of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums had the honor of playing at many events with Jeremiah.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2013 Great Guinness Toast to Fallen Officers

Bagpiper's from the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society join with the Inland Empire Emerald Society in the 2013 Great Guinness Toast to Fallen Officers.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Official Closing of Parker Center

Opened in 1955, the Police Administration Building was a state of the art facility and the envy of other police departments from across the nation. So great was the demand for public tours that the Department had to assign a group of policewomen full-time for the first year just to give tours several times a day. It was later renamed in honor of Chief William H. Parker who died in office in 1966 and who had helped establish the LAPD's reputation as a world leader in law enforcement. 

Parker Center served as the headquarters for the LAPD until the end of 2009. From 2009 to present, Parker Center continued to house portions of the Department's Scientific Investigations Division, which have now been transferred to the C. Erwin Piper Technical Building instead.

Scroll down to our prior posting from Monday for more details.

Photo credit: Monica Mora

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013


                   CAN'T MAKE IT TO MIAMI 

The next best option is to join the Redondo Beach Elks and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society to celebrate another victory on January 7, 2013, with special performances by the Police Pipes and Drums!

MONDAY, January 7, 2013   4:00 p.m to ???

315 Esplanade 
Redondo Beach, CA 90227

Tuesday, January 1, 2013