Police on the beat with bagpipes and kilts
THEY may not have Sting as their front man, but this police band still had its own group of cheering little fans in Townsville yesterday.
The Kops in Kilts program – a band of police officers and musicians, dressed in kilts, that play the bagpipes a n d d r u m s a t s c h o o l s around Queensland – visited Marian Catholic School and Ryan Catholic College yesterday, much to the delight of students.
Marian school captains James Babao and Bernadette Van Mierlo said it was great to watch the police perform.
‘‘ It was hard to pick a highlight, there were so many,’’ Bernadette said, while James thought the bagpipe rendition of Bob The Builder was the best.
Principal Karen Pearce said the program was an i mportant t ool t o s how young people they did not need to fear the police.
‘‘ This will help let the children know that police are their friends and that their role is to assist and to help them,’’ she said.
Ms Pearce said while it was the first time the pipe and drum band had per- formed at the school, she hoped it would not be the last.
Band leader Paul Fraser said the program began in Brisbane in 1997 and has expanded to include other parts of the state.
‘‘ It’s very popular,’’ said.
‘‘ The kids get to see a different side of what the police service does.’’
Mr Fraser said the trick was keeping the performance as interactive as possible by getting the children to sing and dance along with the band.
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