RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – The Richmond Police Department Community Band is a relatively new community ensemble, envisioned by Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith, with the mission to bridge the gap between the law enforcement agency and the community through music.

Since November 2021, the RPD Community Band has been made up of people who enjoy making music together as well as members of the Richmond Police Department. Over time it has grown to 25 members and now there’s room for more musicians to play along.  The band is comprised of both sworn and civilian RPD employees, representatives from Richmond Public School, VCU, and the Police Athletic League (PAL).


RPD Community Band. Photo contributed by the Richmond Police Department

The band performs at several events citywide and throughout the year. 

Anyone 17 years and older who plays a band instrument and can read sheet music is welcome to join. No auditions are required and rehearsals are held on Mondays or Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

The band will play holiday, patriotic, gospel, and contemporary music, among others.

Those interested in joining the RPD Community Band can email “Yes, I want to join the band!” to Richmond City employee Donald.Cook@rva.gov.

And anyone with a gently used band instrument can donate the equipment for use of musicians in the group who don’t have one can use that same email address to work out the donation details.