Abu Dhabi Police Music Band: A band for all seasons

Abu Dhabi Police Music Band: A band for all seasons

Abu Dhabi Police Music Band has a distinguished international presence

By (Wam)

Published: Sun 8 Feb 2015, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:31 PM

Abu Dhabi: Music is a universal language and is considered an essential element in the life and culture of a nation. And, since its inception in the early 60s, the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band has become a distinguished entity that reflects the success and innovation of the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters.

The Abu Dhabi Police Music Band performing in Berlin. — Wam 

Colonel Waleed Salim Al Shamesi, Head of the Police Schools Department, said: “The Abu Dhabi Police Music Band is the first military music band in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and for the country as a whole.... The regional and international success achieved by the band since its inception in 1963, was made possible, thanks to the support of the police leadership. With more than 50 years of experience, the band’s keenness to participate in various local and international events has attracted tens of thousands of fans.”

First Lieutenant Ibrahim Ma’touq Al Hosani, Deputy Chief of Police Music Section at the Police Schools Department, said: “The Abu Dhabi Police Music Band has undergone various developments through the years regarding the number of instrumentalists and musical instruments. Over time, a number of string instruments were added to the band.

“Developments regarding both official and folklore performances throughout the years were made, as well. Expanding both in breadth and in quality since its beginning years, the band went from performing five military marches to performing global symphonies. Delving into the depths of the UAE spirit, the band has expanded its library to include Emirati folklore to contribute to the revival of heritage and culture, and has included hundreds of other instrumental pieces encompassing military, traditional, Arabic, and international symphonies. Some of the best international musicians have worked closely with the members of the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band and have helped improve their skills.”

The band has performed in a number of international festivals and events, and was the only one representing an Arab country at festivals in Bremen in 2003, Moscow in 2013, and Berlin in 2014. The Berlin Military Music Festival “Berlin Tattoo” 2014 was the most significant international participation for the band, due to the admiration received from the audience said Al Hosani

“The local presence of the band featuring national and traditional Emirati music reflects the authentic spirit of the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band,” said Corporal Mubarak Saqr Al Muamari, the band leader. “We tailor our music for each event and our portfolio includes numerous musical works that could be used for different events,” he said.

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