SPF Band celebrates 90th anniversary with musical treats at Botanic Gardens

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force (SPF) Band celebrated its 90th anniversary on Sunday (Nov 8) with a free public concert at the Botanic Gardens Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage.

The SPF Band was formed in 1925 to provide music for state events, parades and the public. Through the years, the band has grown in size and stature.

Kicking off the concert, called A March to Remember, was a fanfare titled Metamorphosis, composed by the head of music development, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sulaiman Abdul Wahab.

The band also played other popular marches such as Mercury, Colonel Bogey March, and Sousa.

Visitors to the gardens were also treated to an SPF Combined Band performance, which includes the Women Police Pipes & Drums, and the Gurkha Contingent Pipes & Drums.

The celebration also saw surprise performances by the Dixieland Band, one of the SPF Band's ensembles, as well as Special Constabulary Corporal Lewis Loh.

The Dixieland Band became popular last year with their performance of Orang Singapura which was featured on SPF Facebook.

Special Constabulary Corporal Loh made waves online after a video of him singing a rendition of this year's National Day Song One Singapore with the SPF Band went viral in August. He was praised for his voice and nicknamed the "singing cop".