Welcome to the Official Band of the Los Angeles Police Department
The LAPD Band serves as ambassador for the City of Los Angeles throughout the United States and abroad. The band has performed for presidents, kings, queens, and for inaugurations of police chiefs and mayors. Under the direction of Dr. Don Holcomb, the band has become a premiere concert band, the pride of the Police Department and the City of Los Angeles.
Throughout its history, the LAPD Band has been at the disposal of the Los Angeles Police Department and the City of Los Angeles to perform at official functions. In addition, the band also performs for the Department of Parks and Recreation, Fire Department, United States Armed Forces, and numerous other law enforcement, government and civic organizations.
Meet Our New Los Angeles Police Concert Band
Director/Conductor, Maestro Richard Allen
The Los Angeles Police Concert Band is thrilled to announce the selection of Maestro Richard Allen as their new Director/Conductor. Maestro Richard is a Los Angeles based composer, arranger, and performer. He began his training early as a classical pianist and then studied composition and jazz at the prestigious California Institute for the Arts, and film composition at UCLA. He has recently returned from London where he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Symphony Orchestra, for a project of Sherman Brother’s music.
Richard began his professional career writing jingles for the radio. He then went on to travel extensively as Music Director for Holland America Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. On his return to Los Angeles, Richard continued working as an arranger, along with playing with the Louis Bellson Big Band, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and Bobby Vinton. Richard spent ten years at Disneyland, performing with the world-famous Disneyland Big Band and The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show. He also served as Music Director/Conductor for the “Disney Legend Bill Justice 90th Birthday Gala”, and on ABC Network’s pilot of “The Mike and Maty Show.”
As an arranger, Richard has orchestrated music for John Williams, The Boston Pops, The London Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Kodak Theater, Disneyland, and numerous cruise lines. He has conducted over 100 musicals, including several West-coast premieres, and served as the resident Music Director for both the San Gabriel Valley Music Theater, one of the largest regional theaters on the West coast, and The Shakespeare League of Pasadena. He also composed music for several original theatrical productions, including “Poe”, “The Water Hole”, “Frankenstein, Snow Maiden”, “Nightengale & The Rose”, and the children’s theatrical experience “Opossum Tails.”
Richard has recorded two CDs, “Music Magic”, which is royalty-free music for magicians, and “That 80’s Music”, a compilation of original player-piano arrangements. His original compositions can be heard on television, radio, and film, as well as being featured at the world famous Magic Castle.
Richard lives in Simi Valley, with his wife, Elly, and two beautiful children, Katelyn and Max.