In 1978 the idea of creating a Public
Relations Unit, I.E., "The Buffalo Police Dixie Cops Band." Was
suggested to, then, Police Commissioner James Cunningham by Officers
Charlie Brignone, Joe Giambra, Warren Lehmann and John DiLiberto.
Commissioner Cunningham thought it
was a great idea and the band started rehearsing at Police HQ's.
The band was so well received by the Public that they were sending
letters to the Commissioner requesting that they play at many public
functions. In fact, he received so much mail that we almost could not keep
up with the performances.
The band started out playing their instruments in plain clothes and
then the Commissioner thought it would be a great idea to wear our
uniforms. It also was very well received by the public because they had no
idea that "Policemen" could be so talented as to play musical
instruments and sound exactly like professional musicians. (Which they
The original band consisted of John DiLiberto on trumpet and Valve
Trombone; Joe Giambra on Trumpet and vocals; Lt. Ed Granger on Alto Sax
and vocals; Charlie Brignone on Drums; Warren Lehmann on Guitar and Angelo
Pintabona (City Worker) on Bass. After a year, we added Lt. Danny Williams
on Trombone; Lt. Bob Colucci on Clarinet; Keith McKendrick; Don Hunt on
saxophones and Dick Niles on Accordian.
The Band was disbanded in 1981.