Cleveland International Tattoo

Spectacular performances of music, pageantry and dance celebrating those in uniform.

Cleveland International TattooThe Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society is proud to present the Cleveland International Tattoo Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Stand with us as we honor our fallen heroes. The 2017 Tattoo will feature the USMC Quantico Band as well as bagpipes and drums, dance and song.

2017 Event

Date: Saturday May 20, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

General admission, upper level $20
Tables for 10 people $500 (on the floor, circling the performance area)

About the Tattoo

Cleveland PiperThroughout European military history, musicians would march out from barracks at the end of the day to play signals and alert troops to return home before the castle gates were locked for the night. In the 17th Century, when these musicians called the soldiers to retire, the Dutch phrase “doe den tap toe” or “shut off the taps” could often be heard in the village pubs of Holland and Flanders. As these nightly occurrences became popular sources of entertainment to the villagers, they also became evermore elaborate. This popular tradition of public musical and drill displays evolved into the modern-day tattoo, condensed from “tap toe,” much like the solemn tune Taps.

We invite you to enjoy the displays of marching, music, dance, and song by the finest men and women from across North America, and join with our international community in remembering the fallen heroes who have returned home for the final call. The entire community joins together in remembrance, fellowship and celebration to salute our safety forces, our military and our country.

The Tattoo is open to everyone, we especially welcome families of all ages.

The CIT is produced and coordinated by the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society (GCPOMS). Each May, the GCPOMS sponsors the Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration in conjunction with National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15th). More information on events happening through the week can be found in this flier.

The premier event of each years commemoration is the Cleveland International Tattoo. In the time-honored tradition of the military tattoo, the pipes & drums of numerous police departments throughout the United States and Canada, as well as marching bands, drill teams, dance and choral groups, combine their talents in a spectacular display of pageantry and music. The entire community joins together in remembrance, fellowship and celebration to salute our safety forces, our military and our country.

This family friendly, patriotic concert highlights the best musicians, dancers and performers from across the globe. Past performers include police, military, and children s groups from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Turkey, Australia, Ukraine, Poland and Greece.

2017 Performers

Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps.

The Murphy Irish Arts Center was founded in 1978 by Sheila Murphy Crawford. Sheila is a certified Irish Dance Instructor and Adjudicator of An Commissum – the world governing organization of Irish Dance. In addition to her support of the Center, Sheila is an active member of the Cleveland Irish Community, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Irish Cultural Gardens.

The Dance School has over 260 dancers; both boys and girls participate. The dancers range in age from 5 to 45. Irish heritage is not required, all nationalities are welcome. The Murphy Irish Dancers are dedicated to preserving Irish culture and the art of Irish dance.

The CIT congratulates Murphy’s Irish Dancer’s after their strong showing representing both Cleveland and the United States in the 42nd World Irish Dance Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Welcome home.

In May of 1986, the Band first visited Cleveland at the invitation of the G.C.P.O.M.S. That first performance sparked a unique bond with the men and women of Cleveland and Chicago. We are very proud of this relationship and any influence we may have had in the formation of the Bagpipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police. Cleveland may be “The City That Rocks,” but for a weekend in May it is a special place to pay tribute, and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Bagpipes and Drums of The Emerald Society Chicago Police Department salutes your prestigious 28th year history of hosting arguably one of the finest police memorials in the country. We are proud to be a part of what you have accomplished and equally proud of all who have been inspired by this event.

Instilled with pride in their Irish heritage and dedication to their profession as New York City police officers, a small group of “Irish Cops” made the reality of the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, City of New York Police Department come to fruition in the spring of 1960. Since that time the band has been weaving its musical fabric into the tapestry of New York life and the world. The N.Y.P.D. Emerald Society Pipes and Drums is forever etched into the foundation of New York City history, have been and continue to be the inspiration for countless service pipe bands throughout the United States. The N.Y.P.D. Emerald Society Pipes and Drums was the first police service pipe and drum band in North America.

From New York to California and scores of towns and cities in between, the band has performed for hospitalized children, military veterans, captains of industry, the 1980 and 2005 Inaugural Parades for the President of the United States and perhaps most notably, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The band has also had the pleasure of performing internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland. Most recently, the band placed first in the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, a distinction they have held for the last three years. The band has also performed in several major motion pictures, including State of Grace, Ghostbusters II, and recently The Departed, as well as television shows such as NYPD Blue, Third Watch, and The Ed Sullivan Show to name a few. In addition to performing on television and in motion pictures, the band has recorded three albums. Their latest album, “Out of the Blue” was recorded and released in the summer of 2003 and has received critical acclaim.

What the band holds in highest reverence, however, is the honor and responsibility of marching home a member of the police department who has made the ultimate sacrifice. The solemnity of the line of duty funeral and the pride and pageantry of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is how most people have come to know the N.Y.P.D. Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.

The events of September 11th, 2001 tested the mettle of the band as members played countless funerals and memorial services for fallen comrades and innocent victims. The outpouring of support and prayers from around the world helped sustain the band, the department, and the citizens of New York City during their most trying hour.



All performing groups are subject to change.

Welcome Group Tours

This family friendly event will entertain and amaze your group. Unique performances by police pipe and drum bands are just the beginning. The show also includes ethnic dancers, choral groups and traditional bands. Please be sure to visit our “about the Tattoo” page, “highlight video” page and “photos” page.

For questions about the show, please call 216.538.6798 to speak with a CIT planning committee member.

Future dates are:
Saturday, May 20, 2017