SHOUT OUT: The popular Icebreaker gathering at Ross Dock along the Hudson River at the foot of the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs has been rescheduled for Aug. 16 after it was postponed earlier this month by a tropical storm.
Last year’s “Icebreaker” drew several hundred people as part of a weekend-long celebration of the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County’s 20th anniversary, capped by a massive concert at bergenPAC.
Pipe and drum bands came from Chicago, Boston and other cities, as did first responders from throughout the tri-state area and beyond.
The weather was outstanding.
That wasn’t the case the first weekend of June: Tropical storm cancels Bergen police band’s popular ‘Icebreaker’ event on Hudson
The Bergen pipe and drum band was created 21 years ago by current drum major Michael Conway and retired detective George Kellinger to honor Doug Connell, a founding member of the NYPD’s Emerald Society.
Over the year’s, Bergen’s unit has become one of the country’s most popular. It has been the lead band at many parades — leading “The Fighting 69th” up 5th Avenue for New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade the past several years — and an integral part of 9/11 commemorations for more than a decade.