Police band unveils commemorative stamps
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 18, 2013
In honor of its 120th anniversary, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band this week unveiled its commemorative stamps, which highlight several keys moments in the band’s history.
The stamps were unveiled at Police Headquarters.
Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade commended the band for its achievements over the years.
“When this stamp is attached to a piece of mail or purchased as a keepsake, it is my hope that those who will view it, will see it as a treasure piece of the story of this band and also as a testimony of the strength of an independent people,” Greenslade said.
“For the past 120 years, the Royal Bahamas Police Force has been a Bahamian national icon. This band has been used as a centerpiece to promote travel to The Bahamas and its place is etched in the historical annals of our country’s birth into nationhood 40 years ago.”
Band Director Superintendent Ronald Campbell said the stamps accentuate the band’s vast and rich history.
“A stamp represents a small piece of gummed paper that is stuck on an envelope or package to show that postage has been paid,” he said.
“Now your packages or envelops have the privilege to travel with music in the air.
“It’s no more than fitting that this stamp be released to you the public as we celebrate this milestone in the band’s rich history.”
Among the six stamps available, two documented historic events in 1948 and 1975.
The 15-cent stamp shows His Excellency Sir William Murphy KCMG, then governor of The Bahamas, presenting the Colonial Police Medal for gallantry to Constable Fred Neville Seymour on June 10, 1948.
According to the police stamp booklet, Seymour was responsible for the capture of a dangerous convict who had escaped custody.
During the capture, Seymour was wounded in a cutlass attack. The scar from that injury featured prominently on the side of his face, and can be seen on the stamp.
“Seymour was promoted to sergeant and appointed the first Bahamian conductor/bandmaster of the band. He served from 1949 to 1958,” the booklet notes.
The 25-cent stamp captures the band as it performed for the queen as she boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1975.
The 50-cent stamp shows the band performing on Bay Street; the 65-cent stamp shows the band assembled with the Atlantis Resort as the backdrop; the 70-cent stamp depicts one of the band’s drums, and the 80-cent stamp shows the police performing as they pass under Gregory’s Arch on Market Street.