BRITISH High Commissioner Roderick Drummond was left impressed after his visit to the Fiji Police Band, saying he would do what he could to help it.
Band master ASP Sakiusa Tikotani said Great Britain had been instrumental in the institutionalisation of Fiji, including the police force and band.
"It's a history that has left an indelible mark on our nation and her people," he said.
Mr Drummond said the force played a critical role in keeping the peace, particularly during the period of democratic transition.
He said he was "impressed and touched" by the band's abilities, and that they deserved to be heard by a wider audience.
ASP Tikotani requested support from the high commission for the purchase of new musical equipment.
He said the bulk of the band's equipment was surviving from its 800 pound purchase in 1958.
"The introduction of new musical instruments would add more flavour to our capability, including the addition of bagpipes and the introduction of a music academy," ASP Tikotani said.
He said members of the band needed more exposure and opportunity for training abroad.