Meet the Band
History Of The Band
Celebrating nearly 2 decades of having fun and playing great music while honoring the sacrifices made by our fallen brothers and sisters before us.
The Fire Brigade Pipes & Drums is a Fire Department bagpipe band consisting of firefighters from the Baltimore Metropolitan Area and the surrounding counties. Our mission is to represent the pride and sacrifice of the Fire Service and to celebrate its heritage.
Pipe and drum bands are at the core of the fire department tradition. They are a symbol of firefighters' strength, values, and brotherhood.
The idea to start a bagpipe band for our fire department had been discussed from time to time. After 9/11/2001 some members of the band attend the funerals of our fallen brothers in New York City. After returning home the discussions continued with renewed interest and in January of 2004 a group of firefighters got together at the Westview Fire Station and started putting together a pipe band for our Department.
In February 2004 the band consisting primarily of firefighters and firefighters' family members became the first Fire Department Pipe Band in Maryland. On April 19, 2004 the band was granted non-profit status under section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Our mission is to represent the pride and sacrifice of the Fire Service and to celebrate its heritage. We have had the pleasure to perform at several venues. We have played retirements, expos, parades, and parties. We have had the solemn duty to play at numerous fallen heroes ceremonies and at the funerals of our fallen brothers and sisters.
When we started the band it was decided that we would accept firefighters and their immediate family members from the greater Baltimore area, both career and volunteer. We now have members from Baltimore County and City, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Montgomery County and Carroll County. We accept members with or without experience. You only need to be a Firefighter, Paramedic or EMT, paid or volunteer, or family member and be willing to practice.