The tradition of bagpipes played at fire department and police department funerals in the United States goes back over one hundred fifty years. When the Irish and Scottish immigrated to this country, they brought many of their traditions with them. One of these was the bagpipe, often played at Celtic weddings, funerals and ceilis. The music of the pipes and drums breath a sense of passion and pride to all those who hear it.
Associated with cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, pipe bands representing both fire and police often have more than 100 uniformed playing members. They are also traditionally affiliated with Emerald Societies representing various police, fire and emergency services and agencies. The primary mission of all of these bands is to honor their fallen comrades who gave their lives in the line of duty.
Our mission is to provide a distinguished tribute FOR OUR FALLEN comrades – and to be of service to the family, friends and co-workers of public safety employees of Raleigh, Wake County and all those who serve and protect in the State of North Carolina. We desire to strengthen relations between the protective services and the public and to preserve cultural heritage and enrich our community by providing traditional Bagpipe and Drum music. The right things for the right reasons…
In the highest tradition – the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums were patterned after the well-known “Black Watch” regiment, the 42nd Highland Light Infantry. The Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment was the first kilted regiment in the British Army - and the first to introduce the bagpipes and drums.
The rank and file of our organization are from numerous police, fire and rescue agencies in the Raleigh/Durham region – alongside active and retired members of the United State Military. In addition to those public safety and military members we are proud to be one of a handful of public safety bands which allow family members and friends to join our ranks. Our members remain focused on future achievement, despite all of our past accomplishments. We take great pride in all we have accomplished and realize there is always a higher level of excellence to be won. We strive to be humble and grateful for our members, our collective talents and hard work, and the opportunities we have to perform and grow.
“The bagpipe is much used by the Irish. To its sounds, this unconquered, fierce, and warlike people march their armies, and are encouraged to feats of valor. With it, they also carry their dead to the grave, making such a mournful sound, as to force the bystander to weep”. – Vincenzo Galilei, 1581… Today, the sound of the pipes together with the slow beat of the drums have come to be a distinguishing feature of a fallen hero’s funeral. FOR OUR FALLEN is everything we stand for.