Montgomery County Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums

Brotherhood Through Music since 2005

The Montgomery County Firefighter Pipes and Drums is a combination pipe band serving the greater Washington area and beyond.

Photograph by Peter Leong 

Photograph by Peter Leong 

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The Montgomery County Firefighter Pipes and Drums is a combination pipe band serving the greater Washington area and beyond.
Our goal is to preserve the Fire Department's Scottish and Irish heritages through the great highland bagpipes and drums. With the commitment and dedication to our music and our motto, “Brotherhood through Music”, we will strive to represent every aspect of the fire service and its tradition with respect and honor.

 

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New Member Q & A

Q: What positions are available?

A: Bagpipes, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, Drum Major, Color Guard and Booster.

Q: Who can be in the band?

A: Any MCFRS FF or EMT active or retired. Any family member of MCFRS, Any outside agency police, fire, EMT or Military. Any person not affiliated with a public safety department not to exceed 20% of band membership.

Q: How much money will this cost me to start?

A: $50 application fee. Band provides piper students with a practice chanter and instructional book. Students are encouraged to purchase their own chanter which is approximately $60 for chanter. Drumming students will need to purchase sticks and a practice pad for approximately $50..

Q: When and where do you practice?

A: Wednesday nights in Mt. Airy at 7:00pm, subject to change with advanced notification.

Q: Who purchases my instrument?

A: Each individual will purchase their own instrument. Bagpipes $1200 Snare $700 Tenor $500 Bass drum no cost (band owned).

Q: What does the band supply?

A: At this time the band supplies 2 Badges, 1 Doublet, Plaid Broach, Hose and Free instruction.

Q: What uniform items do I purchase?

A: Each uniform item will be purchased over time period as you progress with instrument of choice. Kilt, Sporran, Glengarry.

Q: What kind of commitment do I need to make?

A: Attend practice sessions as much as possible to progress on your instrument. We have quarterly band meetings and fundraising events we will need you to attend. When you are proficient in playing your chosen instrument you will play band events as an active member.

Q: How do I start?

A: Send an Email to recruitment@mcffpipesanddrums.org  Come to practice!