Thank you for dropping by the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums website. We're
a band grounded in the NY Fire Department heritage. We have evolved from a rich
Gaelic tradition to perform for fire department functions, community service
events, corporate events, and musical venues. We have served for the past 46
years with our love of music and community service.
The New York City Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, a nonprofit
organization, is composed entirely of either retired, or active New York City
Firefighters. Prior to 9/11/01, our main source of income was derived from performing
at parades, special concerts, volunteer apparatus dedications, etc. However,
since 9/11, because of our dedication in providing dignity to the member and
their families at over 500 funerals and memorial dedications, the Band has grown
increasingly popular among the Department, and with that popularity, it has
almost doubled in size.
Normally, growth in any organization is a good thing, and what every group
strives for, but with this unprecedented growth comes the problem of providing
uniforms and equipment for the new members. In 2007, our quartermaster reported
that to provide a uniform for a new member now costs over $5000. Throw in the
fact that almost all the uniforms in existence after 9/11 will need replacement,
because of their almost daily usage for those two years and on, and you can
plainly see our dilemma.
As civil servants, we certainly know that money is tight, and most people
are suffering from the current economic downturn, but we would like to say that
anything, no matter how much, would be greatly appreciated. And remember that
all donations are tax-deductible.
The band would like to thank those who have generously contributed in the
If you or your corporation would like to make a donation to New York City's premier Fire Department bagpipe band, we invite you to use one of the following:
FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
420 64th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209
* Please make checks payable to: FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums
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