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 past.

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:

By Mail
FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
145 Park Place
Apt. 2B
Brooklyn, NY 11217

* Please make checks payable to: FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums