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below Magic Dragon is Lakes area Fools (Missouri )
Wake and district is a Police fire EMS group From North Carolina (this is generation 2 Bass style
3) Oswego Illinois FF P&D 2012
Today I had a moment and wrote and recieved this from Mike , the Pipe Major OF KV... I was not too Far off , however St John's Firefighters Band is still around and while they loaned some equiptment so happy about that !!
My name is Mike and I'm the pipe major of the KV Pipes and Drums. Thanks for your question and the info; very interesting!
We started a few years ago and the initial group of people interested to learn to play the pipes or drum were firefighters. We used their facilities for practice space - first a conference room at one of the stations, then a community hall above another station, and at times in the apparatus hall. Some of the initial fire fighters have not continued with lessons, but we still have a core of 5-6 firefighters and a few others who express interest but just haven't been able to make the personal time commitment to learn.
So, long story short, we are very appreciative of the support of the KV Fire Department and it's members, and we also have members who are doctors, nurses, and other public servants, so we thought some variation of the maltese or Saint Florian cross in our band crest would be a nice homage to those folks.
Coincidentally, we are having a joint practice with the Saint John Fire Fighters Pipe Band tonight. Although their numbers have dropped off dramatically over the past several years, there is a still a few folks carrying on, giving lessons, and we've joined them on occasion to help bolster their ranks, and they've returned the favour as well. They also helped us out early on buy lending drums and we still wear a few kilts we borrowed from them.
Thanks for your interest, Mike
back in 1980 St John New Brunswick Canada's Firefighters began ONE of the earliest Pipe bands In North America, certainly Canada... they had a "cheesy Yahoo or Lycos Web Page" and Being they are "that old" I wondered if or how long they would maintain...I also became aware of a New band IN the same (sorta general region) I happened to catch the Facebook page of the new Band, who recieved the Old St John's IAFF locat Bass drum, st20johnbass.jpg which was recently upgraded and kv%20stjnb.png The KV band has Pictures going back a short time , It seems as if St John had some drummers left but no pipers... KV does have a maltese Cross in its logo, and while the earlier pics many folks look the part the newer pics have a Civilian feel to them...I'll let you know If I find out any more..
Gert, rest assured I was not trying to come across, The wrong way by stating that, Only that with the explosional/Growth of piping In general, fueled in part thanks to the internet (on many levels) One of my favorite websites of all time was an electronic Bagpipe Midi site which was one of several that were Forced down...My point is as much as I understand you'r wanting something "new and differant" If everyone out there played Ob-La-Di%2COb-La-Da-1.jpg on the bagpipes Imagine how much richer Paul McCartney would be?
I am aware of the copyright aspect and in no means dont respect the work that goes into finding/rewriting tunes for the bagpipe.I am just no good at it meself and , trust me, I have tried and tried again (bringing out the tissues here). By the way, I really do enjoy this site......aint the internet wonderful in many ways?
Regards from abroad :-)
Gert, One aspect that we all need to consider but often do NOt is that some of Bergan County's Music is Copyrighted as they've recorded several Albums. Obviously In some ways, I've accounted for around about 270-280 Fire service related bands add with that a Guessed number of 350-400 Police bands worldwide,Civilain and Military Pipe bands and obviously the potential number to times youmight hear Scotland the Brave or Amazing Grace is enough to make anyone ill..lol and realisticly how many Musicians will pen they're own music? (small percentage) so the next best thing is to do is "Look for" tunes that have Parts that are totally recognizable, within the scale ofthe pipes and how to make it "work" ... In Bergens' case they choose a couple good tunes, But then so have the red hot chili pipers... I've grasped a few of my own that you wouldnt expect from Classical to Elvis and more some of these things require you just to figure out something for yourself..it goes along with the Music sharing sites that popped up 20 years ago, and the Tune writers who had to sue various Forums and venuesto protect they're own hard work.. In these days of everyone want ,but no one wants to work to get it ..I'll see If I can get a response, if I do I'll forward if Via this site..
I wonder if any of you guys can help me.
I am trying to get the scores for the Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Bands repertoire, the more "exotic" tunes, that is.
I havent had any luck trying to contact the band via homesite, Facebook etc. Even mailing the PM didnt do me any good, as my Yahoo mail couldnt deliver the mail (?).
Would really appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction.
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