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Comment by matt wells on March 29, 2015 at 11:43am

Fellow Firefighters and Pipers, I am reaching out to to you to ask for your support. Our band is headed to Scotland to compete in the World Bagpipe Competition in Glasgow in August. We are offering these decals for $3:00 each or 2 for $5.00 to help offset the cost of buses to and from the Games. Our Band web site is, we are mostly fire/ems service and appreciate you help. For decals send sase, #63/4works but #10 envelope is better esp. for multiple decals. Leave message in my inbox and I will give you address to mail to.

Thank you in advance,


Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on January 18, 2013 at 11:25pm

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?

Comment by Gert Krowicki on January 8, 2013 at 4:41am

Thanks Jim,

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  :-)

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on January 7, 2013 at 7:52pm

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 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  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..

Comment by Gert Krowicki on January 3, 2013 at 5:50am

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.

Comment by RevJerry Fales Chaplain oms on October 6, 2012 at 2:15pm

May GOD Bless  all our Brothers/Sisters this week of Fire Pevention and all year keep us safe and Alert,and for those who gave it thier all and never returned,may they be with GOD and thier souls REST IN PEACE,AMEN.

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on July 16, 2012 at 9:34pm

Good news,  TheBand  member  doing the documentary  on  FDNY's  emeralds  50 years  Film  did  earn  enough support to fund the Making of the movie   Great news

Comment by David "Gigahertz" Fox on May 22, 2012 at 12:15pm


Thanks for the link to the trailer!  I'm looking forward to the documentary.  A real inspiration!

Happy Birthday FDNY Pipes and Drums!

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on May 22, 2012 at 11:42am

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on May 22, 2012 at 11:39am

For those who  don't know , 2012 is  the 50th anniversary for the Emerald Society Band Of  the Fire  Department city  Of New York, They were  the 1st  fire service  pipe band in The U.S., They played the  Ed Sullivan Show  a couple years  before  The Beatles  when they  made they  debut in the early... 60's   this is a trailer  to the Documentary we can expect out this  fall..... yes  several Charter Members still actively play with the band......which is  astounding ....truely astounding.... Trailer


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