Band of Brothers pipes and drums
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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Bethlehem Steel, Midwest Steel, Nat'l Park Service-Indiana Dunes, South Haven
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About Me:
I play bass for the Band of Brothers bagpipe band
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
To make a difference. I joined the pipeband to show my pride and heritage. I wanted to support the families of fallen brothers while celebrating traditions within the fireservice. Promoting healing and honor but also enjoying fellowship with my brothers who perform as piper/drummers.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
its who I am and would be lost without the job. I like being the "go to guy" under fire
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Complacency, apathy... a loss of focus and love for the job. The traditions are still there if you're still intrested in knowing what they are. Man has been putting out fire since before he knew how to make it and mistakes still keep happening that have happened previously. I wish I only played old retiree funerals and parades but its not the case.

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Overtime a Problem at your Department? This Chief has an Answer...

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

So a guy in our band says he's about to loose overtime and a station to a city with no budget and a chief out of answers. What do you think?


Fire Chief William McCorkle sees the temporary shutdown of Fire Station No. 3 as a road test toward a possible permanent closure. The station, on Colonial Drive and 37th Avenue, will be closed until July 7 due to sewer work.

That's sufficient time to determine if it's possible for the city to get by on having three… Continue

About the Band

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 2:55pm 0 Comments

The Band of Brothers pipes and drums is made up of firefighters who currently work for union departments. The body of members are from the following Chciagoland departments: Chicago, Naperville, University Park, Calumet City, Hamond, Gary, Hobart, and Frankfort. The band, formerly known as Hammond Fire Dept. pipes and drums, began in 2002 and has grown to 30+ members.

We play funerals as well as FDIC, Maryland, Colorado Springs, and various parades. We enjoy massing up with other… Continue

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Posted on April 21, 2008 at 10:08am 0 Comments


If you're into firefighting and tradition then you must have heard the bagpipes. Either at a memorial service or during FDIC somehwere along the way the drones have etched themselves into your psyche. If you would like to learn more about a pipe band in your area or if you're considering joining the ranks of us piper/drummers then go to . Theres alot of information on how some of the bands got started and the work and effort that goes into this great… Continue

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At 8:04am on January 2, 2009, Aussie Fire said…
Looking forward to hearing you guys at FDIC in April when I come over!
At 7:22pm on June 30, 2008, Bob Allard said…
any good site to download the music.
At 7:21pm on June 30, 2008, Bob Allard said…
Great page, love the music
At 1:24am on April 30, 2008, Jennifer said…
haha soapdish havent heard that in years
At 11:02am on April 28, 2008, Al said…
Thanks for the Add, great photos from FDIC.... Great time.
At 7:35am on April 27, 2008, Chad Lawson said…
doing good, how have you been ?
At 9:21pm on April 24, 2008, Eddie said…
Hey brother. I have been working on getting a band up and running for the last year. we have not had much luck. any ideas to help it happe? One problem is money to purchase drums
At 10:43am on April 19, 2008, SMOKEnPipesJim said…
welcome to FF nation .. Happy to finally see some other active bandies here .. If you look hard enough thereare currently 3 fire band groups here, None are terribly active but there is interest in what we do.. on many levels
At 6:07pm on April 16, 2008, Jim aka Bick said…
At 8:35am on April 16, 2008, Sharon Welsh said…
Welcome, I see you finally made it. Have a great week.

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