The Evansville Firefighter’s Pipe and Drum Corps was established in 2006 to honor the original American Firefighter, those who have gone before us and those who have paid the ultimate price. We will also instill in our present and future ranks a new sense of pride and tradition. We do this by performing traditional American, Irish and Scottish tunes at the events and funerals of active and retired firefighters, police officers and veterans.
The Evansville Fire Department has lost over 24 men in the line of duty in its history. We honor them every year at our St. Patrick’s Celebration. This event begins with a touching Memorial Service honoring these individuals and the ultimate sacrifice they made while carrying out their mission of protecting the citizens of Evansville.
In addition to the many events and funerals for our firefighters, police officers and veterans, we also perform and participate in many different events for the community. These include, but are not limited to, educational programs for schools, entertainment for race events, weddings, fundraising programs, and private gatherings.
We are constantly trying to improve and grow as a band. We practice as regularly as our schedule allows, and send our members to piping and drumming schools and lessons when it is possible. Although we don’t compete, we try to perform at the highest level possible. Our goal is to be a part of the history and traditions of the fire department and the citizens of Evansville for years to come.
The patch that we wear on our left sleeve has an image of the Phoenix, representing a rising from the ashes and rebirth. A symbol sometimes associated with firefighting. We feel it is also a symbol for those who have gone before us and have paid the ultimate price.
The green words in the center of the patch are Celtic…