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Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums

History

 

In the spring of 2001, the concept of creating a firefighters bagpipe and drums band in Rhode Island was discussed. In June of 2001, at the RI State Association of firefighters monthly meeting, flyers were handed out to organize a band. On September 10, 2001, we had our first organizational meeting at the LeFoyer Club in Pawtucket, RI. At the first meeting 17 firefighters from around the state participated and joined the effort. By November of 2001 we had 54 applications, and by January of 2002, 34 members were learning to play an instrument.

The Providence Firefighters local 799 offered their Union hall for practice on Monday nights, and donated an office for use by the executive committee. While continuing practice on our chanter and drum pads the members began fundraisers to purchase drums and uniforms. Today we have outfitted 34 members with the Royal Stewart Kilt, White Uniform dress shirt with department Patch on the left sleeve, and band patch on the right sleeve, Glengarry with department hat badge, navy blue hose with red flashers. We have purchased 3 base drums, 7 snare drums, and the Drum Majors mace and sash. The pipers have all purchased their own instruments and the organization continues to buy assorted equipment. No band would be complete without an Honor Guard in front of it to proudly march with flags purchased by the band.

Our first appearance or major event for the community was held on April 4, 2002 where the band did the opening ceremonies for the Pawtucket Red Sox Triple A baseball team at McCoy Stadium. This event was held in honor of the FDNY, NYPD, and PAPD who were killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. All honor Guards from RI and Eastern Massachusetts’s police and fire departments were invited by the staff of McCoy Stadium. The RI Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums proudly lead them on to the field where ceremonies took place.

Numerous fire department functions across the state have been our most enjoyable engagements. Seeing and listening to the remarks of our brother and sister firefighters is truly inspirational. Unfortunately we have had the sad task of playing at many funerals for both active and retired members from around the State.

Our band proudly marches in parades throughout the State of RI. Look on our band schedule page for our list of appearances.

With the organization’s dedicated members, the Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums band will march into the next millennium with future band members from around the State of RI.

 

 

                         2001 - 2016 BAND ROSTER

Name Department Rank Position Pic
Bailey Shawn     no picture
Robert Bradley Central Falls Fire Dept. Chief of Department Bagpiper no picture
Ted Brady North Providence Fire Dept. Firefighter Snare Drummer no picture
Brisk Mark     no picture
Ken Brown Smithfield Fire Dept.
Retired
FireFighter Color Guard no picture
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Bill Callanan North Smithfield Fire Dept. Captain Bagpiper no picture
       
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Al Clarke North Kingston - Retired Lieutenant Color Guard Sergeant/Pipe Major no picture
Steve Como North Providence Fire Dept. FireFighter Snare Drummer no picture
Joe Cordeiro Pawtucket Fire Dept. - Retired Captain Snare Drummer no picture
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Oscar Elmasian East Providence Fire Dept. Chief of Department Drum Sergeant no picture
Ryan Elmasian Johnston Fire Dept. FireFighter Bass Drummer no picture
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Paul Gagnon West Warwick Fire Dept. FireFighter
LODD
Color Guard no picture
Mike Galasso Wrentham Fire Dept. FireFighter/Paramedic Student Bagpiper/
Color Guard
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Robert Gerlach Smithfield Fire Dept. Lieutenant Color Guard no picture
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Ned Grady Cranston Fire Dept. - Retired Battalion Chief Snare Drummer no picture
Russ Hayes Newport Police Dept. Detective Lieutenant Bagpiper no picture
David Homen Tiverton Fire Dept. Lieutenant Tenor Drummer no picture
Cynthia Horan Exeter Rescue Private Color Guard/President no picture
Robert Jarvis Providence Fire Dept. - Retired Investigator Tenor Drummer no picture
Mike Labonte Lonsdale Fire Dept. FireFighter Bass Drummer no picture
Andrew Laird FDNY Private Bagpiper no picture
Will Maher Pawtucket Fire Dept. Firefighter Tenor Drummer no picture
Norm Malbouf North Smithfield Fire Dept. Captain Snare Drummer no picture
'Sam' Allen Manley Westport Fire Dept.   Bagpiper no picture
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Ray Martineau Woonsocket Fire Dept.
retired
Captain Tenor Drummer no picture
Mike Martino Quonset Fire Crash Rescue Student Drummer no picture
Rich McDonagh North Attelboro Fire Department Firefighter Pipe Sargent click for picture
John McKenna East Greenwich Fire Dept. - Retired Chief of Department Bagpiper click for picture
Scott McLaughlin Narragansett Fire Dept. Lieutenant Snare Drummer no picture
Fred Melnyk     Bass Drummer no picture
Jacob Morgan       no picture
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Kerry O'Meara Providence Police Dept. - Retired Detective Tenor Drummer no picture
Benjamin Octeau     no picture
Carl Pecchia Warwick Fire Dept.
retired
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Scott Perkins West Warwick Fire Dept. Captain Pipe Major click for picture
John Polacek Woonsocket Fire Dept. Lieutenant Tenor Drummer no picture
Dana Potter Massport Fire Dept. Captain Drum Sergeant / Instructor click for picture
Alan Rainville Woonsocket Fire Dept.
Retired
Rescue Captain Bagpiper no picture
Doug Randall North Providence Fire Dept.
Retired
  Tenor Drummer no picture
Mark Reimels Tiverton Fire Dept. Lieutenant Bagpiper no picture
Tom Rimoshytus Cranston Fire Dept. Lieutenant Bagpiper no picture
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Heather Scott Band Instructor no picture
Steve Sherry Pawtucket Fire Dept. - Retired FireFighter Bagpiper no picture
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Steve Small Pawtucket Fire Dept. FireFighter Bagpiper
Supply Sgt.
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Charles Stimpson Cumberland Rescue Tenor Drummer no picture
Mike Stone Narragansett Fire Dept. - Retired Captain Bagpiper/Instructor no picture
William Sullivan Lincoln Rescue Snare Drummer no picture
Mike Thurber Pawtucket Fire Dept. Lieutenant Tenor Drummer mike thurber
Robert Thurber Pawtucket Fire Dept.
retired
Captain  Snare Drummer no picture
Robert Thurber III Pawtucket Fire Dept. FireFighter Bass Drummer no picture
Bruce Turner Taunton Police Dept. - Retired Patrolman
deceased
Bass Drummer no picture
         

 

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