Pipes & Drums of California Professional Firefighters

Pipesanddrumsportrait1In the grand tradition of honoring fallen colleagues, the Pipes and Drums of California Professional Firefighters was created to perform at memorial services honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

Since its inception in 1999, the corps has grown from a few members to 26 individuals. Each musician is a paid, career or retired firefighter, whose participation in the Pipe and Drum Band is entirely on a volunteer basis.

The primary motivation behind creation of the Pipes and Drums of CPF was to have a dignified, traditional presence at the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento.

The Pipes and Drums of CPF gave its premiere performance at CPF’s 37th state convention in April of 2000. Since then, it has performed at a numberpipesanddrumsportrait2 of firefighter memorial services, including the unveiling of the California Firefighters Memorial and the October 2001 California Memorial Service and Procession of Heroes honoring the victims of the 9-11 tragedy.

The group has also performed at the Firefighter Olympics, San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and at several professional sports events.

The Pipes and Drums of CPF has become a popular fixture at important gatherings of firefighters. Playing in the great tradition of Scottish bagpipe bands, the group lends an air of dignity and honor to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

To view photos of the band, click HERE

The current membership of the Pipes and Drums of California Professional Firefighters:

Shirley Allen, San Bernardino City
Dane Bode, Los Angeles County Fire
Jay Bowdler, Sacramento City
Bill Broderick, Lodi FD
Jason Buchanan, Anaheim Fire and Rescue
Rodney Cordero, Oakland
David (Mike) Donley, Sacramento City
Gabriel Ferrer, Rancho Cucamonga
Jeff Hahn, Vista
Brad Hansen, Sacramento City

Tim Laff, Lemon Grove

For more information about the Pipes and Drums of the CPF, or to request the band for a memorial service or event, contact the California Fire Foundation at cafirefoundation@cpf.org.

Download sheet music here.