CES PIPE MAJOR
STEVE JOHNSTON, WEST METRO FIRE
WHO IS THE COLORADO EMERALD SOCIETY PIPE BAND?
The Colorado Emerald Society Pipe Band is a volunteer organization associated with the non-profit group Colorado Emerald Society. The band is comprised of members of the fire service and law enforcement communities dedicated to honoring OUR FALLEN, and preserving the Celtic heritage of our professions.
WHAT DO WE DO?
While the primary purpose of the band is to be available to honor fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers, we play numerous performances, fundraisers and memorials throughout the year. The Colorado Emerald Society Pipe Band participates annually in the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Law Enforcement Memorial at Camp George West, Colorado Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Lakewood and the IAFF National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs The Band would love to play your event!
WHEN DO WE PRACTICE?
The pipe band practices Monday evenings at 6:30 PM at Camp George West, Bldg. 100. We are always looking for new members, with or without experience! We have members who will work with new members on the bagpipes, drums or Irish dance. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your are interested in learning our music or Irish dancing.
The association of bagpipes with law enforcement and fire departments in the United States can be attributed to a group of immigrants who filled the ranks of the early public safety departments- the Irish. The Irish immigrant brought many of their traditions to the United States, including the bagpipe. The prevalence of the Irish in the early history of American law enforcement and fire service brought together the well known association of the bagpipe with public safety The important role that pipe bands play in safety ceremonies is clearly illustrated by their presence throughout the country.
The Colorado Emerald Society is a social organization that helps keep the traditions of the Irish in public safety alive. A large part of Emerald Society tradition is the development of pipe bands to provide musical support at fire and police memorials and ceremonies. The commitment to provide this service to the Colorado Public Safety community drove the development of the Colorado Emerald Society Pipe Band. The band was formed with a clear mission statement:
The mission and values of the Colorado Emerald Society Pipe Band are to develop and maintain a band that is dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and musical quality. The band’s commitment to excellence will be guided by the understanding that it represents not only the Colorado Emerald Society, but all Colorado Public Safety Professionals. For further information on the CES Pipe Band click on the brochure icon.
SALE ITEMS & DONATIONS
The Colorado Emerald Society Pipe Band
is a volunteer organization associated with the non-profit organization, the Colorado Emerald Society. All of our expenses for uniforms and travel are paid by the individual members. To recoup some of those expenses, the CES Pipe Band sells T-shirts that can be purchased for $20.00.
Law Enforcement T ~Black w/small CES Law
Enforcement emblem on the pocket. Large emblem on the back with the words, “Colorado’s Finest Wear Kilts” frames the emblem.
Fire Service T ~Dark Blue w/small CES firefighter emblem on the pocket.
Large emblem on the back with the words, “Colorado’s Bravest Wear Kilts” frames the emblem.
TO PURCHASE YOUR SHIRT CONTACT:
The band will happily accept your donation. We are a 501(c) (3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible. To make a donation, click on the donation button above and write in “Pipe Band”. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Breckenridge, Colorado July 4, 2009
Annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day parade winds through LoDo
By Alison Noon
The Denver Post
DENVER, CO. – MARCH 15: Drum Major Steve Smith leads the Colorado Emerald Society down Blake St. during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver, CO March 15, 2014. (Photo By Craig F. Walker / The Denver Post)