The Great Highland Bagpipes have a long and colorful history with the Calgary Fire Department. In one way or another, the pipes and drums have been around since the turn of the century.
In the summer of 2001, a group of firefighter/pipers began organizing what would soon become the “The Calgary Firefighters Piping Society”. The original goal of the Society was to both promote the playing of the bagpipes and to standardize the dress and deportment for Fire Department Pipers
Interest in piping and drumming within the department soon began to grow. By 2005, the society had grown to fifteen members. The suggestion was made that the “Piping Society” be officially recognized as the “Calgary Fire Department Pipes & Drums”.
Membership in the Calgary Fire Department Pipes & Drums is restricted to professional firefighters of the Calgary Fire Department. Our members volunteer hundreds of hours representing and promoting the City of Calgary, the Calgary Fire Department and the International Association of Firefighters Local 255 at dozens of events per year. The Band is proud to take part in Fire Academy graduation ceremonies, funerals, parades and a wide variety of special events.
The Calgary Fire Department Pipes & Drums have traveled throughout North America to take part in charitable events and memorial services marking Fire Service “Line of Duty Deaths”.