Pipe bands performing at Trump events

Published: January 18, 2017
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Piping and drumming will be heard at the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. The DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes & Drums accepted the invitation to play at the “Voices of the People ” event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on the morning of January 20th.

The Celtic United Pipes & Drums of Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, and South Park & District Pipe Band of South Orange, New Jersey, are also performing in the event, and the Nassau Firefighters and Coastal Florida Police & Fire pipe bands of Levittown, New York, and Jacksonville, Florida, respectively, and the New York Police Department Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, United States Border Patrol Pipes & Drums and the Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes of South Carolina are among the bands taking part in the inauguration parade in the afternoon, following Trump taking the oath of office on the Capitol steps.

The DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes & Drums on parade in 2016. [Photo used with permission]

Except for the Grade 3 NYPD Emerald Society, none of the bands are registered competing bands with the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association according to the EUSPBA’s current list of members.

The Voices of the People event will be followed by the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” that will be broadcast live with musical acts Toby Keith, Jon Voight, Jennifer Holliday, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, RaviDrums, 3 Doors Down, and The Frontmen of Country.

Along with the aforementioned artists, the DCFD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums have bucked what seemed to be a strong trend of musical acts refusing to participate in the inauguration for political reasons and the risk of alienating their liberal fans. A Bruce Springsteen cover group, the B-Street Band, even pulled of playing for one of the many balls . . .


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  1. fedgley@cogeco.ca

    You know, there are drug tests for athletes. If there is a hint of a substance which MAY have been administered by a third party, which MAY have been with or without the athlete’s knowledge, and which MAY have affected the outcome of the event, the governing body of the event would have stripped away the MEDAL. It’s curious, then, that a sports event should have this level of responsibility, but the most consequential government should not! I’m with Mr.Lewis on this one! As far as the pipe bands are concerned, I’m glad to see the competition bands are staying away from this event. I guess there is a measure of quality which is not just musical.

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