Pipes & Drums

The Pipes Are Calling

Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu is credited with saying, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  This is certainly true with the San Diego Law Enforcement Emerald Society Pipes & Drums.

Since its establishment in 1999, it has been a goal of the Society to establish a Pipe & Drum band. While never lacking in desire, we lacked in skills, knowledge and ability.

Finally in the summer of 2014, we took our "first step".  After many years of careful thought and deliberation - and a significant amount of procrastination - a group was called together to evaluate assets, identify our needs and structure the plan to build the band and accompanying Color Guard.  The continuing hope is that the band will be assisted financially by the various law enforcement agencies and associations within San Diego County, truly making the San Diego Law Enforcement Emerald Society Pipe & Drums the pipe band for the entire region.

The mission of the pipe band is to participate in various law enforcement ceremonies and charitable events benefiting law enforcement agencies within San Diego County.  The most solemn among these, of course, is to play for those who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty.  While we hope we never have that duty, we feel it would be more meaningful to have actual law enforcement officers playing for our fallen brother or sister in arms. 

No previous musical experience is required to join the band and the first practices were humbling, and some were to never return. However some persevered and are working their way to proficiency, if not excellence in both the bagpipe and drums.

In addition to providing lessons, we are in the process of purchasing instruments, identifying tartan, uniform specifications and badge & patch designs.  The process is slow, but we are hoping to create a band that honors the proud traditions of the Irish, while also paying tribute to the contributions made to American law enforcement by those of us with Irish heritage.






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