Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band – to the Inauguration!

By Faye Higbee

The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band is headed to DC. Over and above all the controversy over the Trump Inauguration, their 40 member volunteer group has been chosen to perform in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural parade, an honor they don’t plan to miss.

The groups’ manager and a drummer, Alan Jacoby, and one of their bagpipers, Andrew Longaro, contacted Uncle Sam’s to share their story. They’ve been practicing furiously for this event, both inside and outside. They are ready and excited about going to DC!

This special band from Long Island has been around since 1985, when the Lynbrook Fire Department decided to create a County wide Emerald Society. On their website, a history of the group is listed:

 In 1989, the band played at the dedication of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Eisenhower Park. In 1990, the band played the ceremony honoring the heroes of the Avianca plane crash. The band has also performed in St. Patrick’s Day Parades in New York City and Indianapolis. Since 2001 the band has performed every year in the Savannah, Georgia St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

We have also played in the fire service themed Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Delray Beach, Florida. In 2002 the band played for President George W. Bush at a 9/11-dedication ceremony. The band has also performed at halftime shows for the New York Jets in 2002, 2014 and 2016. In 2005 with the help of Drum Sergeant Sean Mckeon, the band released its first self-titled CD. In 2012 under the leadership of Pipe Major Anthony Paolicelli, the band released its second CD “Second Alarm,” both CDs are still available for purchase on iTunes.

In 2015 the band was featured in the PNC Christmas Price Index Twelve Days of Christmas Commercial as 11 Pipers Piping, which received over 200,000 hits on Youtube. We are also proud to have been named the Nassau County Parade Champions in 2008 and 2009, and New York State Parade Champions in 2005, 2009, and 2011. We placed 2nd in the New York State Parade in 2013, which just makes us hungrier for another championship. 

You can hear some of their other songs on iTunes. They have performed at parades, memorials, in pubs, in stadiums, you name it, and are well known throughout New York. You can also find them on YouTube.

The sounds of the Emerald Isles have a special place for firefighters and law enforcement around the nation. The band will be 10th in the first division of the lineup. The parade starts at 3 p.m. Eastern. Their Facebook page is here.

Being chosen to play at the Presidential Inaugural Parade is an amazing honor for all 40 members. We’re proud of you!

Photo from the group’s GoFundMe Page

The band is made up of active and non-active firefighters, a handful of Law Enforcement and Civilians. All of them are proud to represent Nassau County at the 2017 Event!

If you’d like to help them with lodging and meals for their band members, you can contribute here.


Featured photo: Nassau County Firefighters band screenshot from local newspaper