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DUBUQUE FIRE PIPES AND DRUMS
In the early 1800s the Irish immigrated to the United States during the Great Potato Famine in Ireland. The only jobs they could generally get were dirty and dangerous like firefighting and law enforcement. During a working fire, it was not uncommon for firefighters to die. During the funeral, the pipes were played. After this tradition began, non-Irish firefighters requested the pipes be played at their funerals.
The drums and uniforms are traditionally bought by the band. The bagpiper purchases their own pipes. Drums range from $600 for a snare drum to $1200 for a bass drum. Basic uniforms begin around $1000 per member.
By 2010 the group had performed at "Music in the Park" with the Tri-State Wind Symphony, the Irish Hooley, East Dubuque Fire Department's 125th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony and Parade, and the Monroe Cheese Festival Parade.
Allow Me to Introduce the Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums. www.iafireassn.org/PDFs/dfpd%20letter%20to%20fire%20depts.pdf
Ironside, Mike. "Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums." http://www.dubuque365.com/ArticleDetailsPage/tabid/65/ArticleID/190/Dubuque-Fire-Pipes-Drums.aspx
"2010 Season of the Arts," Julien's Journal, October 2010, p. 58