Baltimore Bagpiper

August 10, 2012
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Fifty trips to ny to honor a number of the 343 firefighters which passed away inside aftermath of 9/11 helped ignite a notion inside head of Howard County Assistant Fire Chief J. Mark Richards, resulting in a mission he could be carrying out these days.

Standing at attention a number of dozen different times while playing bagpipers play as pallbearers carried the caskets of those nyc firefighters, he understood just what he wanted to do: assist form a pipeline musical organization back Maryland.

Richards made those trips a decade ago along with other county firefighters during off-duty hours to Staten Island and Manhattan to attend funeral and memorial solutions held in the vicinity of the whole world Trade Center's double towers.

Today, Richards is within his fourth year as pipeline significant of this Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums of Greater Baltimore, that was established in 2004 with 12 people. He now heads a roster of 50 active and retired firefighters — just who primarily hail from Howard and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City — in playing bagpipes and drums.

A contingent of the kilt-wearing Fire Brigade performed at Firehouse Expo 2011, held during the Baltimore Convention Center final week-end and attended by numerous of firefighters from around the world, additionally the state's first pipe band is fielding multiple demands for tenth anniversary ceremonies establishing 9/11.

"all of us have these types of great admiration for what our fellow firefighters achieved in the line of responsibility on Sept. 11, 2001, and beyond, " stated Richards, whom lives in Carroll County. "Performing utilizing the pipe musical organization brings forth that pleasure and respect."

The poignant noise regarding the bagpipes evokes feelings that accompany every firefighter's feeling of patriotism, duty and sacrifice, he said.

"There's no grey area when it comes to their particular distinct sound, however, " Richards stated. "either you like loud, shrill music they generate or you do not."

Richards ended up being known as to their fire department position in January and has 37 many years of service to Howard County. He had been a volunteer firefighter in Carroll County before that.

"Being a firefighter could be the just thing I ever before remember planning to do, and so I imagine you might state I'm residing the fantasy, " he stated of his present advertising. He included he'd "always enjoyed working the calls" and he still responds to large fires, weather emergencies and situations with multiple casualties.

Make that double aspirations, really, since he's valued bagpipe songs for many years.

Residents for the 21043 ZIP rule have probably heard the musicians exercising at Ellicott City Fire Station 2 for just two hours every single other Tuesday evening since 2006, possibly without knowing where in fact the music was originating (the section reaches Montgomery Road and Old Columbia Pike). Regarding alternative Tuesdays, they apply in Pikesville, another centrally located fire place.

Source: articles.baltimoresun.com
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