Pipes & Drums is a valued, volunteer service unit operated by Boone County Fire Protection District to honor the firefighter tradition throughout central Missouri. The band plays for parades, civic, and charity events, including statewide ceremonies held in Jefferson City, fire and police service events, for veterans participating in Honor Flight Welcome Home ceremonies, and at fallen firefighter funerals and memorials. The band culture is one of openness to all who are interested in traditional Scottish and Irish music and participating in the band. Our goals are to meet high standards when playing bagpipe band music, honor the historical and ceremonial traditions of playing the Great Highland Bagpipe, and proudly represent the Boone County Fire Protection District to its constituents.
The band is currently made up of 9 pipers and 6 drummers, under the leadership of Jane Rabeni, Piper Major and John Cunning, Drum Major. Band members come from all walks of life, including students, homemakers, employed staff and professionals, retirees, and BCFPD volunteer firefighters.
The band plays traditional Scottish and Irish tunes as well as patriotic and ceremonial music. The band is continually growing, learning new repertoire to be performed for parades, in smaller group settings, and as solo work for weddings, funerals, celebrations, and other events.
The band season is active August through May of each year with approximately 20 performances annually. Band practices are held at BCFPD Headquarters on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm, with additional instruction for new members available 5:00-6:00 pm prior to full band rehearsals. When the band is on break during the summer months, individuals and small groups are always available to perform.
|Sterling Price Festival Parade||Brunswick|
|Pecan Festival Parade||Columbia|
Nov. 10/11 *
|Veteran’s Day Parade||Columbia|
|BCFPD Appreciation Banquet||Columbia|
|Mar. 16||St. Patrick’s Day Parade||Rolla|
|May 5||Columbia Memorial Stair Climb||Columbia|
|May 20||Fallen Firefighters Memoria||Kingdom City|
|May 26||Salute to Veterans Air Show at Airport||Columbia|
|May 28||Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony||Columbia|
* Date to be confirmed
** Additional 6 Honor Flight receptions to be scheduled April – October each year.. See: https://centralmissourihonorflight.com