Chicago Fire Department Pipes & Drums

Happy Thanksgiving
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By Drum Sergeant/President Ray Fineron
November 26, 2020

Here is an update from the band during this holiday season.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started our band has had to deal with issues, as everyone else and every other band. All our memorials for the year were canceled, and we had 2 CFD LODD's that we could only send a small band contingent too, due to city & department rules. We canceled practices until July, and then had a 2 week shut down this month. Our rehearsals have been done with masks (except while pipers are playing) and spaced out at least 6' apart, which is not very congruent to practicing as a band.

That being said, we are doing everything we can to keep our musical abilities at their best. Our E-board is constantly meeting with our Performance Officers to find ways to keep the band focused, engaged and SAFE. We have been able to SAFELY send soloists, duets & trios to several retired CFD members funerals. We have even been able to perform at a few small scale wedding ceremonies, socially distanced in a safe fashion (that takes some getting used to).

We are very thankful for all our family, friends & fans. Your support & encouragement goes a long way. The CFD P&D would like to wish you all a very happy & safe Thanksgiving.

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