• Join The Band

  • The New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society is always happy to welcome new members. To be eligible, you must be a paid professional firefighter.

  • Past Accomplishments

  • The band has marched in St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Haven, Milford, Meriden,
    Southie (Boston), Charlotte, NC, and Savannah, GA. The band has performed at the annual Military Tattoo at West Point, the National Fire Academy Firefighters Memorial in Washington, D.C., and at Tartan Day in New York City. The band proudly represents the Emerald Society at Line Of Duty Death funerals, award ceremonies, promotion and graduation ceremonies for firefighters, and 9/11 ceremonies throughout the county and beyond. We annually play in Memorial Day parades, we’ve played Special Olympic ceremonies at the United States Coast Guard Academy, and several State Firemen’s Convention activities. Band members recently taped an episode of the TV show Rescue Me. The band also has performed at St. Baldrick’s Day fundraisers in New Haven, Meriden, and Gilford, New Hampshire. The band also participates the NFL – United Way fundraisers. Every March 17th, the band begins the High Holy Day with an appearance on The Dan Patrick Radio Show, heard nationally on the ESPN radio network. The day then deteriorates rapidly with a day long, countywide pub crawl.

  • Future Goals

  • At a reorganization of the band on April 15, 2011, plans have been set in motion for new projects. The band is planning to record it’s own CD to be entitled “Aingil Ghaelica” which is Gaelic for “Irish Angels”. The CD will be dedicated to the memories of the children, spouses, and siblings of band members who have gone to their eternal rest before us. Target date for the CD is March, 2017 All proceeds from the sale of the CD will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation which uses the money for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s is the dedicated charity of the Emerald Society.

    Also in our future plans are hosting a massed band gathering of Fire Department and Emerald Society pipe bands from across the country. This is our contribution to keep the tradition alive. We’re also planning a band trip to march in a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland within five years.

  • Getting Started

  • To get started, contact any band member or simply show up at band practice and introduce yourself. Drum lessons are provide by the band at practice. We have a pipe instructor we can refer you to. To get started costs less than a good night of drinking (something the band knows a thing or two about). Pipers begin on a practice chanter, which costs less than $100. Sticks and pads for drummers cost less than that. The band also purchases the drum for you once the Drum Sergeant pronounces you ready for the street. Pipers must buy their own set of bagpipes

  • Character Guys and Just Plain Characters

  • Ask any band member, there is no better group of guys than the Emerald Society Pipes & Drums. They’ll rip each other to shreds but when one needs something, all are there to help. All of our road trips have been memorable (for those who can remember). The comraderie, once a hallmark in the fire service, still exists in the band. If you think you may be interested in joining, please contact the members listed below.

  • Contact Us

  • If you are interest in playing the pipes, contact:

    Pipe Major Glen Murray gjtcmurray@optonline.net

    Pipe Sergeant Greg McGovern axemcgovern@gmail.com

    If you are interested in playing the snare drum, contact:

    Drum Sergeant Tony Mancini tonyfromct@aol.com

    If you are interested in playing the tenor drum, contact:

    Drum Corporal John King jking7@comcast.net