"The Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Pipe and Drum Band" was formed by Captain Norman Wilson (ACFD) and Captain John Mistler (ACFD) in 1997 in order to honor and pay proper homage to those in public safety and the military, who lose their lives in the line of duty, by playing the pipes at their funeral or memorial services.  "We honor our fallen" is the band mantra.    The band was incorporated in 2004 as a non profit so we could raise money to cover costs incurred in our efforts.  The band is comprised of members from public safety professions as well as civilians who are dedicated to our mission.  Our original piping instructor was Pipe Major Joseph Stearn who currently resides in Florida.  The ACFD Sand Pipers also belong to the "New Jersey United Pipe Bands", formed after September 11th, 2001, in order to combine with Pipe Bands from New Jersey with similar commitment in providing Pipes and Drums to services of "Fallen Hero's" in the Tri-State area.

Shortly after September 11th, 2001, our band held it's first fundraiser to benefit the families of fallen police, firefighters and EMS professionals.  After that first fundraiser, we decided to make it an annual event and create a scholarship fund with the proceeds and earmark the money to benefit children of public safety professionals working in Atlantic County.  The event is titled "The Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Scholarship Fundraiser" and is held on a Saturday in the middle of September. 

Thanks to the generous support from our community, to date, we have awarded over $45,000 to graduating high school seniors to help defray the costs associated with furthering their educations.  Our event is a "best ball scramble" format golf outing followed by a "Ceili" (a Celtic term pronounced kay-lee) which is a party with great food, entertainment, prizes and fun for all.  Of course, the Sand Pipers are always featured performers at the Ceili along with great local Celtic bands. If you are interested in sponsoring or participating in our event in any way, registration form can be obtained from band members or you can print one out from our web site.

The award winning Sand Pipers can boast that the band has grown in numbers, from less than a hand full of members in 1997 to over forty members combining both performing members and students in the learning stages, today.

The ACFD Sand Pipers can also be seen performing in local parades, graduation ceremonies and many other events when contracted by local communities or organizations.



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