Escorting Gresham Firefighter Brandon Norbury to his LODD service.
February 15, 2023; Gresham, Oregon
News and Updates
The band has been quite busy in recent months. We supported our brothers and sisters at Gresham Fire as they honored two of their fallen at full LODD services: Firefighter Brandon Norbury (d. February 3, 2023) and Firefighter Brian Flowers (d. November 19, 2023). We traveled en masse to Colorado Springs in September 2023 to honor Portland Lt. Jerry Richardson, Forest Grove Capt. Rick Ilg, Salem Firefighter Maurice “Mo” Stadeli, Albany Firefighter Mark Matthews, as well as the other 568 IAFF firefighters whose names were carved on the IAFF's granite memorial walls last year. Our pipers played a number of other funerals as well as community events throughout the year. The full band joined our friends with the Portland Police Highland Guard to perform at the Willamette National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony, which is becoming an annual tradition for us. We also proudly performed for our hometown at the Grand Floral Rose Parade, which we will do again on June 8, 2024.
We have now expanded our membership to include firefighters from other IAFF Locals! Three new pipers hailing from Clackamas Fire and West Pierce County Fire are now Performing Members with PFFPD. We also started the learning process with a new group of beginning pipers in 2023. Many joined us with no musical experience. They are progressing quickly, and will begin practicing on full pipes in the spring of 2024. The drum section is steadily expanding as well, with new members coming onboard regularly, and the recent addition of Side Drum Instructor Erika French.