Band Members gathered at SFD Headquarters to present the Seattle Fire Chief, Greg Dean, with a token of our appreciation. This is our tenth year of existence with Chief Dean’s full support . This alliance has proven highly productive towards our shared mission of “Honoring the Fallen” and celebrating our Department’s successes. The framed Bass Drum “Head” will consume a sizeable amount of wall space, reminding Chief Dean how much we appreciate all he has done for us !
Our Band was proud to participate in Mateo Messina’s annual benefit concert for Children’s Orthopedic Hospital Medical Center in Seattle. This wonderful experience allowed our Members to Play before a packed audience at Seattle’s prestigious Benaroya Hall, current Home of Seattle Symphony. Along with other performers, including NW Boy’s Choir, 1000 Foot Krutch, The Gothard Sisters, Mateo Messina, The Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums played scores customized for the show’s Irish theme “The Voice of Finnegan Farrell”.
March 17, 2012 hopefully set the Seattle record for most winter weather conditions before an Irish Parade. Rain, cold and about a ten minute snow shower brought anxious moments to the weather weary walkers. Alas, as the flag of Ireland was ceremoniously lifted to start the 4 Avenue festivities, the clouds parted giving way to some sunshine . Our Band, accompanied by Firefighters from all over Puget Sound, and IAFF 7th District Motorcycle Group Riders pushed North to the Westlake Center with what appeared to be our biggest crowd yet.
The Alaska Day 2011 deployment was important, rewarding and fun. Nine Members of the SFP&D performed at many venues during the 5 day adventure set in Alaska’s first capitol city of Sitka, where the 1867 purchase transfer of the Alaskan territory from Russian to U.S. holdings is primarily celebrated.
Thank You, Sitka !