Pipes and Drums
The City Of Boise Police Pipes and Drums was created in 1996
with the help of the department and several volunteers. The band
consists of roughly 10 performers, both Both Boise Police Officers
and Volunteers who donate their time and talents. Currently there
are 8 Scottish bagpipe players and three drummers playing snare
drums and a base drum.
The Scottish Bagpipes are thought to date back to about 100 a.d.
Their true origin is uncertain, but the Scottish Highland bagpipe
is the most familiar throughout the world. They became popular in
Scotland during the 15th century.
Some 'form' of bagpipes are used in France, Ireland, Italy,
India, Spain, Greece, Persia, and Russia, (and more) but in
Scotland they have become an integral part of the country's
culture. Scotland is the ancestral home of the "Great Highland
Bagpipes" known to all as the "GreatPipes". "Pipers" play the
bagpipes, not Bagpipers.
The Great Highland Bagpipe comprises of an air bag, usually made
of sheepskin, into which are bound five pipes: a bass drone, two tenor drones,
the mouthpiece and the chanter on which the tune is played. The
chanter is a short pipe with eight holes, one for the players thumb
and eight for his fingers. The player can produce nine notes from
low G to high A.
Making the limited range of the pipes sound more attractive, the
player introduces grace notes or trills, which, with the wailing of
the drones, makes the familiar "skirl" of the pipes.
The Boise City Police Pipes and Drums performs at various public
events including celebrations, funerals, and promotion
The Following File is a sample of the Boise City Police
Pipes & Drums Performances captured live at a performance.
These file is offered in wma format.