Most everyone is familiar with the distinctive sound of bagpipes-whether during a parade, a funeral, or other special event, but did you ever wonder what these band are about?
The Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) recognized organization. Founded in 1999, the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department (PDCPD) is bagpipe and drum band with one mission – to Honor our Fallen. We are a group that’s dedicated to providing services to our comrades, and their friends and families, in their time of need. We have had the privilege of participating in honor ceremonies for the city’s fallen heroes, and of police officers and firefighters across the Midwest. Most of the expenses incurred by the band for travel, uniforms, and equipment are paid out-of- pocket by each member. Additionally, members of the band practice and perform on their own time. Band membership is voluntary, it is comprised of only active and retired sworn Chicago Police Department members. Most practices and performances are done on the member’s free time.
When called to perform for line of duty deaths it is our profound honor and solemn duty to perform at no cost to the department or the family of the fallen hero. We are entirely self-funded, and as such, must hold fundraisers to help cover our expenses. The band provides some items to its members, but members still must purchase most of their own equipment and instruments as well as custom made items such as kilts, hose (socks) and uniform shirts. Members must also provide their own travel expenses for any out of town events. These expenses can be substantial, which is why we are asking for your help. Since we are a 501(C)(3) organization, any donation made to our organization is tax deductible (Federal EIN: 36-4291914).
On Sunday, August 26, 2018, we are hosting a golf outing at Stony Creek Golf Course 5850 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. We would like you to consider donating to this event. Anything would be greatly appreciated, whether it’s a donation that we could raffle off or Hole sponsorship for $100.