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  • Established in 1987, the Broome County Celtic Pipes and Drums (BCCP&D) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) band that continues to play in many local venues, for those who love parades as well as just good old Celtic music. They have had the privilege of playing for the Wounded Warrior organization, as well as participating in some of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country, including NYC and Savannah, Georgia. They also participate each year in The Great Guinness Toast which helps raise money for other charity organizations in Broome County.

  • The BCCP&D were formed during the summer of 1987, and first hit the street at the Binghamton St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1988.

  • In only ten appearances in the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, BCCP&D took third place in the “open class” in the 1997 Parade.  The band took second place in the “Best Organizational Pipe & Drum Band” class in the 2004 NYC Parade.  The band appeared in Savannah, GA for Saint Patrick’s Day 2009.

  • BCCP&D is a multinational group, with many former military members in their ranks.

  • When President Bush welcomed Irish Prime Minister Ahearn on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2005 at the White House, Bush referenced the fact that BCCP&D piper Paul Sweeney had piped for the Marines before the battle for Fallujah in November 2004.

  • BCCP&D piper Paul Sweeney’s uncle Tom Meagher and Tom’s brothers, Pearse and Don Meagher, helped instruct and form the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums in 1960. Tom also helped instruct the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drums that was formed in 1962.   Paul’s cousin, Brian C. Meagher, Sr. still pipes with NYPD and his son Brian, Jr., is a piping instructor to FDNY.  Here is an article about Brian Jr. in the NY Times… Link to New York Times Article

  • BCCP&D piper and world-class entrepreneur Tim Ward is a part owner of  McGirk’s Irish Pub in Chenango Bridge, NY.

  • Former BCCP&D Drum Sergeant John Solan is currently a member of The Revelers, who provide Broome County, NY with a bit of everything: rock, Irish, folk, pop, oldies and original music.  The Revelers also sometimes perform with bag pipers, “The Black Kilts”, who are also members of BCCP&D.

  • Current BCCP&D Drum Sergeant Wally Webster is a drummer in the band Ring of Fire. Wally also works part-time as a professional photographer for weddings, birthday parties and other events.

  • BCCP&D Pipe Major Jan Kelly is a professional picture framer at the Garland Gallery in Binghamton, NY.