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Local pipes and drums group needs donations to play in Dallas memorial service

A local pipe band is made up of past and current first responders. (Source: WMBF News) A local pipe band is made up of past and current first responders. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums group is known for what they do to honor emergency responders and veterans along the Grand Strand. 

Now, they want to take their talents to Dallas to play their bagpipes at a memorial service for the five police officers killed July 7 by sniper fire at a protest rally. 

However, transportation is what’s holding the group back. Travel expenses are usually covered by donation or members investing their own money. In order to make this trip, the group needs help with travel costs to Dallas.
 
"This is the largest attack on police since 9/11, and if we can offset those costs for any number of our band members to go out there to participate, we feel that it will be a good showing not only for our band but for the Grand Strand as well," said Pipe Sgt. Andrew Brown.

Each song the group performs is written for a veteran, a police officer or a member of the fire service. The music makes some people weep and others smile, some mourn and others celebrate.

“The object of our band is to provide traditional Scottish and Irish music for police, fire, military, funerals, memorial services,” said Brown.

It all started at a kitchen table in 2015, when a group of men and women with similar backgrounds came together to play some of the world's oldest instruments with familiar songs like "Amazing Grace."

"Most of the band members and usually all of the people that are around are tearing up or trying to hold tears back when they hear that," said Brown.

Now, the group is making a real impact.

Every Tuesday night, the practice of bagpipe notes echoes across the Myrtle Beach Fire Station No. 4 in The Market Common.

"(It) brings some sort of peace and closure to a lot of those families,” reflected Brown.

The group of 15 has graced services across the area, free of charge to families. Back in March, the band played the pipes at the funeral service for Conway firefighter Chris Ray.

Those who would like to help the group get to Dallas can make a donation via PayPal via AMBrownL2345@gmail.com, or can contact Brown at (843) 957-0124.

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