'We're passing on a legacy': Portland Firefighters Pipes and Drums band is thriving

Two years ago most band members didn’t know the first thing about drums or bagpipes. It seems they’ve since gotten the hang of it.

PORTLAND, Oregon — On a damp, gray night in Southeast Portland, the sound of bagpipes and drums cut through the numbing cold.

“There’s a lot of emotion in that music,” said Gordon Convoy, lead band instructor for the Portland Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums.

Every Wednesday night, the group comprised of Portland Firefighters Association members practices for moments they can never truly prepare for.

“Our highest mission is to provide music and comfort at a line-of-duty service,” said

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