History of the Pipe Major:
The pipe major is the leading musician of a pipe band, whether military or civilian. Like the appointment of drum major, the position is derived from British Army traditions. During the early twentieth century, the term sergeant piper was used instead. The pipe major is often assisted by a pipe sergeant, who has similar duties in the band and leads the band in the absence of the pipe major.
The Pipe Major is also responsible for:
Command (or second-in-command) of the platoon during military exercises or combat
Maintenance of military discipline in his platoon
Purveyance and promotion of regimental custom, tradition and history
He is customarily addressed and referred to as “Pipe Major”, not by his service rank. The insignia of appointment is four point-up chevrons worn on the lower sleeve, usually surmounted by a bagpipe badge and often by a crown or other badge, dependent on rank and regiment. This badge is worn on a leather strap on the wrist in shirt-sleeve order.
This page is dedicated to those visionaries who started this organization and to those who followed in their footsteps. Pipe Major Dave LeConey and future Pipe Major Winston Boyd began this band in the year 2000. They recruited Pipers Ralph Shear and Jack Kelly and from these humble beginnings, sprang the original robust band, the Ancient City Pipes and Drums. After many accessions and reviewing our mission we changed our name to the Coastal Florida Police and Fire Pipes and Drums which now numbers 33 musicians. It has been a grand journey wrought with successes and disappointments, but, we have prevailed and are now quite well established. We are still promoting our Celtic heritage and having fun.