In the fall of 2002, Kenosha, WI, area police officers, firefighters and sheriff's deputies embarked on a joint effort to create a musical association of public safety personnel to supplement the existing honor guards. The result is the Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums Association. (K.A.P.& D.A.) This association was formed in the interest of honoring those who risk their lives serving the public, preserving cultural heritage and enriching the community. We are recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit (501c3) organization.
Bagpipe and drum bands are a long-standing tradition of the protective services. This tradition has been preserved for many generations by law enforcement and fire personnel who understand its importance. Bagpipes offer a unique listening experience, whether it be the mournful, inspiring sound of Amazing Grace performed by a solo piper or a stirring march played by a full pipe and drum band. Over the years, police and fire pipe and drum bands have been used for public relations, cultural preservation and honoring those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duties. Today, the pipe and drum corps is symbolic of fire and police services all over the world.
Forming the Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums Association has been a challenge. There are many obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is learning to play the pipes and drums. There are also substantial costs involved (see our donations page). We have been working hard to meet the challenges we face, both organizational and musical and are making great progress. KAP and DA pipers have been performing at functions since mid-2003. Our hope is that we will be performing at more and more civic and cultural events and other functions to share this great tradition in the future.
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