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    I may be piping at a line of duty funeral for a member of my department in the next week or so. I would be grateful for any tips anyone may have on protocol if you've done this before. Family is still pondering, but having never done a funeral before, I don't want to mess this up.
    Semper Fidelis
    "Thus may be exemplified my life, that perseverance in any profession will probably meet its reward." Lord Nelson

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    Re: Police Line of Duty Funeral

    Steve, I would guess there will be a police honor guard present, and maybe a miltary honore guard as well. I always confer with the honor guard if possible, because they should know protocol.

    Typically, the piper would play a hymn ( often Amazing Grace) at the end of the ceremony, after the rifle salute and the bugling of Taps. You may be asked to play as people gather and as they leave as well.

    Some other appropriate tunes:
    Going Home
    Dark Island
    Mist Covered Mountains
    Oft In The Stilly Night
    Flowers of the Forest
    The Dawning Of The Day
    The Minstrel Boy
    Let Erin Remember
    Faith Of Our Fathers...

    there's another thread on "Laments"
    Good luck and strength to your hands.
    Slainte Leibh/ Slan Leat, Bob Cameron

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    • #3
      Re: Police Line of Duty Funeral

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        • #5
          Re: Police Line of Duty Funeral

          Some great tunes here but, I would check first to see which country they identify with. For example, it could be quite embarrassing to play some Irish tunes if the person has no connection with that country, or even if they do but, identify with Ulster, you could run into the same problem. It is easier to ask first.

          Originally posted by Klondike Waldo View Post
          Steve, I would guess there will be a police honor guard present, and maybe a miltary honore guard as well. I always confer with the honor guard if possible, because they should know protocol.

          Typically, the piper would play a hymn ( often Amazing Grace) at the end of the ceremony, after the rifle salute and the bugling of Taps. You may be asked to play as people gather and as they leave as well.

          Some other appropriate tunes:
          Going Home
          Dark Island
          Mist Covered Mountains
          Oft In The Stilly Night
          Flowers of the Forest
          The Dawning Of The Day
          The Minstrel Boy
          Let Erin Remember
          Faith Of Our Fathers...

          there's another thread on "Laments"
          Good luck and strength to your hands.

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          • #6
            Re: Police Line of Duty Funeral

            make sure to offer to play from your repertoire

            only the tunes that you know and can play WELL!

            THAT shows the respect... and complements the proceedings appropriately...

            best wishes..

            Richard Mao, The Peking Piper
            <|;|-)

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            • #7
              Re: Police Line of Duty Funeral

              Thanks to all for your responses. I've gotten some assistance from the Irish Pipers of SF and we should have a decent showing for the service.
              Semper Fidelis
              "Thus may be exemplified my life, that perseverance in any profession will probably meet its reward." Lord Nelson

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              • #8
                Re: Police Line of Duty Funeral

                I played solo for the viewing and the Irish Pipers allowed me to join them for the actual service. Had a good showing with 10 pipers and three drummers. They covered my mistakes and I've gotten a lot of compliments from those who attended on the presentation. Thanks again to all, and particularly to the Irish Pipers for letting me join in and be the weak link in their band
                Semper Fidelis
                "Thus may be exemplified my life, that perseverance in any profession will probably meet its reward." Lord Nelson

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