The second annual Magic Dragon Pipes and Drums July Bash will be held around the lake July 11-13.
The event, which features the bagpipe and drum band, is a major fundraiser for the group which performs at several events including the funeral of Navy Seal Kris Kyle in Dallas, and the memorial for the four Houston, Texas, firefighters who were killed May 31.
The Magic Dragon Pipes and Drum Band is comprised of firefighters from lake area departments. The band was formed in May 2010 by a group of firefighters who had an interest in honoring those who make the ultimate sacrifice as well as preserving the traditions of the American Fire Service. Not only does the group honor its fellow fallen firefighters, but also law enforcement and military personnel. We also help celebrate occasions at ceremonies and charity events.
Mid-County, Lake Ozark, and Osage Beach fire departments all have members in the band and the fire chiefs have supported the group with scheduling issues as well as some fuel, travel expenses and formal uniforms. To date, excluding the two drums, all of the instruments, lessons and casual uniforms have been funded individually by each band member. An average set of bagpipes cost about $1,200. This means some of the pipers have spent more than $3,000 of their own money for instruments, lessons and uniforms.
The group’s journey started with private bagpipe lessons, and after more than a year of practice performed for the first time in the summer of 2011 at the Osage Beach Fire District Station 2 dedication ceremony. Since then, the Magic Dragon Pipes and Drum Band has performed more than 30 times at various funerals, ceremonies and events around the lake the country.
Donations are accepted.
For more information, visit Magic Dragon Pipes and Drums on Facebook or contact Pipe Major Mike Oakes at email@example.com or (573-216-1047