As a representative of the Dallas Cowboys, the Irving Fire Department invited the Brownsville Firefighters Pipes and Drums to come out for their special halftime show on Jan. 3.
That halftime show commemorates first responders and their service in the line of duty.
“They invite pipes and drums groups throughout Texas to come and participate — groups that they feel can represent well and play the music as well,” said Brownsville Firefighter/Bagpipe Desi Tristan.
But of course, those perfectly-tuned sounds didn’t come without training.
“On Sunday morning of the game, we got up at 4:30 in the morning to be at the Stadium by 6, and then we rehearsed about an hour before the game,” said Tristan. “Then we performed at halftime.”
And while an arena full of people is a great opportunity for the Pipes and Drums teams to play their instruments, it’s not the norm.
Usually, these musicians are performing at funerals for first responders.
“Our main goal is to honor firefighters that are killed in the line of duty, especially locally since we don’t have groups like this in South Texas,” said Tristan. “We’re the first one.So that’s our main goal. Everything else, events like the Cowboys games and PR events, that’s extra for us. We travel within the state of Texas to honor those firefighters.”
Tristan says the Brownsville Firefighters Pipes and Drums team is looking for more participants and are willing to train any volunteers.