It was with honor that we were asked to perform on July 9th for the 25th Marine Corp Regiment’s Relief & Appointment and Retirement Ceremony for Sgt Major Tracy Linch. This formal ceremony marked the transfer of command from Sgt Major Linch to Sgt Major Boutin. It also marked the retirement of Sgt Major Linch form the Marines after 30 years of duty.
It was with both sadness and honor that members of the band took part in the funeral for FF David Atherton of Stoneham Fire on July 7th. PM Tustin, Pipers K Browne and B Bedard were joined by a few drummers from the Greater Boston band to pipe FF Atherton to his final rest. Full military and fire dept honors were paid to FF Atherton. RIP FF Atherton.
Despite the heat we successfully took part in two Fourth of July parades.
The first was the Pepperell 4th of July parade held on July 2nd. We were the first musical unit out of the gate which was a welcome relief. The crowds were great and we played for the entire 2 mile route with just brief pauses between sets. A job well down by all.
June kicked off our summer season with a few events to warm us up for the July parades.
We once again took part in the Eric Currier Memorial Bike Ride. PM Tustin, Drum SGt Stone and Side Drummer Murphy provided music for the opening ceremony of the ride.
What a month of May. The band took part in 10 different events over the course of the month beginning with the May 1st Millville Centenial parade.
Other events included – May 2nd active duty funeral Walpole MA, May 9th retirement ceremony Mason NH, May 14th Apple Blossom parade Westford, May 14th Firemens Ball Milford NH, May 21 funeral retired firefighter Stirling MA, May 22nd Lowell Memorial Day ceremony, May 26 Swearing in ceremony MA State Fire Marshal, May 27 Page Hilltop Elementary School Memorial Day ceremony Ayer MA, May 29 Memorial Day parade Westford MA.