VIDEO: Amid the pandemic, it’s been some time since the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band performed publicly.
On Wednesday, that will change when members take part in this year’s Inauguration Day festivities .
"It was a great honor to be asked by the department to participate in this inauguration parade," said band manager and FDNY Captain Kevin Haugh.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Haugh, who spoke with NY1 about the experience on Tuesday at EMS Station 18 in the Bronx.
Haugh said it's the first time the band will participate in an inaugural parade.
In 2017, their NYPD counterparts went to Washington D.C. to perform when they were asked participate in President Donald Trump's inaugural parade. Now, it’s the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band that gets an opportunity to shine.
"It's actually going to be nice for us," Haugh said. "COVID has affected a lot of things. We haven't been out to any parades. All the parades have been canceled."