Piper of the Month January 2021

The 2021 year starts off with our newest Piper of the Month: 

Joe "Rakes" Massey is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Branford Fire Department, IAFF Local 2533, in Branford, Connecticut.

Joe has been playing the Bagpipe since 2017 and is one of the newer Pipers that worked hard to come up to marching capability with New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band. Joe brings great energy and dedication to the band. When not at the FD or practicing he can be found keeping healthy doing CrossFit.

Joe's favorite song is the famous "Rakes of Mallow" or, otherwise affectionally known by his bandmates as "Rakes O'Massey." A fun Irish song/polka that starts out slow and picks up a pace to that of lightening speeds depending on the crowds reactions.  

When asked about his favorite part about playing Joe is quoted as saying "my favorite part about playing isn't playing, it's the guys/girls of the band and the connection we all have that make it worth while." 

Thank you "Rakes" we are honored to have you as our January 2021 Piper of the Month.