FDNY Bagpipers Team Up with Scotland’s Red Hot Chilli Pipers for Special Recording of 9/11 Tribute Song

NY Daily News - September 10, 2016

by Ginger Adams Otis

They’re piping hot — and hoping to get hotter.

Two bagpipe bands who first came together to play for the families of the 343 FDNY members killed on 9/11 have reunited again for a special tribute on the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks.

Willie Armstrong, a member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Scotland and a retired firefighter, collaborated with FDNY firefighter and pipe major Jimmy Lee to make a special recording and video of the 9/11 tribute song “The Fallen.”

The tribute is available on iTunes Friday — and all proceeds go to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Family Support Trust and The FDNY Pipes and Drums, both non-profit organizations.

“We’ve already made it into UK top 100 at 65 today. We want to be No. 1 by Sunday with ALL proceeds to fire service charity,” said Stuart Cassells, who co-founded the Red Hot Chilli Pipers in 2002 with Armstrong.

The tune they chose, “The Fallen,” was written by famed Pipe Major R.S. MacDonald after 9/11 in honor of all the victims. It’s become a favorite in the piping world — and is often played at firefighter memorials and services.

The FDNY Pipes and Drums made it their mission to play at every funeral of the 343 members who died in the line of duty on 9/11.