Flagler-area band to perform at presidential inauguration

By Brittany Jones, Flagler County Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 9:58 AM EST

The Coastal Florida Police Fire and Pipes and Drums will play in the 58th presidential inauguration in less than two weeks. The band will be heading out from Flagler County to represent the state of Florida.

"I'm ecstatic of being able to march down Pennsylvania Avenue, it's a great honor," said band member Marcel Kruijs, who plays the bagpipes.

The band is one of four bands across the country chosen to play in the presidential inauguration.

"It's like the largest stage of the world, it's going to be unbelievable. You know all these people get to see us, it's going to put Palm Coast on the map," said Kruijs.

"That's huge, it's such a big honor, the 58th presidential inauguration. I would've never thought that I was going to be marching in it," said tenor drummer and band leader Danielle Pierro.

Pierro said they applied before the election in 2016 and found out in December that they had been selected.

"We're all getting ready and from day one when we decided to put in the application, we started planning as if we got accepted," said Pierro.

But now they are playing on a platform they have never experienced before.

"This is the biggest thing we've ever done," said Pierro.

More than 40 of the band members will be headed to D.C for the event. The band is mostly known to play for funerals of slain officers, military and first responders.

The band leader said they will wear memorial bands to honor the lives of those police officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2016.

The trip to D.C. will be costly for the group to travel for their performance.

They've played in several fundraisers in the community and raised more than $30,000 for the trip with hopes to reach $40,000 before they leave.

"We've had donations come in from everywhere. It's awesome to see all the support, especially from the Flagler County community," said Pierro.

Kruijs said they will be able to make it through and can't wait to go down the parade route and see all of the support.

"It's all worth, it will be very well worth it," said Kruijs.

The band leaves Wednesday, Jan. 18. After Monday's tragedy in Orlando, they say they will add the names of both the deputy and officer killed on their uniform's memorial bands as well.