Testimonials

March 8, 2014: After going to Bill’s gravesite, last week, stopped at Bill Jr’s home. He and wife Jan said, they looked at the funeral service video and the service would not have been the same without the sound of the bag pipes. Bill’s brother & sisters agreed on the beautiful, solemn, respectful & peaceful sound of the bag pipes, before flying back home. It meant, even more, to them knowing you knew Bill. It was great seeing you, Greg Bielman & Kent Ridenour Side note: Over the years, Bill & I always gave a toast to partners/buddies: Jimmy Choguet, Randy Champe & Louie Villalobos. (Can’t believe, Bill’s added to the toast). The only peace in Bill’s passing is knowing the four of them are together having fun, again. Thank you for all you and members of the Emerald Society do honoring those “Who Gave All”.

March 3, 2014: Thank you so much for supporting our staff event on February 11th at the Engine Co No 28 restaurant. The Emerald Society did a fabulous job and everyone was so impressed with the entire ceremony. Please click here to read the letter.

January 19, 2014: On behalf of the Corona Police Department and CPD Honor Guard, we would like to thank you for your performance at our range dedication ceremony on December 5, 2013. Please click here to read the letter.

October 22, 2013: On behalf of the Gunfighters, I would like to personally thank you for your support to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 during the memorial service Lance Corporal Allen F. Sistrunk on 16 October. 2013. Please click here to read the letter.

October 16, 2013: Thank you for joining the Gunfighter family today and helping to make this service special. Click here to read the letter.

October 2, 2013: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Queen of the Angels Foundation, I wish to reiterate our thanks and gratitude for the participation of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums in the Third Annual Grand Marian Procession. Please click here to read the letter.

July 20, 2013: Thank you letter from Jon Ashley, Father of Joshua Ashley. Marine Sgt. Joshua Ashley and his canine partner, Sirius, was killed on July 19, 2012, in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Joshua was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star. Please click here to read the letter.

May 15, 2013: Letter of Appreciation from the Covina Police Department. On behalf of the Covina Police Department, we thank you for participating in or Police Memorial Ceremony. Click here.

March 13, 2013: Letter of Appreciation from Valarie Campbell Moniz and Lori Campbell. Click here.

November 20, 2012; On behalf of Go For Broke National Education Center, I would like to express a heartfelt “malhalo” for your help in making our recent Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner a wonderful event. We have received many positive comments from both the veterans and our supporters and greatly appreciate your participation in making EOA another memorable success. Click here to read the rest of the letter.

October 14, 2012: Can not thank you enough. Please thank Cliff Armas for playing at our memorial. Click here to read the letter.

October 13, 2012: Our family were so appreciative for your making my father’s celebration of life so memorable. Your time and talent were very generous. My Dad would have been so proud. Thank you for the tribute. Click here to read the letter.

September 9, 2012: On behalf of the men and women of the Wilshire Community Police Station and West Traffic Division I would like to personally thank you for presenting bagpipes with the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society for our Annual Open House Event. You have been a great partner in supporting our activities and events. Click here to read the rest of the article.

August 9, 2012: On behalf of the Japan American Society of Southern California, we simply cannot thank you enough for joining us at the 103rd Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration, held on June 15, 2012 at the Disneyland Hotel. Your superb and beautiful bagpipe and drum performance set the mood of the event, and helped ensure the overall success of the Gala. Simply put, you were fantastic! Click here to read the rest of the letter.

July 13, 2012: On behalf of the men and women of the South Pasadena Police Department, as well as the family of Fallen Officer Kevin Sandoval, I wish to express our heart-felt appreciation and thanks for your attendance and contribution for the June 14, 2012 Memorial Service honoring the one-year milestone of Kevin’s death. Click here to read the rest of the letter.

July 3, 2012: On behalf of the men and women of the West Covina, I want to thank you and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums for your participation in our Department’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. Sir, you did an extraordinary job and everyone in attendance was impresses by your performance. Again, thank you for your support and commitment to the success of this historical event. Click here to see the letter.

June 9, 2012: I wanted to thank you again for bringing the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums to the Congressional Gold Medal event last weekend. The veterans that I spoke with really enjoyed the music that you played and really appreciated that you all came out on a Saturday to celebrate with them. I also wanted to thank you for your patience with us as we tried to put our event together. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to meet you and hope that we have the opportunity to meet again. Sincerely, Laura Shigemitsu, Veterans Affairs Coordinator.

May 29, 2012: How can we thank you for always being there for us the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Every time I attend a funeral I see and hear one of your band members. Every time we have an event you are there for us even in Washington DC. As a Mom of a fallen Officer I want to thank you for all the special times you have honored my son and all the other fallen officers of California. God Bless You All. Mary Huffman Mom of Sgt Matt Davis EOW 9/22/02 OCSD

May 15, 2012: On behalf of the men and women of the West Covina Police Department, I want to thank you and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums for your participation in the funeral services for Assistant Cheif Mark A. Tedesco (Ret.) Click here to read the rest of the letter.

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Letter of appreciation from Mrs. Hanson wife of Sergeant Scott Hanson, Covina Police Department given to the Band at the

California State Memorial, Sacramento with a bottle of whiskey to toast Sergeant Hanson and all of our fallen officers

 

Sergeant Scott Anthony Hanson

Covina Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, July 3, 2006

Age: 45

Tour: 22 years

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: August 14, 2003

Sergeant Scott Hanson died of injuries sustained three years earlier in an on duty automobile accident.

His patrol car was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Badillo Street.

The accident caused Sergeant Hanson to suffer severe brain injuries. He remained in a semi-conscious state from the time of the accident until his death.

Sergeant Hanson had served with the Covina Police Department for 22 years and had previously served as a dispatcher for the Fullerton Police Department. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

March 8, 2012: I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your fellow officers for your recent performance on February 24th at our Valley Torah High School Assembly. Click here to read the rest of the letter.
February 29, 2012: Gentlemen,You have my heartfelt thanks for your help with at memorial service for Major Nathan Anderson in Yuma, AZ, on both a personal and professional level. Words cannot describe the gratitude the family feels during this time. I will continue to send information, pictures, etc. as I can. Here is a link to a video put out by the Public Affairs office; you can see the wonderful impact your participation had on the occasion. http://www.dvidshub.net/video/138641/marines-mourn-loss-yuma-helicopter-accident-casualty

Semper Fi,

Maj Wilson “Tug” McGraw MAWTS-1 MV-22 Instructor

February 22, 2012: Emerald Society, Thank you for playing at my fathers Memorial Service. The Ballad of the Green Beret was flawless. Click here to read the rest of the letter.
February 8, 2012: Thank you for your exceptional support of the Ceremony to Dedicate the Monument to Honor Fire Station 10, which acknowledged its dedicated crews, past and present. Click here to read the rest of the letter.

February 7, 2012: On behalf of the William S. Ungerman family I would like to thank you for the services that Terry McCarthy performed with his bagpipes at the memorial service of Mr. William S. Ungerman. Bill was a retired Long Beach Police Officer and veteran of the USMC and the 82nd Airborne Division having served in Viet Nam. Click here to read the rest of the letter.

February 6, 2012: A note of appreciation for what you do for Liga. It is such a privilege to work alongside people like you, those with such generous hearts and willing attitudes. Click here to read the rest of the letter.
January 28, 2012: A special word of thanks to all of you for participating in the Westminster TET parade on January 28th. All the feedback we have received has been totally positive! Click here to read the rest of the letter.
November 15, 2011: What a rousing way to kick off our Evening of Aloha event and honor our WWII Japanese American heroes! Click here to read the rest of the letter.
August 31, 2011: On behalf of the Placentia Police Department and Neighborhood Watch, we would like to thank you for your contribution in helping to make our 2011 National Night Out event a success! Click here to read the letter.
October 19, 2011: A heartfelt thank you to Officer Cliff Armas and the musicians of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums for their support at the memorial service for Major Bland and Captain Heitmann on 28 September 2011. Click here to read the letter.
October 19, 2011: Thank you so much for your services today at the funeral of our father Fredrick L. Smith. Click here to read the letter.

September 11, 2011: All over America, people commemorated the tragedies of September 11. As you know, we marked the tenth anniversary, in Rosemead, with dedication of a Memorial celebrating the lives of those perished that fateful day in 2011 and the heroism of many others. Because the memorial was created through the generosity of donors and through fundraising, it was truly a community project. Click here to read the letter.

July 28, 2011: On behalf of the Alhambra Police Department, I wan tot thank you and the members of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums for the bagpipe salute you so generously provided at the funeral service for Officer Ryan Stinger on July 15, 2011. Click here to read the letter.
June 15, 2011: I would like to take this opportunity to convey my thanks and appreciation to you and for your participation in the Manhattan Beach Police Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 and also for coordinating the Pipes and Drums Band. Click here to read the letter.
June 2, 2011: We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for the love and support you showed us in the days and weeks following the passing of Officer Andrew Gartron. Click here to read the letter.
May 6,2011: On behalf of the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union I would like to thank you and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums for your involvement in our recent 75th anniversary celebration. Click here to read the letter.

November 11, 2010: Dear Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Gary and I were so blessed to have you choose to participate in the Yorba Linda Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Click here to read the letter.