During the creation of the battalion of firemen of Paris, by imperial decree of September 18th, 1811, 2 drums were distributed by company of fire with for mission of carrying out the lawful ringings which put rhythm into the life of the barracks of the alarm clock to the curfew.
At the time of its reorganization in 1850, the drums are replaced by bugles. The battalion counts 15 sapper-bugles and 1 thus corporal-bugle. Creations from companies additional in 1855, 1856 and 1859 carry manpower to 30 sapper-bugles and of a sergeant-bugle.
In 1866, the battalion becomes regiment. One counts from now on 36 sapper-bugles, 1 corporal-bugle and 1 sergeant-bugle. The command decides to regularly gather the bugles, then distributed in the companies of fire, for meetings of instruction and to carry out the control of their knowledge as regards lawful ringings and steps. The parade ground of Champs de Mars is indicated like the first place of repetition.
July 14th, 1937, the regiment has a formation of thirty bugles and six drums.
During the Second World War, under the occupation, other instrumentalists joined this formation little by little. The contribution of these wood and these coppers leads to the constitution of a music made up of a battery and a harmony, which, by 1943 will take part in all the internal demonstrations of the regiment, like with the festivals of the release.
In 1950, the regimental brass band becomes music of the Regiment then music of the Brigade of firemen of Paris on March 1st, 1967.
The services of the music of the Brigade of firemen of Paris contribute to the radiation of the institution and are a vector of recruitment. For some, they consolidate the link army-nation directly.
The music takes part in priority in all the military ceremonies and internal activities which mark out the life of the body and that of its units. In addition, it can be put at disposal of the Official Authorities (Staff of the land forces – Commanding officer of Paris – Prefect of police – Town of Paris).
Contributing to maintain the prestige and the fame of the Brigade, the music is requested for concerts with the profit of municipalities, associations and organizations various. It takes part in teaching projects near the schools. It also occurs on the international scene while taking part in international festivals of military music.
Each year, more than 200 services are thus carried out: - 55% with the profit of the brigade, 10% at the time of the international festivals of military music; - 20% with the profit of military organizations and 15% with the profit of civil organizations.
The bugle in the Firemen of Paris
Present in the companies of fire since 1850, the bugles thus put rhythm into the life of the barracks of the alarm clock to the curfew and sounded, at the time as of important interventions for fire, the commands which the colonel of guard wished to transmit to committed manpower.
They took part in all the great ceremonies organized by the battalion then the regiment of firemen of Paris. They could also fill of the particular missions:
On May 31st, 1885, the firemen of Paris are present at the funeral of Victor Hugo: two companies frame the hearse which is accommodated in music on the place of Star by the bugles of the body with those of the Republican guard.
As the bombardment of the capital is feared, the regiment receives the order of the GMP in January 1915, to alert the population in the event of air raids. Alarm given, the machines of fire traverse then the most attended ways: 76 routes of 6 km each one, is more than 450 km on the whole. The crew is composed of three men: a sergeant, a driver and a bugle; a large horn is attached on the side of the seat of this one. The bugle must successively emit six blows of horns of fire; to press during ten seconds on the horn and to play keep it with you. For the end of alarm, it gives six blows of horn of fire then played the berloque one, the ringing which authorized the soldiers to break the rows. Parisian left the cellars then by pushing acclamations.
On August 25th, 1944, after the violent ones engagements for the release of the Capital, the bugles were charged by the Commanding officer with Paris with learning with Parisian capitalization German by sounding Bastille in Champs de Mars (on board first-help) the “Cease-fire”.
The function of sapper-bugle stopped gradually in the units at the beginning of the years 1950.
Today, the bugles perpetuate the tradition while going regularly in the help centres at the time of the ceremonies which are organized there. Trumpet player of formation, they also integrate the various small units made up and reinforce the orchestra of harmony to the desks of the bugles, horns and trumpets.