During the creation of the battalion of Paris firemen, by the imperial decree of the 18 September 1811, two drums were distributed to the company of fire with the mission to perform out the reglementory ringings which give rhythm to the firehouse life from the reveille to the curfew.
At the time of its reorganization in 1850, the drums were replaced by bugles. The battalion counted fifteen sapper-bugles and 1 thus corporal-bugle. Creations of additional companies in 1855, 1856 and 1859 increased the manpower to 30 sapper-bugles and of a sergeant-bugle.
In 1866, the battalion became a regiment. One counts from now on 36 sapper-bugles, 1 corporal-bugle and 1 sergeant-bugle. The command decided 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 had a formation of thirty bugles and six drums.
During the Second World War, during the occupation, other instrumentalists joined this formation gradually. The contribution of these woods 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, such as the festivals of the release.
In 1950, the regimental brass band became the music of the Regiment then the music of the Brigade of Paris firemen on March 1st, 1967.
The music services of the Paris firemen Brigade contribute to the influence of the institution and are a recruitment vector. For some, they consolidate directly the link army-nation.
The music takes part as a priority in all the military ceremonies and internal activities which mark out the life of the corps and that of its units. In addition, it can be provided to 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 for the benefit of municipalities, associations and various organizations. It takes part in teaching projects with 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% for the benefit of the brigade, 10% for the international festivals of military music; - 20% for the benefit of military organizations and 15% for the benefit 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 from 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 also could been employed on 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 received in music on the place de l'Étoile 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 cover then the most heavily used road: 76 routes of 6 km each, is more than 450 km in all. 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 sapper-bugle must successively : emit six blows of fire horns; press on the horn during ten seconds and play the "standing to attention". 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. Then, the Parisians left the cellars, shooting acclamations.
On August 25th, 1944, after the violent fighting ones engagements for the Capital liberation, the bugles were charged by the Paris Commanding officer of teeling Parisians the german capitulation by sounding the "cease-fire" from the "Bastille" to the 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 50's.
Today, the bugles perpetuate the tradition going regularly in the rescue centres for organized the ceremonies. From Trumpet-player 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.