Filming the 9/11 Tribute Music Video

An emotive charity single and video to pay tribute to the 343 fire-fighters that made the ultimate sacrifice 15 years ago.

Image: Liam Anderstrem / Airborne Lens

Image: Liam Anderstrem / Airborne Lens

Fifteen years have passed since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a day that forever changed America and the world.

Over 3,000 people lost their lives that day in the shocking attacks, 343 of which were firefighters from the Fire Department of New York.

Image courtesy of FDNY Emerald Society

Image courtesy of FDNY Emerald Society

To pay tribute on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a group of musicians got together to record a remarkable and emotive track titled “343: The Fallen”. Featuring some of the world’s foremost bagpipers, and led by The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the track has been released to raise money for both the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust and the FDNY Emerald Society. Both charities provide support to the families of firefighters. 

Airborne Lens was extremely honoured to have been asked to film and produce the official music video to accompany the track. Filming began in May 2016 at the fire training college in Glasgow, before moving to Edinburgh to film the iconic scenes at Edinburgh Castle. The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond were the location for the final tribute scene. Further scenes were filmed during the studio recording session for the track, and footage from New York was also provided by FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.

Update: 31st December 2016:

Humbled to see our video was "The Most Watched Video" on BBC News Facebook page for 2016 with over 2 Million views. Check it out here: Viral Video 

Thank you everyone and Happy New Year - all the best for 2017! 

It has had an overwhelming response, with 100's of 1,000s watching it, and sharing it all over the world. It has featured in newspapers on both sides of the pond, national TV, radio and even made a piece in Time magazine. The track reached #3 in the UK iTunes chart and continues to raise money for charity. The track is an emotive reminder to us all of the ultimate sacrifice those 343 firefighters made that day, as well as appreciating the bravery that emergency responders make for us each and every day. 

You can buy the charity single here:

Playing on the track are current and former Red Hot Chilli Piper members and a few special guests: Robert Mathieson, R.S. MacDonald, Craig Muirhead, Dougie McCance, Campbell Webster, Craig Munro, Willie Armstrong, Lorne MacDougall, Kyle Howie and Stuart Cassells. MacDougall also produced the track.

Never Forget. #343TheFallen