By 1981, major changes in the appearance of the band had begun.  First the name was changed to Fir-eunn Og Gaelic Pipes & Drums which in Gaelic means "the young, true eagles".  Along with the new name came a new uniform and due to the expense of new uniforms, competitions were forgone for the season.  It was also during this revamping of the band that we officially gained our tax-exemption status from the IRS.

In early September of 1981, the newly formed Midwest Pipe Band Association {MWPBA} sponsored a small competition on Chicago's Navy Pier, in conjunction with the Irish Family Days Celebration.  As it was the end of the parade season, the band chose to compete and placed 5th in Grade IV.

In July of 1982, the uniform was finally complete with the purchase of new Prince Charlie jackets and uniformed bag covers... just in time for competition in the Chicago PipeFest.  In spite of the heat and ill luck of the draw - opening position - the group looked good and sounded good and placed 4th in Grade IV.

In June of 1983, the band elected its second Pipe Major and made an appearance at the Milwaukee Irish Fest in August of that year.  But with the loss of band members earlier that year, competitions and many parades were forgone and by autumn Fir-eunn Og was down to 6 seasoned members, a street band of 9, a half-dozen learners and a new P/M.