Archive for January, 2008

We Honor Our Fallen

If you have never had to bury a fallen brother, it is a difficult thing to describe. The easiest way that I can think of is it is the same as burying a real brother. They are real brothers. So it means that much more when a group of like-minded people come together to help us honor our brother. To those of you that came out today, there are not words to explain where you have placed yourselves. Many of you have played these ceremonies before, but today you did it for one of our own. That makes each of you one of us. Welcome to our family….and thank you…so much for what you did today.

– Lloyd Johnson


Busy Thursday…

Thursday, January 24th was a busy day for the members of the Wake & District Pipe Band. The day started with Skip, Tony and Joe receiving a donation from the Troopers Association of the North Carolina Highway Patrol << thank you troopers!!!

Later that afternoon they were joined by Doc (in his Raleigh Police uniform) Frank "Buddy" Barber, Joe Harwell and Mike Bishop to play for the Raleigh Area Public Safety (RAPS) race. This is event is coordinated by our own Jeff Hammerstein to bring public safety officers from the triangle together for a little competition among comrades. Photos from the event by Mike Legeros can be seen here.

The day didn’t end there…the night concluded with the band performing at a pre Robert Burns celebration at Tir Na nOg. Our thanks to TNN General Manager Annie Nice for coordinating a wonderful evening for band members, our family and friends. The night featured the skirl of the pipes, deep fried Haggis and some solo piping by our haggis piper – John Schodtler.

Thank you to everyone who came out – and sorry for playing so fast. Good night and have a pleasent tomorrow.


We Honor Our Fallen

Drum Major Skip Kirkwood put his mace down and picked up his pipes on Tuesday, January 16, 2008 to honor our fallen. He played at the Bryan Lee Funeral Home on Wake Forest Road for Wake Med Police Senior Emergency Telecommunicator Mike Bazemore who passed away after 28 years of service. Mike always wanted to be a police officer but was unable to due to a physical handicap – and was an excellent, dedicated police telecommunicator for 28 years.

A note from Chief Lisa Pryse – Wake Med Police Department:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to provide the beautiful music at “Mike” Bazemore’s services today. Your group and the service you provide is a wonderful asset to the Public Safety Community. There is no instrument more powerful than the bagpipes at a public safety memorial service. Mike would have been proud of the send-off!


New Bass Drum coming

THANK YOU to Pete Pagano (the owner of Tir Na Nog) and Annie Nice (the General Manager at Tir Na Nog) for a very generous donation to the band which will provide us with a completely new bass drum. Here is a photo of what it will look like – and you can see it live during the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day festivities; we will be in and around Tir Na Nog throughout the Paddy’s season.
nOg bass drum
Thanks Pete, thanks Annie!


Raleigh Fire Department Promotion

Kudos to piper Lloyd Johnson who played his first solo Wake and District performance; Lloyd had the honor to play for his own on Friday, January 11th – the Raleigh Fire Department. Congratulations on a job well done Lloyd and congratulations to all the promoted officers of the Raleigh Fire Department.


January 11 – Raleigh FD – Promotional Ceremony
Mike Legeros photographs


January 11 – Raleigh FD – Promotional Ceremony

Lee Wilson photographs


First Night Photos

The resident band photographer – Lee Wilson – joined the members of the Wake & District Pipes & Drums at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on December 31, 2007 for First Night. He captured a wonderful series of moments like the photo below.photo by Lee Wilson
See all of Lee’s Photos here.


Alpha and Omega

Thank you all (band members, spouses, family, friends, co-workers and groupies) for making 2007 a resounding success for the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums. 2007 began playing the funeral for a friend – the loss of Bruce Wright’s wife Janice – and ended with joy on the faces of a couple hundred people at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History. 2008 will offer new challanges and even more good times.