Archive for November, 2008

Never Forget


It has been often said that without our veterans, Americans would be speaking Russian, German, Japanese, or perhaps Arabic. Regardless of which view of alternative history you take, we do know that without our veterans America would not be America.

Not all veterans have seen war, but a common bond that they share is an oath in which they expressed their willingness to die defending this nation.

When you ask young men and women to endure great hardships, drastically change their lifestyles and possibly give their lives for you – the words “thank you,” seem woefully insufficient. Simply put, we owe them a debt that can never be re-paid.

To our brothers and sisters in the band who have served and our brother Paul who is serving today – we are forever grateful.

Never forget.

40 years of pipe band tradition


The Wake & District Pipe Band would like to congratulate NC State Pipes and Drums for turning 40; 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the band. The band was founded in 1968 by two graduate students, Ted Tonkinson and Bob Howland, who offered beginning piping lessons through the NCSU Student Center. William Muirhead donated funds for the purchase of the first instruments, and the band became part of the NCSU Music Department in the spring of 1969. Today, they are one of the oldest active college-sponsored pipe bands in the United States.

Over the years the Pipes and Drums have performed throughout North Carolina at concerts, parades, and festivals. Their “Music from the British Isles” concert with the NCSU British Brass band has been a NCSU Music Department offering since 1970. Other notable performances include: two guest appearances with the NC Symphony, playing for the openings of the NC Museums of Art, History, and Science, twice piping Governor Mike Easley to the Capitol during his inaugurations, and giving concerts on several occasions at UNC and Duke. The band began competing in 1973 and has participated in contests at highland games as far away as Canada and Scotland. To date they have amassed over sixty first place awards. Pipes and Drums has also distinguished itself as one of the invited bands for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games since 1979.

To celebrate this point in the band’s history – they hosted a special concert on Saturday, November 8th in conjunction with a band alumni reunion. Here is a video link from part of the concert performance: NCSU Pipes and Drums Calypso Tune

3rd Annual Tartan Ball


On Friday, November 7, 2008 the District hosted it’s 3rd Annual Tartan Ball at the downtown Raleigh Sheraton Hotel. The party was a tremendous success and because of band members, their families and all of our friends (especially members of the public safety community we serve) over $13,000 was raised!!!  Our sincere thanks to the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department for honoring the Wake & District family with a rousing set of traditional and show pieces which wowed a crowd of more than 400 – their performace made Raleigh their kind of town.

Some tried and true friends were seen and some new ones were welcomed. Although the party suffered some “technical difficulties” we hope everyone enjoyed the themselves and we invite you back Friday, November 13, 2009 for our 4th Annual Tartan Ball at the Raleigh Sheraton Hotel.

Props to Jason Lane and Mike Bishop for running the show, Alan Armstrong for his piobreachd performance and the members of the District – for a job well done.

Some wonderful photos by our official band photographer – Véro McMillan can be seen here

Photography by Mike Legeros can be seen here

Photography by the infamous Lee Wilson can be seen here

Photography by the Corner Hydrant can be seen here