Archive for February, 2009
It is with great sadness our friend and Pipe Sergeant Frank “Buddy” Barber is on the move from the band back to his family in Texas. From the moment Bud joined the ranks of the band (he was a founding member) he has ridden the tide of our tribulations and successes with a simple smile of support and an occasional glib of wisdom. To say he will be missed simply does not express the loss of a cornerstone in our ranks. From our first band gig together honoring September 11th, our trip to Chicago and our last time on stage at Tir Na Nog – the band simply cannot thank you and your wife enough for being a part of our family Bud — and we wish you both great success and happiness. No matter what kilt you find yourself in, you will forever be a member of the District.
On Saturday, February 7, 2009 a small group of band members played at Tir Na Nog. Thanks to those band members along with their family and friends for coming out. Our official band photographer (Véronique McMillan) captured some really great photos from the evening which can be seen from the link below:
On Thursday, February 2, 2009 band members Dave Hamelin and Patrick McArdle participated in the funeral services honoring the life of former state insurance commissioner Jim Long, who died Monday after suffering a stroke. Long, 68, also served as the state’s fire marshal, and his flag-draped casket was carried to the church on an antique fire engine. An honor guard of firefighters carried the casket into the church, and his fire marshal’s hat sat next to the casket in front of the church. The band was honored by the request of the North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation to be a part of the services. News footage and more information on Mr. Long can be found on the WRAL website here: