Archive for April, 2009

Deputy Brandon Scott Coker at rest


The band would like to extend condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Vance County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Scott Coker who died in the line of duty on 25 April 2009. Reflections for Deputy Coker can be left on the Officer Down Memorial Page here:

Taking the Field


On Saturday, April 18th competing members of Wake & District took to the field at Loch Norman kicking off the competition season. Several band members competed solo including Jacob Egan, Matthew Kent, Joe Harwell, Alan Armstrong and Dave Hamelin. We applaud them for competing solo and humbly representing the band in the solo endeavors. Congratulations to Joe Harwell for taking 2nd place in solo bass drumming at his first go at it!!!


The band also took the field in Grade 5 competition and we came in a very close second to the Charleston Police Pipe Band; within 2 points. Of the 4 judges we were rated 1st in drumming, 1st in ensemble, 1st by one of the piping judges and 4th by the other piping judge resulting in a 2nd place overall finish.


The last few weeks have been stressful for the entire competition group. Competition is not easy and is not always fun – but we should all be very proud with how well we did as a pipe section, drum corps and most importantly – together as a band. Thank you to everyone who stepped on the field and to those who came out to support the competing members (family, friends and fellow band members).

Our Pipe Major had his own little paparazzi at Loch Norman in the form of a UNC journalist who was with the band and will be doing a photo story on our mission to honor our fallen comrades – his photo story will be posted to the web in short order. All of the wonderful photos you see here were taken by Véronique McMillan and you can see all of her photos here.

RFD’s 35th Graduating Class


On Friday – April 17, 2009 the Raleigh Fire Department swore in 27 new members, graduates of the 35th class from Department’s Recruit Academy. The band was honored to participate in the ceremony which was held in Exhibit Hall A at the Raleigh Convention Center. On behalf of the band we wish the newest members of the Raleigh Fire Department a safe journey through the next 30 years on the job. Drum Major Jason Lane was one of the instructors of the graduating class and we congratulate him on a job well done. Photos from the event will be posted in short order via the Mike Legeros website and Lee Wilson Flickr page (we will post links when available).

Doing the right things for the right reasons

On Tuesday, April 14th Lloyd Johnson was asked on behalf of the band to do a show and tell program for a class of preschoolers at the Governor Morehead School of the Blind. This event was one way that they band could reach out to our community and fullfil part of our Mission Statement. Lloyd put on an outstanding performance for the kids by both playing his pipes and his diggeridoo.

All of the children at this school are between being legally blind and completely blind. With this in mind special attention was paid by Lloyd to the kids so that they could feel the different parts of our uniform and our musical equipment. From speaking with Lloyd and Ms.Fox who is the teacher, the favorite part of the morning for the kids was being able to feel the different vibrations and listening to the sounds of the diggeridoo being played.

This is another great example of how we can reach out to our community, educate people on both the band and the history of Scottish/Irish bagpipe music, and most importantly bring smiles to children’s faces.




Officer Down


The band would like to extend condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Lenoir County Sheriff’s Department Detective Allen Pearson who’s life was taken the line of duty on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Detective Pearson was shot and killed as he and other members of the agency’s Special Response Unit attempted to apprehend a suspect who had murdered a woman the previous day in a rural area of Lenoir County. Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 11, 2009 and members of the Greenville North Carolina Public Safety Pipes and Drums provided a fitting tribute in honor of the life and service of Detective Pearson.

Reflections for Detective Pearson can be left here at the Officer Down Memorial Page.