Archive for May, 2009

Duke Raleigh Hospital Memorial Service


Band member/piper Chris Mogensen participated in the memorial day services held by Duke/Raleigh Hospital on Monday, 25 May 2009. This event took place with the Boy Scouts of America; Neuse River District – of which Chris is a Scout Leader.

Coca-Cola 600


On Sunday, May 24th our Pipe Major joined 3 other pipers from across the state to honor our Armed Forces by playing Amazing Grace during the opening ceremonies at the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600. Shortly after the invocation by evangelist Franklin Graham and the “Celtic Force Pipers” playing Amazing Grace, the heavens opened up and drenched the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 and the race was cancelled. Video from the opening ceremonies can be seen here:

Cardiac Arrest Save Ceremony


During National EMS Week, May 17 to May 23, the Wake County Emergency Medical System celebrates achievements which show dramatic strides in cardiac arrest care. Recently completed data from 2008 shows that Wake’s EMS System successfully resuscitated 58 people, an increase from 49 patients saved in 2007.

These accomplishments were celebrated at the Cardiac Arrest Save Ceremony on May 18th at the Fletcher Opera Theater, in the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts. Wake County emergency responders and 2008 cardiac arrest survivors celebrated the achievements of the Cardiac Saves program and the efforts of the emergency medical care system; one of the recipients was our very own Drum Major – Lt. Jason Lane of the Raleigh Fire Department.

Thank you to the group of pipers and drummers who came out to the ceremony. This event was also emceed by piper (and Wake County EMS PIO) Jeff Hammerstein and included a keynote address by piper (and Wake County EMS Chief) Skip Kirkwood. Again – thank you to the men and women of the band who came out to honor these heroes and their families by playing a few tunes on the pipes and drums.

Photos by Véronique McMillan can be seen here.

Photos by Lee Wilson can be seen here.

Gatlinburg, 2009


On Saturday, May 16, 2009 competing members of Wake & District traveled to the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games for solo and band competition. The band competed in Grade V and took FIRST PLACE across the board for the second year in a row!!! Thank you to all the family members and friends for supporting the band and our membership in these endeavors.

Individual member congratulations go to Matthew Kent – 1st place G4JR drumming; Nyssa Cave – 2nd place G3 drumming; Alan Armstrong – 2nd place piobreachd.

Kudos to Sterling Cave for his first G2 drumming debut; Jacob Egen for G4JR drumming; Josh Hinson for G2 piping; Dave Hamelin for G4 piobreachd; Joe Harwell and Warren Hinson for G4 bass drumming << although you didn’t bring home the gold – you make the band very proud!
Photos by our band photographer Véronique McMillan can be seen here.

Bridgeport WV Scottish Games


Congratulations to band member Alan Armstrong who competed solo at the Bridgeport WV Scottish Games on May 2nd – WINNING Gold in Piob and Silver in the 6/8 March; the only two events he played in. WAY TO GO ALAN!

NCFFF Memorial March


Thank you to all the band members who came out to play the NCFFF memorial march this morning; 12 pipers, 4 sides, 3 tenors, 1 bass and 1 Drum Major. Jason Lane did an stupendous job of leading the band. Pat McArdle and his co-worker from the Fayetteville Honor guard joined us on the march in their Fayetteville honor guard uniforms – and they were honored to be a part of our ranks.

The Atlantic Beach Emerald Society Pipe Band joined the march this year (for the first time) and also served as the duty band for the memorial service held after the parade. We shared some camaraderie with them then night before the march and and because of a respect for the mission of honoring our fallen have new friends. We hope they can join us at our our Tartan Ball in November.

Some WONDERFUL photos from our band photographer – Véro McMillan – can be
seen here:

Photos by – Lee Wilson – can be seen here:


Fallen firefighters
honored during parade

Joe Burke at Rest

A friend of the band died yesterday. Joe Burke – a drum sergeant with the Chicago Police Emerald Society and who was at our tartan ball last year – lost his second battle with cancer. Please keep Joe’s family in your thoughts and prayers – he will be missed, but never forgotten because he is a part of our history.


Burke, Joseph P. age 56, Chief of Investigations and Intelligence (IDOC), retired Chicago Police Officer, beloved husband for 34 years to Laura J. (nee Gleason), loving father of Erin and Claire, devoted son of the late Joseph P. and Ann (nee Dolan), dear brother of Alderman Edward M. (Justice Anne M. Burke) Burke and Daniel Burke, loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday, 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., Funeral Monday, 9:00 a.m., from Colonial Chapel 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (1545th / Wheeler Dr. and Harlem) Orland Park to St. Francis of Assisi Church 15050 S. Wolf Rd. Orland Park. Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorials to The One Hundred Club of Cook County or Misericordia Heart of Mercy are appreciated.