Archive for August, 2009
Mark your calendars…Friday, November 13, 2009 from 8:00 pm – Midnight – Wake & District Public Safety Drums 4th Annual Tartan Ball. Special guests – NC STATE PIPES and DRUMS, Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance, Raleigh Scottish Country Dancers, Jo Moore Kalat School of Scottish Dance.
Tickets on sale shortly (limited to 320).
Thank you to all the band members who participated (and family members for carrying our stuff) at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo parade on 22 August 2009. This was a first on a couple of accounts… It was the first time Melissa Fox-Jones performed with the band (albeit in drag – she was wearing pants because her kilt is on order). This parade was the debut of the band performing “Wake & District” – a march composed by band member Alan Armstrong. The band was awarded a trophy for “Best Pipe & Drum Band” even though we were the only pipe and drum band in the parade (Morrisville Fire Department had 1 piper and 1 drummer in the parade).
A video of the band playing “Wake & District” can be see from the YouTube link below.
The band will celebrate its 4th Annual Tartan Ball on Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Downtown Raleigh Sheraton Hotel. Our guest band this year will be the North Carolina State University Pipes & Drums under the direction of John Sprague. The evening will also feature the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance,
Raleigh Scottish Country Dancers, Jo Moore Kalat School of Scottish Dance, food, fun – and of course some new sets from the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums.
ONLY 320 tickets will be available…
Check back at this website for additional information (like tickets) or email our Drum Major at
Retired Chief Gary Ragland from the Clayton Police Department passed away on 02 August 2009. For those who did not know Chief Ragland – he was instrumental in the creation of the Carolina Pipes and Drums – which became the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums. Chief Ragland retired from Clayton in 2006 and served as a former State Bureau of Investigation agent, former High Point police officer, and former chairman of the Police Science Department at Johnston Community College. Chief Ragland was also a bagpiper who warmly welcomed our Pipe Major to the old North State by providing him with a job with the Clayton Police. You will be missed dearly Chief Ragland.