Archive for September, 2009

Wake Forest Irish Fest


On Saturday, September 26, 2009 band members performed at the First Annual Wake Forest Irish Fest which was facilitated by our friend Annie Nice (the GM at Tir Na nOg). Annie – you do a TREMENDOUS job of bringing the Irish Community together and it just keeps getting better!!! Thank you to all the band members who came out for what was a very long day. A special thanks to all our family members and friends who helped sell t-shirts and pins! For those who played – well done! The crowd truly enjoyed what we provided musucally to the festival — the crowd’s applause and cheers proved it.

Some wonderful photos from the fest by Tir Na Nog’s photographer can be seen here:



Band Photos


On Saturday, September 26, 2009 band members shined their shoes and polished their pipes and drums for a photo-shoot. The morning started at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, traveled to the Wake County Public Safety Center and ended at the Raleigh Convention Center in the shadow of Sir Walter Raleigh (who tried to play the pipes). A special thanks to Véronique McMillan and Lee Wilson for sharing their time and talent in taking the photos – and thank you to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Raleigh Police and Wake County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in facilitating a trouble free photo session. It was nice to see almost the entire band present for the photos and we’re very happy some of our newest members were able to participate.

Photos from Véronique can be seen here.

Photos from Lee Wilson can be seen here.

2nd Place in Charleston!!


A job well done to those who competed in Charleston this past weekend taking 2nd place to the Charleston Police. The drummers won best drum section in Grade 5 and have an award to prove it. Truly a job well done by the sides, mids and bass drummers! In terms of solo competition Joe Harwell took a 2nd in Bass Drumming and Warren took a 3rd. Alan Armstrong finished a strong 4th in Piob; other solo competitors included Josh Hinson, Jacob and Dave Hamelin << so congrats to all of you for representing the District on the field. The judges and other bands had a lot of good things to say about the District and our program; we should all be very proud of collective and individual accomplishments of the band and its members in the competition circuit as it helps improve our ability fulfill the band’s primary purpose of honoring the public safety community.

Photos courtesy of our official fill-in photographer Lesa Egen can be seen here.

Tartan Ball Tickets now on sale!!!

Tickets to our 4th Annual Tartan Ball – being held Friday, November 13, 2009 from 8:00 pm – Midnight at the Downtown Raleigh Sheraton Hotel are now on sale exclusively through PayPal.

Our guest band this year is the North Carolina State University Pipes & Drums under the direction of Pipe Major John Sprague. The night will also feature the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance, Raleigh Scottish Country Dancers, Jo Moore Kalat School of Scottish Dance.

Although a full service cash bar will be available – other adult kegged beverages will be available as part of the ticket price (along with some light appetizers).

This event is limited to only 320 tickets – and as soon as the 320th ticket is sold via PayPal – there will be no more tickets and you will have to wait until our 5 year anniversary party in 2011…

Here is how to get your tickets – click the link below (you do not have to have a PayPal account to purchase tickets – you can use a credit card or check for electronic payment). Tickets will be at the door the night of the party.

We Honor Our Fallen


The band would like to express our heartfelt condolences to our band brother Lloyd Johnson on the loss of his baby brother Scott Johnson who bravely lost a battle with cancer on 03 September 2009. Scott was only 38 years old and served as a Lillington Police Officer for 3 years and a Sanford Police Officer for 15 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lloyd and his family – along with all of Scott’s friends and co-workers. Lloyd – we cannot express how much we love and care for you and rest assured we will stand by your side.

Thank everyone who came out to honor Lloyd’s brother Scott at the funeral services in Angier. Our mission is to provide a distinguishing tribute to our fallen comrades and to be in service to the family, friends and co-workers of public safety employees of North Carolina and today we fulfilled this mission with dignity and solemnity.