Archive for December, 2009

Farewell Flip


Members of the band participated in the funeral services for Raleigh Fire Department Lt. Harry P. “Flip” Kissinger IV who died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on December 4, 2009. Flip was a friend and co-worker to several members of the band and we were honored to provide a fitting tribute to him on December 16, 2009.

Photos from the memorial services by Mike Legeros can be seen here.

I Love a Parade


I love a parade – especially when it’s 38 degrees outside. Thank you to all the band members (and family members) who came out for the Wake Forest Christmas Parade on December 12, 2009. We had a nice size group on the field and the pipes and drums didn’t freeze until the very end – the musicians on the other hand were frozen before the parade stepped off.

At Rest: Lt. Harry “Flip” Kissinger


The band would like express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Lt. Harry P. “Flip” Kissinger IV who passed away on 11 December 2009. Flip was Raleigh Fire Fighter and a friend to several members of our band. Flip was only 35 years old and is now survived by a wife and two daughters and so many others.

No more bleeding no more fight. No prayers pleading through the night. Just divine embrace, eternal light in the mansions of the Lord.

The Raleigh Fire Department has requested the presence of the pipes and drums on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at the Pine Forest Memorial Gardens – to provide tribute to Flip’s service with the RFD

Officer Down


The band would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Martin County, NC Deputy Charlie Brown who was killed in the line of duty on 08 December 2009.

Selma Christmas Parade


Thank you to all the band members who came out (2 flags, 7 pipers, 4 mids and 3 sides) for the Selma Christmas parade. Band members sported our new cold weather gear sweaters and were able to stay toasty in the 45 degree evening parade. Wake and District was well received by all those in attendance at the parade. Thank you also to all the family members and friends who came out to support our participation. Our next parade is Saturday, December 12th in Wake Forest!!!

Photos from our band photographer – Véronique McMillan – can be seen here.