Archive for March, 2010

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! THANK YOU to all the band members who came out in support of piping and drumming from bar, to bar, to bar, to bar this St. Patrick’s Day. In all – the band played 5 pubs raising over $1000.00 in the process and a grand time was had by all. Check back for photos and other multimedia from the night’s shenanigans… The night ended for the band at our home away from home – Tir Na nOg (photo above with nOg General Mananger Annie Nice who is a blessing to Wake & Distrcit for all of the support she and the pub have given us over the years).

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North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

photo by Clan Mogensen

photo by Véronique McMillan

THANK YOU to all of the band members (along with many family members and friends) for coming out to support the band at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade. No band trip ever goes “perfect” in the eyes of the Pipe Major or even some band members. We do the best with what we have to work with and everyone stepped up to do a fantastic job! From the small group who elbowed their way into playing at Flynn’s Irish Pub Friday night, the pipers on the beach at 1 o’clock in the morning – to every turn and tune along the parade route – WELL DONE – and thank you.

We did have an injury along the parade route – our band photographer, Véronique McMillan took a fall while running through the streets of North Myrtle Beach taking pictures of the band << she didn’t miss a single shot while scraping her hand and scratching her camera. Photos by band photographer Véronique McMillan can be seen here:

Photos from the Mogensen Clan can be seen here:

New (refurbed) Bass Drum


Once again – thank you to band member Jason Hutchins for taking the time to completely refurbish the band’s original bass drum. It is pictured above completely stripped, sanded, painted and clear-coated. New Aquarian heads are attached and the drum was finished off with the band name and motto on the shell. Look for it in a bar near you this St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day 2010


For the 2nd year in a row the band will be on the streets of North Myrtle Beach, SC for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 13th. The band will be back in town for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the Triangle and can be seen at the following locations on Wednesday, March 17th:

• 5pm – Hibernian Pub (311 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603-1406)
• 6-7pm – Salem St Pub, Apex (113 North Salem Street, Apex, NC 27502)
• 6:15-7pm – Piper’s Tavern (8304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615)
• 8pm – Napper Tandy’s (126 North West Street, Raleigh, NC 27603)
• 9pm – Tir Na nOg (218 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601)

St. Patty’s Run Green 8K


On Sunday, March 7, 2010 band members participated in the 2nd Annual St. Patty’s Run Green 8k. While we didn’t actually run in the race – we most certainly partook in a marathon event in playing the pipes and drums for almost an hour straight as the 1500 participants raced to the finish line. Like last year…the band brought in the rear crossing the finish line last. Congratulations for all those who participated (and finished the 8k) and thank you to all the pipers and drummers from the band for spending their Sunday afternoon playing the pipes and drums non-stop; what a way to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Photos and other media will be posted…

For Our Fallen


Hundreds of mourners with broken hearts but fond memories said goodbye Friday with tears and laughter to Durham firefighter Brad Roberts. They remembered Roberts as a loyal friend, a loving brother and son, a devoted firefighter. Some said they couldn’t understand why someone so young — 26 — been taken from them. But one friend thought he knew why: God had taken Roberts to heaven, because he had done such a good job on earth. More than once, speakers at New Horizon Church on Highway 70 broke down in midsentence as they looked at his flag-draped coffin — recalling how he loved fishing, ham sandwiches and Pop-Tarts — but how he loved family and friends even more. They said that Roberts — fatally injured Tuesday while he was off duty when he fell from a tree as he was cutting limbs — had taught them how to treasure every minute on earth, knowing it could be their last. Band member Lloyd Johnson was there to help honor the memory of Brad.

Bass Drum Refurb Round 3


The band’s original bass drum (which was purchased used in 2005 from the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums) is undergoing its 3rd makeover. Under the care of one of our original bass drummers (Jason Hutchins) the drum has been stripped of all glue and foam, sanded, holes filled with wood putty, painted with several coats of black lacquer and is awaiting its final coats of clear coat which will ensure use for years to come… Thanks for taking on this little project Hutch!