Archive for May, 2010
On May 28, 2010 band members traveled to Greenville, South Carolina for the 5th Annual Greenville Scottish Games. This was the band’s second appearance at the games and this year competed in a field of 6 bands; and this time around we were missing a couple of pipers and drummers from the circle…
The band finished 2nd (1,3,2,3) with 48 points tying Charleston Police Pipe Band who took 1st – bettering us with a 1st place ensemble score. Congratulations to the men and women of the Charleston Police Department Grade 5 pipe band – we can’t wait take to the field with you at Stone Mountain.
While quite a bit of criticism lurks about the quality of United States “public safety” pipe bands it is so encouraging to see bands like the Charleston Police and Wake & District go out and represent how well public safety bands can perform in a competitive environment (consistently finishing 1st and 2nd against one another) and still maintain the tradition of proudly honoring fallen comrades.
To the family and friends of the District – THANK YOU – for coming out to support band members in competition both individually and as a group. There is a tremendous amount of work which goes into a 3 minute performance in front of judges and other members of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and while we didn’t bring a 1st place trophy home from Greenville this year – we will continue to work hard, play the best we can and always be in the hunt.
A “job well done” to band members Melissa Fox-Jones and Jacob Egen on their solo drumming events; keep up the good work!
Thank you to the band members who came out on Monday, 17 May 2010 for the Wake County Cardiac Arrest Save Ceremony held at the Progress Energy Center. This event is organized by Wake County EMS and recognizes Wake County public safety officers for saving lives – and reunites them with those survivors and their families. For the 3rd year in a row – band members were honored to take part in the opening ceremonies.
Photos from the event (which was emcee’d by our very own Jeff Hammerstein)can be seen here:
Lee Wilson’s Flickr Page
Each May during National Police Week the nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Ceremonies are held in Washington, DC, and in communities across the country. Throughout the week band members will be participating in services honoring the service and sacrifice of North Carolina law enforcement officers. For more information on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation and police week click here: http://www.nleomf.org/programs/policeweek/
On Saturday, May 1, 2010 the band had the distinct honor to lead the North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial March through downtown Raleigh and ending at Nash Square; the site of the NCFFF Memorial. This is the 5th Anniversary of the NCFFF memorial service and band members have been a part of every march honoring North Carolina’s bravest. To the family, friends and co-workers of every fire fighter who didn’t come home from their tour we extend our condolences. Know the mission of the band is to honor your loved ones. It is not how these brave men and women died which made them heroes – it’s how they lived and Wake & District is privileged to honor them; they are never forgotten.
more to come…