Archive for June, 2010

This One Tune…At Band Camp


While the band in general is on a bit of a summer break, several members (including a few who won band scholorships) will be traveling to Valle Crucis, North Carolina for the 2010 sessions of the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming. The piping and drumming school, started by the late John McFayden, of Glasgow, Scotland, and Sandy Jones, has been operating in North Carolina for 39 years! The school’s professional instructors conduct one-week classroom instruction on piping and drumming. Room, board and tuition are included at a very reasonable price. Learn more here

Have a good time everyone!

Hot in the City @ Tir Na Nog | 19 June 2010


Yes – we are on a band break, but thank you to the band members who came out on a hot Saturday night in downtown Raleigh to play some tunes at Tir Na Nog. Not quite our best performance ever (see what a few weeks off does) but everyone had a good time and enjoyed some good company. Our Drum Sergeant even got to play one of the new Pearl side drums. Did we mention it was HOT out?!

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

Christopher Vine-Britton | at rest


The band wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences to Annie Nice on the death of her 26 year old son Christopher E. Vine-Britton. Christopher was only 26 years old and was in such turmoil since the death of his brother Andrew Britton who died 27 months ago. We will keep Chris in our prayers that his soul will be delivered into the hands of an understanding God and arms of a loving brother.

Annie and Roxanne, there are no words we can share to assuage the pain and sorrow which must be yours at this loss. Because of your love for him – Christopher will live on and never be forgotten.

We are so deeply sorry for your loss Annie – please know how much we love you and pray for your family.

Say “Drums”


This past week the band took possession of some gently used Pearl Drums from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC. Adding to our current kit are 6 snares, 4 tenors and 2 bass drums all in a lovely shade of Emerald Mist. Our thanks to Bill Pendergrass and Dennis Lane of Ravenscroft School for looking out for the Wake & District and allowing us to purchase this equipment at such a economical price. As we order some new heads and harnesses – look for these drums on the street and in the circle in the months to come.

Congrats Pete and Katy!!!


On Saturday – June 5, 2010 band members had the distinct honor to provide pipe and drum music for Pete Pagano and Katy Shea on the occasion of their Wedding. Pete is the owner of Tir Na Nog and has been a strong supporter of the band since day one.

Our Pipe Major was on hand outside the Church as the newlyweds came out of the church and was joined by a mini-band from the District to play at Tir Na nOg during the cocktail hour. This was followed by an impromptu parade from Tir Na nOG to their reception in the Farmers Market. Pete and Katy, may your marriage be filled with all the right ingredients: a heap of love, a dash of humour, a touch of romance, and a spoonful of understanding. May your joy last forever. Congratulations!

Thank you to band members Mike Bishop, Lloyd Johnson, John Dornblazer, Chris Mogensen and Joe Brady for representing the band on this occasion.