Archive for August, 2010

Farewell For Now


On Sunday, 22 August 2010 band members along with family and friends – journeyed to Tir Na nOg for a “farewell for now” party for Annie and Roxie Nice. After the loss of both of her sons (Andrew and Christopher), Annie has resolved herself to leave Raleigh and make Belgium her new home. While we will miss her terribly we simply wish her the peace she deserves. Without Annie, Wake & District would not be who we are or where we are today. In honor of everything she has done for the band, Joe Brady composed a tune in tribute to Annie >> the tune is RESOLUTION:

res•o•lu•tion [rez-uh-loo-shuh n] in musical terms the progression of a part or of the harmony as a whole from a dissonance to a consonance. This tune was composed in honor of a dear friend who is stronger than most and full of resolve and determination in the face of the most discordant of times.

Annie and Roxanne Nice, your loving friends – the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA wish you the best on your next journey; wherever it takes you may it bring you harmony. Slán Abhaile from the Old North State.

>> Photos from the mOg clan can be seen here.

Night Out Against Crime in Wilson, NC


On Friday, 06 August 2010 the band came back from its summer break to the sound of thunderous applause on stage in Wilson, NC. The first Friday of each month the Wilson County Library celebrates on the Lawn in Downtown Wilson for a free community concert, family entertainment and educational opportunities (because of the heat and threat of storms the lawn was thanfully replaced with an indoor, air-conditioned stage). The Wilson community comes together to relax, enjoy and get to know each other a little better – using music and festivities to bring diverse community together.

August 6th was “International Night” and featured the traditional music of the pipes and drums; it was also a night recognizing America’s Night Out Against Crime where police and the community partner together. Did we mention we had belly dancers open for us?

THANK YOU to the band members and family members for coming out to play and support the band back together after our summer recess. With the exception of a couple wrong notes in the Military Medley, the band looked and sounded FANTASTIC.

>> Photos by our official band photographer Véronique McMillan here.

>> Photos from the mOg clan here.