Archive for February, 2011

Parades and Concerts and Pubs, OH MY!


The band is gearing up for the high holy season we call St. Patrick’s – where we will doing our share of preserving cultural heritage and enriching our community by providing traditional Bagpipe and Drum music. The festivities start on Saturday, March 12th in South Carolina where the band will participate for the 3rd year in a row at the 23rd Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival; after the parade the band will be performing on stage for the community. The night before the parade don’t be surprised if a few pipers and drummers meander their way around downtown North Myrtle Beach to play a chune or two…

On Sunday, March 13th band members will be joining the Chieftains in concert in Raleigh and will be performing two sets with the legendary Irish trad-musicians << we couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity!!! The festivities reach on apex on the 17th wherein band members will be making appearances at the following pubs throughout the evening:

– Salem Street Pub in Apex
– Tali Irish Pub and Restaurant at Briar Creek
– The Piper’s Tavern
– Napper Tandy’s
– Tir Na Nog
– Woodys (not really a pub – but a great place to end the night)

Cary Police Benevolent Association


On Saturday, February 26, 2011 band members were honored to participate at the awards ceremony for the Cary Police Benevolent Association. The gala took place at the Embassy Suites in Cary wherein the guest of honor was Roanoke Rapids Officer John Taylor who was shot in the line of duty on 17 November 2010. While our Pipe Major is a State Trustee for the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police, there is never any loathing when it comes to groups who serve the needs of the police – including Wake & District.

Congratulations to the members of the Cary Police Benevolent Association for all you do for your officers and for putting on a nice party…

Our Eagle Scout!


Congratulations to Jacob Egen on becoming an Eagle Scout; you have successfully proven that you can do anything and understand your life, your future, your destiny is in your hands. Making the rank of Eagle Scout is no easy task – the going has often been tough. It takes a lot of time, effort, planning, studying, organization and gumption over many years to achieve all that is required to be an Eagle. A Scout does not do these things alone. Behind every Eagle Scout there usually stand two parents who have given of their time and talents, who have cheered and encouraged, and, yes, sometimes even threatened, to keep their son on the right track.

The fact that Jake is an Eagle Scout now carries a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 4 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. This represents more than 1 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1911. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank – and we are proud of you Jake and so grateful you are a member of the band!

For Our Fallen – Chief Ricky Barbour


On Wednesday, February 9, 2011 our Pipe Major played at the honors funeral services for Wilson’s Mills Fire Chief – Ricky Barbour. Chief Barbour responded to a woods fire on 01/29/2011. The following day (within 24 hours), Barbour experienced chest pains and was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, NC. Chief Barbour was treated at the hospital but never recovered from his injury and passed away just before midnight on 02/04/2011. Photos from the services as taken by Lee Wilson can be seen here.

Chief Ricky Barbour At Rest


The band would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Chief Ricky Barbour of the Wilson’s Mills Fire Department. Chief Barbour had recently suffered cardiac problems and was at Wake Medical in Raleigh receiving treatment when he passed.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church. Burial, with Fire Department Honors, will follow in Knollwood Memorial Cemetery; Ricky will lie in state Tuesday at the church and the family will receive friends from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. that evening.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Ricky Barbour Grandchildren’s College Fund, c/o Four Oaks Bank, P. O. Box 309, Four Oaks, NC 27524.