Archive for April, 2011
On Saturday, April 30th band members participated in the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation RUN FOR OUR HEROES. THE RPD Memorial Foundation is dedicated to honoring the lives and memories of our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duty while serving the City of Raleigh and the Wake & District pipe band is a proud partner of the good work they do. Thank you to all the band members who came out to participate in this event and to Dennis Lane for your hard work in organizing this worthwhile cause and for allowing us to be included in your mission to never forget the sacrifices of loved lost.
This race marks the beginning of a number of events planned to honor our fallen. Band members will be participating in the following events:
– Saturday, May 7th is the North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters march and memorial
– Tuesday, May 10th is the Wake County Law Enforcement Memorial
– Saturday, May 14th is the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC.
This is our mission, this is who we are.
Band members were once again privileged to participate in the Triangle Flight of Honor coming home ceremonies held at Raleigh Durham International airport on Tuesday, April 19th to thank these brave men and women. The Flight of Honor program gives veterans an opportunity to travel in groups on a commercial, chartered flight for a day trip to visit the World War II Memorial erected in their honor in Washington D.C. After a full day in the nation’s capital, the vets and their guides return to a heroes’ welcome – and Wake & District is proud to support this program.
On April 16, 2011 amid tornados wrecking havoc on our area back home, members of the Wake & District Pipe Band were playing the pipes and drums at the Loch Norman Highland Games. While the games had their fair share of wind and rain, we were spared the mayhem experience in Wake & Johnston Counties where we live; thankfully none of our family, friends or co-workers were injured – though several suffered damage to their homes and property.
Band member and Wake EMS Chief Skip Kirkwood had this to say…”Proud of the terrific response by the men and women of the Wake County EMS system, as well as our allied police and fire agencies, to the storm and tornado that made its way across Wake County today. The storm produced several fatalities, several traumatic injuries, and plenty of property damage. Strong work folks! The citizens got the very best that you had to give…”.
April 16th had some wonderful band moments we would like to share which included drummer Jake Egen winning 1st Place in solo drumming competition << CONGRATS JAKE! The day also brought band Drum Major Jason Lane to his 1st highland games where he represent Wake & District with distinction << WAY TO GO JASON! The band got the very best both of you had to give.
The reason is the season << that’s why the band was in Huntersville competing. After 3 very successful years in Grade 5 the band was upgraded to Grade 4 in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) and Loch Norman was the debut of the Grade 4 band and medely which was riddled with problems; truly a shakedown cruise which placed Wake & District last in the pack on the field of Grade 4. As we move onward and upward the plan is not to worry about placings -- rather worry about playing music and allowing the other to come.
Thank you tall all of the family and friends of the band for their support and encouragement as we move onward in the realm of pipe|drum competition. A special note of thanks to Steve Fisher of the NCSU Pipe Band for helping with final tuning which assuaged some burden from our Pipe Major << he needed it. Richard E D'Arata from SAPC Pipe Band also lent a hand << thanks Richie!
Onward and upward Bob!
On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Veterans of World War II and other wars flew from Raleigh to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built for their service. This oppurtunity was made in part thanks to the nonprofit group Triangle Flight of Honor. Among the 100 local veterans honored are a Pearl Harbor survivor, two Silver Star winners, two veterans of WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a set of three brothers from Johnston County who served in the South Pacific.
To those band members who came out tonight to play for the Flight of Honor – on behalf of the Veterans, their families, friends and all those we we had the privilege to play for tonight – THANK YOU. While you could barely hear the pipes and drums over the wall of applause for those humble few – know we made a difference in their homecoming tonight.
A WONDERFUL story of the homecoming from WRAL can be seeh below…
Band members have been rehearsing tirelessly the past few weeks in preparation for the 18th Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games which will be the unveiling of Wake & District in Grade 4. The band has a powerful medley with drum scores composed by Jon Quigg. The medley has a 1970’s Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band feel to it but with some 21st Century lift. With 12 grade 4 bands set to play the circle at Loch Norman — it should be a GREAT competition weekend…wish us luck!