Archive for November, 2011

The words “thank you” seem woefully insufficient…


It has been often said that without our veterans, Americans would be speaking Russian, German, Japanese, or perhaps Arabic. Regardless of which view of alternative history you take, we do know that without our veterans America would not be America.

Not all veterans have seen war, but a common bond that they share is an oath in which they expressed their willingness to die defending this nation.

When you ask young men and women to endure great hardships, drastically change their lifestyles and possibly give their lives for you – the words “thank you,” seem woefully insufficient. Simply put, we owe them a debt that can never be re-paid.

To our brothers and sisters in the band who have served, to all of our family, friends and co-workers who serve(d) and our brother Paul who is serving today – we are forever grateful.

Lest we forget.

Bigger and Better…


It has been an amazing journey over these 5+ years watching the band grow and answer the call to fulfill our mission to public safety. Wake & District has been fortunate to have likeminded people seek us out and express interest in becoming a part of the good deeds and good times we share. As we move towards 2012…3 sides drummers, 1 tenor and 6 pipers will be making the transition from student to member – swelling our membership to almost 50.

Wake & District is always open to new membership. Most incoming members are complete beginning students interested in learning the great Highland bagpipes, Scottish snare drum, flourishing and rhythm tenor drum, or bass drum.

The band recognizes the importance for young and old alike to be grounded properly in the basic technique and musicality seen with these unique instruments.

Wake & District also welcomes individuals who already play pipes or drums and are interested in joining a success-driven group of like-minded musicians. While the directive staff does keep their eyes out for talented players, they cannot read minds. If you wish to become a part of our group – do not hesitate to ask. At the earliest convenience, a meeting can be arranged to assess your needs as a player and your future within our ranks.

Jingle to tha jangle, baby…


On Saturday, 05 November 2011 members of Wake & District were joined by our family, friends, co-workers and groupies @ Tir Na nOg Irish Pub for our CD release party and wee Celtic Céilí. The band is grateful to the other entertainers sharing the stage with us >> the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance, Kelly Kent and several Triangle Scottish dancers and the Havers. Some wonderful Celtic craic was on display and a GLORIOUS time was had by all (jingle to tha jangle, baby).

Cheers to Corianna O’Leary for organizing all the raffle prizes and maintaining control over our merchandise throughout the evening; the band raised almost $2,000 which will be put towards kilting several new members of the band!!!

THANK YOU to all the members of Wake & District, our families, our friends and all those who continue to keep the torch lit and support what we do. To Annie Nice and the staff at Tir Na Nog, we are forever grateful for all your kindness.

Photos from the evening by our band photographer Vero McMillan can be seen here.