Archive for December, 2011

Get Hungry, Get Foolish


As Wake & District ramps up towards 2012, we ask you – are you doing what you want and can in your piping/drumming life? “…your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary…” – Steve Jobs

If you’re living someone else’s life or feel trapped, follow your heart and intuition – become a part of everything good and noble Wake & District is doin… Get hungry for piping and drumming – and HAVE FUN!

Scott Nipper At Rest


On behalf of the members of the Wake & District family, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Raleigh Fire Department Jonathan Scott Nipper who was killed in a traffic accident on 21 December 2011; his young daughter was also seriously injured in the accident. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family Scott – you will be missed brother.

Piper (and Raleigh FD Captain) Lloyd Johnson played the pipes at the funeral services on behalf of the members on Wake & District.

Campbell University Fall Commencement


Band members had the privilege to participate in the 2011 Fall commencement ceremonies for Campbell University; several band members and family are Campbell alums… The presence of the pipes and drums always add to the pomp and pageantry of such events << especially fitting for a University with such Scottish heritage. Congratulations to all the 2011 Campbell graduates!

Thank you also to our band members who came out early on a Saturday morning to be a part of the event!

Drumming Workshop with Andrew Hoinacki


What a WONDERFUL weekend the Wake & District team had with Andrew Hoinakci – who composed scores for our 2012 MMSR and MEDLEY.

Andrew is regarded throughout North America as one of the most effective contemporary instructors of Scottish style drumming and band ensemble. He is a respected adjudicator for his fairness, as well as the critical feedback he provides to competitors, and his willingness to expand on his written feedback. He is also active within administrative bodies that oversee competitive grading standards, event sanctioning requirements, and judging credentials.

Andrew’s prime directive is to assist others in their pursuit of increased knowledge, improved skills, and a greater satisfaction from their participation in the Scottish performing arts – and we can’t wait to have him back in Raleigh soon!

For more information on ar2|drumming and the range of professional education and leadership resources for the Scottish performing arts community please visit >>

Deputy Rick Rhyne – at rest


On behalf of the members of Wake & District – we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Moore County Deputy Rick Rhyne who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday, 08 December 2011.

Deputy Rick Rhyne, 58, responded to trespassing report at a house on Morrison Bridge Road around noon and found two brothers inside the residence.One of the men, Martin Abel Poynter, had an outstanding warrant for child support. As Rhyne tried to arrest him, Poynter shot the deputy and then killed himself, authorities said.

Pomp and Pageantry


On Monday, 05 December 2011 members of Wake and District had the distinct privilege to be a part of the pomp and pageantry at the Raleigh Convention Center for the swearing in ceremony for Nancy McFarlane who ascended to the City of Raleigh’s top elected post. McFarlane enjoyed a little pomp and circumstance to welcome her in; the night kicked off with the skirl of the pipes and drums for the 200 plus packed into the seats.

Thank you to Mayor McFarlane and the members of the Raleigh City Council and Mayor’s office for letting Wake & District be a part of the ceremony.

Kids Need Christmas


The economy is terrible and times are tough for a lot of people, the last thing some people want to hear is someone asking them to help out the less fortunate. But, before you get angry, just remember that there are some kids out in the RDU area that aren’t going to be able to have a Christmas. This project (KIDS NEED CHRISTMAS) was started by a fellow band member and over all really decent human >> Patrick O’Leary.

If you can purchase one or two CDs, that’ll be great >> PURCHASE HERE

You’ll feel better in the long run….we promise. Please help us help them.