Archive for January, 2012
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Since the formation of the band in 2006, members have discussed producing a compilation of tunes which represent our mission to better recognize and thank the individuals who risk their lives on a daily basis for the safety of the community. Wake & District’s long awaited 9 track EP >> FOR OUR FALLEN << is now available. The music strives to honor up those heroes who have lost their lives in these endeavors with the music contained therein. Tracks include:
- Introduction by Annie Nice
- For Our Fallen by Alan Armstrong (recording here)
- Roses for Johnny March Set
- Wake & District Regimental March by Alan Armstrong
- Days Far Gone by Jamie McMillan
- Slow Air/Jig Set (Suo Gan and Cork Kill)
- Honor Our Fallen by FF Ron Stepka
- Amazing Grace
- For Our Fallen (reprise) & Balmoral
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A brilliant night for the Rabbie Burns Dinner was held on 27 January 2012 @ Tir Na Nog. THANK YOU all who came to support it and all who helped make it happen (especially Annie Nice for organizing the shindig). Loads of talent in the house last night – thank you to the Raleigh Scottish Fiddle Players, Davy Morrison and the brilliant Cutthroat Shamrock Band. Don’t forget Tir Na nOg’s chef Aaron Vaughen for turning out an amazing Scottish Dinner including made from scratch HAGGIS.
Thank you to all the band members along with their families and friends who came out to support a wee fundraiser for the band as well – 10% of all food sales last night went to the band!
Thank you all.
Remember people, no matter who you are, and whatever you do to live, thrive and survive, there are still some things that make us all the same: you, me, him, them – everybody, everybody!
2011 brought about many changes in our organization. Our mission will always be to provide traditional bagpipe and drum music and to be service to those brave men and women who serve and protect. Furthering our musical mission, competing members of the band continue to challenge competitive levels in both piping and drumming >> all the while having fun and enjoying the camaraderie.
Wake & District is certainly 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 Public Safety Pipes & Drums 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, WE CANNOT READ MINDS. If you wish to become a part of our group – do not hesitate to ask – or come to our open house…
On Sunday, 22 January 2012 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm our competing members will be hosting an Open House at Tir Na nOg.
Band leadership will be on hand to provide information to those interested in joining our ranks. We will be available to discuss our upcoming competition season, events and what it means to be a part of Wake and District!
If you are a piper or drummer stop on by the nOg >> we’d love to talk with YOU about joining our organization.
Join the members of Wake & District on Friday, 27 January 2012 @ 7:00 pm at Raleigh’s premier Irish Pub >> Tir Na nOg to pay tribute to Robert Burns. This will be an evening of Scottish Music led by Wake & District, NC Scottish Fiddle Players and from Scotland >> former member of Albannach musician/poet/artist BIG DAVY MORRISON who will address the Haggis and during and during dinner he will perform Scottish music; the Haggis will be piped in by Wake & District.
Dinner is served for this event from 6pm until 10.30pm reservations recommended for stage side seating. Menu will be posted on TNN events page from Jan 20th and 10% of all proceeds go to support your local pipe band…
Late night show a 1st visit from CUTHROAT SHAMROCK. $5 cover starts at 9.30pm Reservations call 919 833-7795
We here at the District wish all of you a very Happy New Year, along with all of the hope and anticipation that accompanies this time of renewal. As we do each year about this time, we like to share with you all what the past year has been like for us. So without further ado, here we go.
For most of our existence, we have saved our own special time of celebration for the fall of the year. In 2011, the band marked a special milestone, so we departed from this tradition in order to hold a Fifth Anniversary Concert at the Progress Energy Center in January. Helping us celebrate five years of service to our public safety community were the NCSU Pipe Band and World Champion Piper John Cairns. Both Irish and Scottish dance were well represented as well, as the pipes filled a sold out Fletcher Hall. From all of us in the band, we very humbly thank you all for your show of support. It is our happiness and our reason for being here.
Since we are first and foremost a group of like-minded players that have formed this band in order to serve, let us tell you about some of the ways we accomplished the mission in 2011.