Archive for February, 2012

Understanding our band...

Understanding our Band…

With Wake & District now having six years of experience behind us, we have grown into what could be considered the adolescent years. No longer the infant, trying to steady ourselves as we learned to stand, then walk and finally move forward, we now stand strong and sure. We are in the prime of our youth, a time when feet are planted squarely. It brings with it a feeling of confidence and of triumph. It is a wonderful place to be.

We have recently welcomed several new prospects and members to our group – and we are always meeting new friends and making new fans. From time to time – friends, fans and other musicians pose the question, “What makes your band so different?” To be able to answer this question, one need only understand our mindset; we are a group of like-minded people, whose strength comes from this singular mindset. What is it? Simply this…we answer the call.

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Piping in Partnership

Piping in Partnership…

Partnerships are formed between a number of individuals, agencies or organizations with a shared interest. There is usually an overarching purpose to work together on a range of specific objectives.  Wake & District is proud of all of our partnerships established over the years who support our mission to honor our fallen comrades and promote cultural heritage and enrich our community by providing traditional Bagpipe and Drum music .

While our supporters do include all of our family, friends and co-workers — we would like to point out just a few businesses and organizations who continue to support our aims and objectives:

Partnerships are often formed from existing networks or where there is a history of collaborative work. However, there are circumstances where it is important to invite new partners to the table and Wake & District is always willing to work with others.  We continue to seek out strategic partnerships which can bring together key agencies and organizations to identify long term priorities to sustain and improve our band – and the mission we serve. Through community planning strategic partnerships develop a sustainable community strategy where, by working together, we can make a bigger difference.

If you are interested in partnering with the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums do not hesitate to contact us.


Assistant Chief Danny R Hinton at rest

Assistant Chief Danny Hinton 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 Antioch Fire Department, Assistant Chief Danny Hinton who was laid to rest on 24 February 2012.  Piper Joe Brady was at the service to provide a distinguishing tribute.

Danny is survived by his wife, Diane Hedman Hinton; son Kevin Hinton and wife Crystal; grandson Ty Hinton; brother Mike Hinton and sister Toni Hughes.  Click here to share a memory or leave a comforting message for the family.

Saying Goodbye to Angus

Saying Goodbye to Angus

On 23 February 2012 the Durham Highway Fire Department laid to rest one of their own; Angus Highway.  Angus will always be a part of the Durham Highway Fire Department and the community they serve. He was an invaluable symbol for Durham Highway and the best fire house dalmatian anyone could ask for.

On behalf of the members of Wake & District, we extend our condolences to the 16 House – who will never be the same without Angus; he will be forever missed and remembered.

A note of thanks to band member Michael Bishop for providing bagpipes at the last call for Angus.

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Website Re-Boot

Website RE-BOOT…

We are so grateful and humble for our collective talents, hard work – and the opportunities we have to perform and grow; all the while sharing what we do with the world.  The band’s website –  – went online in July of 2006 and is an amazing collection of photos and details of the band’s journey.

Over the past 6 years we’ve been fortunate to have our website hosted by the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police ( but today – we are thrilled to announce a website re-boot hosted at using the WordPress content management platform.

The re-boot would not have been possible without the technical know-how and gracious assistance from band member >> DALE ROE >> whose knowledge of Word-Press and all things web related allowed for the myriad of enhancements.

While the new website does have a fresh, clean look – much of the same content we’ve shared since 2006 is still contained herein.  However, we have added some new features both behind the scenes and for your browsing pleasure.

Some new features include:

The new website is a work in progress and we invite you to continue to come back and visit the band online to see what’s new and how we will integrate this new web platform to deliver information on our mission…

Why Checkered Glengarry Caps?

Why checkered Glengarry caps?

The Sillitoe Tartan was originally developed by Percy Sillitoe a pattern – of black-and-white or blue-and-white chequered markings.

Sillitoe tartan key function was to clearly identify a person as being linked to the Scottish police, and later to the rest of the British police, and was originally based on that used by several Scottish regiments on the Glengarry cap.

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St. Practice Day, 2012

St. Practice Day…

Thank you to all the members of Wake & District who made it out for a lovely outdoor practice on the afternoon of Saturday, 18 February 2012. With less than a month to go – the band is making steady strides for what will be our 4th visit to North Myrtle Beach for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but more importantly – a first band performance for 11 newly kilted band members. To those new band members…strive to be humble and grateful for one another, our collective talents, hard work – and the opportunities we have to perform and grow. Welcome to the District.

our newest kilted band members

What's In a Name...

What’s In a Name…

A district is a term for a type of administrative division. Entities known as districts vary greatly in size, spanning entire regions or counties, several municipalities, or subdivisions of municipalities.

The Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums call Raleigh, North Carolina home. Raleigh sits in the Capitol District of the State of North Carolina; Wake County. We wanted to start a pipe band but did not have enough members to field our own “Raleigh” band – so reached out to regions or districts to support our mission. In forming the band we relied on these districts to draw members from and we support the men and women who serve as public safety offices in Durham County, Orange County Wake County, Johnston County, Nash County among others.

The founding public safety agencies are listed on our Drum Major’s Baldric and include: the Raleigh Police Department, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Raleigh Fire Department, the Garner Fire Department, the Wake County paramedics, and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. Among others, our drum Sergeant and pipe corporal are retired officers of the United States Armed services.

Andrew Hoinacki, ar2|drumming

Quintessential in our growth…

Andrew Hoinacki of ar2|drumming is the finest example of how a drum instructor should operate. His instruction is instrumental keeping Wake & District focused on future achievement. We take great pride in all our endeavors and realize there is always a higher level of excellence to be won and Andrew is quintessential in our growth. Our members share strong bonds beyond the competition circle, fostering relationships with other members of the team. Professional instruction allows us to flourish as an organization and continue to move forward; we are proud to have Andrew as part of our coaching team. His workshops and individual student relationships began with a few simple rules. He cites violations during his teaching sessions not only to keep the mood light, but also to keep our members focused on goals and the effective means toward achievement. Thanks to Andrew our drummers continue to absolutely love drumming!

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Not good, but better...

Not good, but better…

Band members had a vindicating weekend workshop with instructors Andrew Hoinacki and Ken McKeveny over the weekend of 9-11 February 2012.  The Grade V drum scores were disseminated to the drummers and instruction is underway.  The Grade IV MMSR is coming along nicely on the part of the pipes, sides and mid-section.  The family is working hard and ready to put things together as we journey towards the 2012 EUSPBA competition season.  Various photos from the weekend workshop can be found on the band’s Facebook page here.