Archive for March, 2012

Tartan Day 2012

April 15th is Tartan Day!!!

National Tartan DayThe 2012 National Tartan Day celebration for Raleigh-Durham will be held in Fuquay-Varina at South Park (820 south Main Street, Fuquay-Varina-NC) on Sunday, 15 April 2012. The afternoon will feature the Wake & District Pipe Band, the NC State Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancers, Bonnie Knees contest, children’s activities – and a shinty team on the field. You will also be able tolook up your surname for possible Scottish link and tartan…


  • Times are from 1-4 PM.
  • This is an open field so bring chairs.
  • Admission is free.
  • Event will be canceled in the event of rain.
  • For more information visit

Never too late...

It’s Never too late to say Welcome Home…

While the conflict ended decades ago, “it is never too late to say ‘Welcome Home,’   The wounds are deep and the recognition of service is slow to come for those that served in Vietnam. Read More…

Merger Ceremony

Fire Department Operational Consolidation

THANK YOU to the band members who ventured out on Sunday, March 25, 2012 to take part in a ceremony conducted at the Falls Fire Department at 11908 Falls of Neuse Road, to commemorate and celebrate the department’s merger with the Wake Forest Fire Department. The departments signed an operational consolidation contract on July 25, 2011.

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Cary Indoor Solos

Cary Indoor Solos

Congratulations to all those competitive pipers who participated in the opening volley of solo piping events on Saturday 24 March 2012 in Cary, NC.   Kudos to P.M. Russell for a strong start to his solo season…

Here are some unofficial results:

Grade 4

Grade 4 Jr. – 2/4 March

  • 1 Ally McKinnis
  • 2 Stuart Marshall
  • 3 William Hughes

Grade 4 Jr. – Piobaireachd

  • 1 Stuart Marshall
  • 2 William Hughes


Grade 4 Jr. Trophy – Stuart Marshall


Grade 4 Sr. – 2/4 March

  • 1 Dalton Marshall
  • 2 Peter Armstrong
  • 3 Peter Currie
  • 4 Patty Williams


Grade 4 Sr. – Piobaireachd

  • 1 Dalton Marshall
  • 2 Peter Armstrong
  • 3 Patty Williams

 Grade 4 Sr. Trophy – Dalton Marshall

 Grade 3 – 2/4 March

  • 1 William Shropshire
  • 2 Patrick Wiers
  • 3 Sean Smith
  • 4 Darrell Thompson

Grade 3 -Strathspey/Reel

  • 1 William Shropshire
  • 2 Patrick Wiers
  • 3 Seamus Russell
  • 4 Ned Fenwick

Grade 3 – Piobaireachd

  • 1 William Shropshire
  • 2 Seamus Russell
  • 3 Ned Fenwick
  • 4 Patrick Wiers

Grade 3 Trophy – William Shropshire

Grade 2 – 2/4 March

  • 1 Matthew Poletti

Grade 2 – Strathspey/Reel

  • 1 Connor Thompson
  • 2 Matthew Poletti

 Grade 2 – Piobaireachd

  • 1 Connor Thompson

Grade 2 Trophy – Connor Thompson

Grade 1 – 2/4 March

  • 1 Gabriel Nierman

Grade 1 – Piobaireachd

  • 1 Gabriel Nierman

Grade 1 Trophy – Gabriel Nierman

St. Patrick's Day 2012

Simply Brilliant | St. Patrick’s Day 2012

A simply brilliant St. Patrick’s Day 2012 weekend was had by the members of Wake & District.  We shared in the shenanigans with family and friends who joined us as far as the boardwalk of Myrtle Beach, to the streets and shores of North Myrtle Beach and back home to Raleigh to play in a few of our favorite pubs (all in less than a 24 hour period).

Tir Na nOg hosted a Paddy’s street party the likes of which Raleigh has never seen before; led by Annie Nice and the tri-colors of Ireland – the band took the street for a second Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day parade down Blount Street and put on a wee concert in front of the pub the evening of the 17th.

To every band member who participated, every family member who came out to support us, all of our old friends and so many new friends – THANK YOU.   We hope everyone enjoyed our gift of music, heritage and camaraderie.

To all of our new band members who kilted up for the first time – WELCOME to the circus. For those new friends joining…we can’t wait to have you!

Photos and videos posted by family, friends and fans are all over facebook

Highest Examples of Honor

Highest Examples of Honor

The Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums were in part modeled after what could be considered as the first public safety pipe band – the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland — also known as “The Black Watch“. Until recently designing our own cap badge – you might have recognized our initial cap badge – the badge of the 3rd Battalion Black Watch.

We wear a variation of the Royal Stewart Tartan; the Black Stewart.  The Royal Stewart tartan generally referred to simply as the Royal Tartan, has been associated with the Royal House of Stewart for several centuries. The Stewart monarchs were descended from Walter, High Steward of Scotland, who married Princess Marjory, daughter of King Robert the Bruce. Their son, King Robert II, was the first Stewart king. The male line of the Royal House of Stewart ended with the death of Prince Henry, brother of Prince Charles Edward. H.M. The Queen is chief of the Royal House of Stuart and “chief of chiefs”.  The Royal Stewart tartan is worn by pipers of the Black Watch.  Read More…

Inis Cairde Fundraiser

The Week of Madness Begins…

Many thanks to the small group of pipers/drummers who played on Sunday, 11 March 2012 at Tir Na NOg for our friends – Inis Cairde. Good music, good times…what a nice way to kick of the Irish March Madness. Photos were taken by our Junior Band Photographer, Hunter Mogensen – and can be seen here.

6 weeks to go...

6 weeks to go…

With less than 6 weeks to go for the 2012 Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games – band members are ramping up practices which included a weekend workshop with our registered instructor Ken McKeveny. We still have quite a bit of work to do individually and as a group, but music and deportment continue to look and sound better and better.  It appears both our Grade 4 and Grade 5 will be on the field at Loch Norman this year!

8K Green Run

8K Green Run

Thank you to all those band members who casually came out to support the Annual Green Run on Saturday, 03 March 2012.  It was  an all afternoon full of Irish music and pre-patty’s day practice!  Photos from the event from our Band Photographer – Vero McMillan – can be seen here.

Piping Times Article - March 2012

Alan Armstrong: Piobaireachd Society Conference

On March 24th and 25th the the Piobaireachd Society will hold it’s Annual Conference in Perthshire, Scotland.  Band member Alan Armstrong will be speaking at this conference on his research: An Examination of John Grant’s Music Collection (download the Piping Times article here).  Read More…