Archive for April, 2012

NCFFF Memorial, Saturday 05 May 2012

Those who serve, those who sacrificeOn Saturday, 05 May 2012 – members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums will be participating in the 7th Annual North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation (NCFFF) memorial march and service.  The NCFFF is organized to lead the effort to remember North Carolina’s fallen firefighters and their families.  Members of  Wake & District have participated in this event since 2006 and it here (where fallen fire fighters from across North Carolina are remembered) Wake & District came into being.

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Heroes are NEVER forgotten

Heroes Are Never Forgotten…

run don't walkOn Saturday, 28 April 2012 members of Wake & District participated on the 4th Annual Run For Our Heroes 5K race hosted by the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation; they had close to 1500 participants and volunteers.    Thank you to our band members and everyone who participated – taking time to honor our fallen heroes and their family members.

The memorial foundation is excited about the 2013 Run For Our Heroes 5K run/walk scheduled for Saturday, April 27th. Will you be there honoring these officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice?

For more information on Run For Our Heroes visit their website here.

A Night @ the nOg

A Night @ the nOg

On Saturday, 28 April 2012 members of Wake & District were on stage at Tir Na nOg supporting some of the local Highland Dancers.  Between the dancers, the pipe band and the music of James Olin Oden – it was yet another brilliant night @ the nOg for everyone in attendance.  Some lovely photos from our official band photographer Véronique McMillan – can be seen here.

Wake & District – Our Drum Major Saves Puppies…

photo by Lee WilsonThis photo has been making it’s way around the world and we are proud to say this is one of our own on the job;  Drum Major and Raleigh Fire Department Lieutenant Jason Lane of R1-B with the boxer pup on 15 March 2011 at a 2nd Alarm Apartment Fire in the 4700 block Dansey Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina  Seems the photo – taken by Lee Wilson – is a big hit.

The emotion in this pic is captivating; a fire-fighter simply doing his part.

Honey-Badger Don't Care...

Out in the Wild…

crazy-ass pipe bandIn the spirit of the Best Nature Video of all Time >> Honey Badger Don’t Care – we are proud to present our own spin on that video and our crazy, nasty-ass band.   The video clips are from the band out in the wild and unlike the Honey-Badger (who doesn’t care), we do.  A special note of thanks to our whimsical narrator Randy for providing the commentary; a truly a shameless production 😉


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Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Tody (25 April 2012) is Anzac Day – a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.  To our comrades in in Australia and New Zealand our thoughts are with you and all those lost at war.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. – Ronald ReaganRead more

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Loch Norman 2012 - bigger and better

Bigger and Better

Wake & District was well represented at the 2012 Loch Norman Games by competing members in solos, Grade 5, Grade 4 along with a myriad of supporting band members, family members, friends and fans.  The morning solos landed Jacob Egen a 1st place finish in drumming.  The band’s Grade 5 band took to the field for the first time together placing 3rd overall.  Grade 4 had some highs and lows placing 7th overall in a field of 13 with our drummers placing 1st.

Congratulations to the North Atlanta Pipe Band (1st Place Grade 5), Upstate United Pipe Band (1st Place Grade 4) and the Atlanta Pipe Band (1st Place Grade 3) – and to all the bands who came out to support the Loch Norman games and the traditions of highland piping and drumming.

As the band’s program continues to grow – we remain focused on control and competence.  For the fingers, its execution.  For the mind, its expression and control.  For the body its posture and muscle independence.  For the instrument, its proper maintenance, tuning, and tone.

To all those folks who continue to support what we do – THANK YOU.  To those who are new to our family – WELCOME.

Things are getting bigger and better….

Some photos from the day can be seen here.


FDIC 2012

FDIC 2012 (band of brothers)

FDICDuring the week of April 16-21, 2012 band member (and Garner FD Captain) Mike Bishop traveled to the heartland of the United States to attend FDICthe world’s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition.   Part of the tradition of the fire service encompasses the skirl of the pipes and drums; their presences was made known throughout the 2012 FDIC events.  Have pipes will travel was Mike’s mantra as he arrived in Indianapolis playing side by side with a band of brothers and sisters of the fire service.

Mission Accomplished

On April 18, 2012 Wake & District had the honor to be a part of the Heroes’ Welcome at RDU Airport as the last Triangle Flight of Honor came home after visiting the memorial in their honor.

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Triangle Flight of Honor

Flight of Honor – Wednesday 18 April 2012

The final Triangle Flight of Honor will depart from Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 and members of Wake & District will be there for the homecoming at 8:00 pm.  The Triangle Flight of Honor is a program which flies veterans to Washington D.C. to tour the WWII memorials constructed in honor of their service.  There is a ”Heroes Welcome” celebration in the center atrium of the RDU parking garage after the flight where over 2,000 people on several levels of the garage will welcome their heroes home << BE THERE!