Archive for July, 2012

Focus on the Moment

There is no point in trying to explain why we don’t achieve something.  If it is due to lack of investment, we need to try harder.  If it was a technique flaw, we need to fix it.  If it was a loss of memory, we need to focus more.   Don’t make excuses… focus on the moment, make improvements and excel.

Practice at home – rehearse together.


NAAPD Student of the Week – Garrett Justice

NAAPDCONGRATULATIONS to band member Garrett Justice for being named the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming student of the week for week 5.  The piping and drumming school, started by the late John McFayden, of Glasgow, Scotland, and Sandy Jones, has been operating in  North Carolina for 41 years! The school’s professional instructors conduct one-week classroom instruction on piping and  drumming.  Read more about the program at their website here >>

Officer Down – Deputy Sheriff William Mast

Watauga County Sheriff's OfficeOn Thursday, 26 July 2012 Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff William Mast – was shot and killed after he and another deputy  responded to a call at a trailer home on Hardin Road in Deep Gap, North  Carolina.   A male suspect at the scene opened fire on the deputies – killing Deputy Mast; another deputy was able to return fire  and killed the offender.

On behalf of the Wake & District family – we extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Mast.

“Watch Out” says that football

Members of Wake & District had the honor to march Raleigh’s Warriors onto the field for their home opener at the Raleigh Rugby Football Club on Saturday, 21 July 2012.  Cu ChulainnThe Warriors” Irish Football Team is a part of the Raleigh GAA.  The Raleigh GAA’s mission is to bring Irish Sport to the Triangle Region and compete in the North American Division of the Gaelic Athletic Association.  For more information check out the GAA on Facebook here.

OFFICER DOWN – Jeremiah Goodson

Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr.Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot and killed as he and another  officer attempted to arrest a homicide suspect at a local gas station in the  5000 block of Fayetteville Road.  Officer Goodson, who was off duty, was  at the gas station and recognized the subject as being wanted for homicide.   He called the police department and notified other officers of the subject’s  location.   Another officer arrived and the two began to approach the car the  subject was sitting in. The man opened fire from inside the vehicle, striking  Officer Goodson in the chest. The second officer and other responding units took  the man into custody.  Officer Goodson had served with the Lumberton  Police Department for six years.

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 On behalf of the Wake & District family we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Lumberton Police Department on their loss.

GMHG open piper of the day

Grandfather Mountain OPEN Piper of the Day

The McKeveny boysCongratulations to our instructor – Ken McKeveny who competed at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games on 14 July 2012.  Ken took two 1sts and three 2nds and won the OPEN PIPER OF THE DAY award for the games.  The photo tothe left is Ken’s sons holding the prizes.  Congratulations Ken; we are fortunate to have you as a part of the Wake & District program.  Other solo competing band members included Seaums Russell who took a 5th in G3 March and Chris Mogenson who off the boards was a campfire piping machine.

RFD Recruit Class 37 :: photo by Mike Legeros

RFD Recruit Academy 37

On Friday 13 July 2012 the Raleigh Fire Department conducted a graduation ceremony for recruit class 37. The event took place at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center in downtown Raleigh and members of Wake & District were honored to participate. We wish all of these brave men and women success and safety in the years of service ahead of them; Godspeed.  For photos from the ceremony please visit Lee Wilson’s Flickr page here and the website of Mike Legeros here.


"WATCH OUT" says that parade

“Watch Out” says that parade…

Pat and Megan BakerOn Wednesday, 04 July 2012 members of Wake & District made the trek to Moore County, North Carolina for the second year in a row to participate in the Village of Pinehurst Independence Day parade through downtown Pinehurst. The band was honored to have Patrick Baker leading the way carrying the United States flag. Patrick is the husband of piper Megan Amorosi Baker and a veteran of the United States Navy.

The above photo is of piper Chris Douglass Mogensen who is sporting his Grandfather Mountain chin-a-corn beard in preparation for his extended stay in the mountains next week.

To all of our band members, families and friends – thank you for all you do.  We hope you had a safe 4th of July.

To all those heading to the mountains – be on the lookout for the manicorn << he bites…

Some photos of the band at the parade (courtesy of the mOg clan)can be found here.

Celebrate courage in the face of adversity…

This Fourth of July, as in years past, Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence and our Nation’s birthday with parades down Main Street, ceremonies at town halls, worship at churches and synagogues, and patriotic moments at picnics and fireworks shows and baseball games. Americans overseas pause in thoughts of home and what our country means to them. All of us remember with wonder and gratitude that we celebrate a profound conception of freedom, one our countrymen have asserted and defended over and over.

That conception of freedom is expressed with eloquence and wisdom in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. The Declaration affirms our belief that government exists to secure our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution provides for a system of limited government which secures these blessings of liberty, ensuring that We the People remain truly in charge.

On this Independence Day, let us recall our Founders’ pledge to make any sacrifice as they fought for liberty and freedom. Let us remember that millions of Americans have struggled to pass on to us the precious gift of Independence — that it is from them that the light of this great national anniversary is truly drawn, and that it is in their name today that we pledge ourselves anew to keep that light burning proud and strong.

To all my fellow Americans, Happy Fourth of July!

– Ronald  Reagan

America's sheriff Andy Griffith at rest

America’s Sheriff – AT REST

Mayberry PolceOn behalf of the Wake & District Pipe Band – we would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and many fans of America’s Sheriff and North Carolina native Andy Griffith – who passed away on 03 July 2012.  Actor Andy Griffith won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” then returned as a folksy 1980s lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island, N.C., at age 86, NBC News has confirmed.

Griffith was born in North Carolina in 1926. He earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The news was first reported to the North Carolina television station WITN by Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith friend. The Dare County, N.C. sheriff later confirmed Griffith died at approximately 7 a.m.