Archive for August, 2012

Jimmy V Foundation

A Magical Weekend with the Jimmy V Foundation

Jimmy V - Sir Walter RaleighWake & District was honored to participate at V Foundation for Cancer Research events this weekend.  On Saturday, 25 August 2012 the band peformed at the Gala which took place in the grand ballroom of the Raleigh  Convention Center.  This elegant, black tie affair celebrated a year of achievements in cancer research by The V Foundation.  This year the foundation recognized and honor 9/11 First Responders now battling cancer.   On Sunday, 26 August 2012 our Pipe Major and Drum Sergeant played the “shotgun start” for the 19th Annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic held at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on Centennial Campus at NC State University.

Throughout his life, Jim Valvano kept a list of things he wanted to do on note cards in his pocket.  The last note card Pam Valvano pulled out of Jim’s sport coat pocket read, “find a cure for cancer.” Jim dreamed of an event that would raise significant funds for cancer research.  Nineteen years ago, that dream became a reality in the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic.   Wake & District is proud to support this magical weekend and the achievements in cancer research by The V Foundation.


Aw go on, have some tea…

It appears Jean and Seamus Russell are enjoying their Scotland/Ireland vacation – pausing for a photo at the rectory of the late Father Ted on Craggy Island. There’s always time for a nice cup of tea.  Sure, didn’t the Lord himself pause for a nice cup of tea before giving himself up for the world.  By all accounts to two are having a brilliant time across the pond.  Enjoy the tea and we can’t wait to see you back in the circle!



Wake & District would like to extend our congratulations to Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE and the men and women of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band who were crowned World Pipe Band Champions on 11 August 2012 in Glasgow – Scotland.  Only two members of Wake & District were on hand in Scotland watching the competitions (Jean and Seamus Russell) while the rest of the band watched streaming video from Glasgow Green at Tir Na nOg.

Congratulations to all the bands who competed on Glasgow Green including several bands from the United States of America. Video of all the Grade 1 performances can be seen here >>

Complete World Pipe Band results as as follows:

Grade 1 Overall
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
2nd ScottishPower (Scotland)
3rd Simon Fraser University (Canada)
4th Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
5th St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
6th Strathclyde Police (Scotland
Drumming overall Boghall & Bathgate
Drumming MSR Boghall & Bathgate
Drumming Medley Boghall & Bathgate
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd ScottishPower
3rd Boghall & Bathgate
4th Inveraray & District (Scotland)
5th St Laurence O’Tolle
6th Simon Fraser University
Judges: Iain MacLellan, David Clark (piping); D. Goodall (drumming) ; Bob Shepherd (ensemble)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd ScottishPower
3rd Simon Fraser University
4th Strathclyde Police
5th St Laurence O’Toole
6th Inveraray & District
Judges: Harry Stevenson, James Wark (piping); Joe Noble (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)
Grade 2 Final
1st Denny & Dunnipace-Gleneagles (Scotland)
2nd St Thomas Alumni (USA)
3rd Bagad Brieg (Brittany)
4th Buchan (Scotland)
5th Glasgow Skye Association (Scotland)
6th University of Bedfordshire (England)
Drumming: Bagad Brieg
Judges: Sam Young, Colin Moffett (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); Peter Snadden (ensemble).
Grade 3A
1st Robert Malcolm Memorial (Canada)
2nd Police Service of Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
4th Raffrey (Northern Ireland)
5th City of Edinburgh (Scotland)
6th Colburn IOR (Scotland)
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole
Grade 3B
1st Ballybriest (Northern Ireland)
2nd Royal Burgh of Stirling (Scotland)
3rd Moneygore (Northern Ireland)
4th Granshaw
5th College of Piping (Canada)
6th RAF Waddington
Drumming: Ballybriest
Grade 4A
1st New Ross and District (Northern Ireland)
2nd Tullylagan
3rd Searle and District
4th Achil
5th University of Bedfordshire
6th Brady Ulster Scots
Drumming: New Ross and District
Grade 4B
1st Cochrane and District
2nd Colburn IOR
3rd Prestonpans RBL
4th Tamlacht O’Crillie
5th Irvine and District
6th Odenwald Pipes and Drums
Drumming: Cochrane and District
1st George Watson’s College
2nd St Thomas Episcopal School
3rd Dollar Academy
4th Boghall and Bathgate
5th Inverkeithing and District
6th Kintyre Schools
Drumming: George Watson’s College
Novice Juvenile
1st Scotia Glenville
2nd George Watson’s College
3rd Robert Malcolm Memorial
4th 1st Troon Boys Brigade
5th Oban High School
6th Lochgelly High School
Drumming: George Watson’s College

25,000 and counting…

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 online in July of 2006 and has been an amazing collection of photos and details of the band’s journey.  In February of 2012 we did a re-boot of our website which would not have been possible without the technical know-how and gracious assistance from band member >> DALE ROE >> whose knowledge of Word-Press allowed for the myriad of enhancements.

Since the re-boot we have had over 25,000 pge views!!!  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 continue integrate thisplatform to deliver information on our mission…

Fundraiser for WEE Caroline

Caroline ParninOn Sunday, August 5th the band was honored to participate at a fundraiser @ Tir Na nOg to help raise money for our friend and longtime band fan Caroline Parnin who recently broke her ankle requiring surgery. Caroline has no health insurance so she was not covered for the expenses which ensued; in addition to the growing medical bills she can’t work for at least a couple months and has no income coming in to make mortgage payments and the like.  Thank you to all the band members and our those family members and friends who came out to support Caroline.