Raleigh’s pipe band — the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums – once again had the honor to play for Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and elected government officials on Monday 02 December 2013 at the 35th Raleigh City Council oath of office ceremony. Mayor McFarlane told our Drum Major, Jason Lane, with a smile ”…everytime I turn around, you’re around me…”. It is our privilege madam Mayor, to supply a litle background music at such joyous events. Congratulations on your second term – and congratulations to all the elected officials serving the City of Oaks. Photos from the event taken by band member Ashby W Spratley III can be seen here
From the City of Raleigh web-portal: (http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/news/content/CorNews/Articles/MayorandCityCouncilSwearingIn.html)
A swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected Mayor and City Council was held Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Raleigh Convention Center.
The installation marked Nancy McFarlane’s second term as Mayor of Raleigh and the 35th Raleigh City Council under the council/manager form of government. This is the 21st City Council under the district system, with direct election of the Mayor.
Mayor McFarlane stressed that while it was wonderfully exciting to live in a city that is accustomed to winning laurels and top rankings, and being described by superlatives, it also carries with it an immense responsibility to maintain this envied quality of life and robust economy. She reminded the audience that in order to do that, the City must always be planning for 30 years down the road.
The Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums played the Council’s processional. A color guard from the City of Raleigh Fire Department presented the colors to begin the ceremony. The invocation was offered by the Rev. Dr. Tom Harris senior pastor of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church. Musical renderings were offered by the F.B. Weaver choir of Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
Vast Design helped Wake & District understand who we are through a creative, strong and humble design which speaks volumes. The mark consists of the letters “FOF”, For Our Fallen, making the shape of a shield. In the center is our checkered Battenburg pattern worn by band members in our glengarry hats. Our checkerboard represents the City of Chicago Police Department where one of our members served.
The mark represents everything Wake & District stands for, “For Our Fallen”.
This is a 2.84″ x 3.25″ die-cut chrome colored decal; same as the decals on our drums and more…
“For Our Fallen” is everything we stand for. You can represent with this navy blue flex-fit hat with our “4 our fallen” logo on the front. These are limited edition hats we will ship for FREE!
“For Our Fallen” is everything we stand for. You can represent with this navy blue t-shirt with our “4 our fallen” logo on the front left chest and back. The bands FOR OUR FALLEN mark is on the right sleeve. These are limited edition t-shirts and we will ship for FREE!
Has the definition of what a pipe band should be changed for good? Not in Raleigh, North Carolina. We don’t think it’s different. There is real camaraderie. We are truly a part of our community. There is so much more to our pipe band than winning competitions (though winning is so much fun). Saturday, 23 November 23 2013 was a reflection of the good times which can be had whilst surrounded by so many good people. THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Tir Na nOg to support Wake and District at our 8th annual fall fling – this year our Pipe Band Pub Night.
Our success is based on our membership, our families, our friends, our fans – everyone who smiles when the hear the skirl of the pipes and beat of the drum . As a young band we have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. There is so much more to the definition of a successful pipe band than a bunch of casual acquaintances winning prizes. With new members joining every day our program gets bigger and better. We also understand old members will depart us, but remain rich within us. Come what may, we will face the future with fortitude…
On Saturday, November 23rd join the members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums as we celebrate yet another tremendous year together. This year our “Pipe-Band Pub-Night” will feature performances by members of Wake and District, the NCSU Pipe Band, My Three Kilts and the lovely Montgombery Sisters!!!
Let us know you’re coming via Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/162912860563951/
It will be an evening full of piping, drumming, dancing, singing and meriment. We will have special edition FOR OUR FALLEN t-shirts, hats and mason-jar pint glasses available for sale.
A $4 cover charge is being requested with proceeds for our fallen; there will be a toast to our fallen at 10:00 pm.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 23rd
at Tir Na nOg Irish Pub
218 South Blount Street, Raleigh
from 7:00 pm – Midnight.
- Cover charge (donation) of $4 per person is requested
- 4 OUR FALLEN T-shirts and flex fit hats will be $15
- 4 OUR FALLEN Mason jars with free refills will be $20
- food and drink specials will be available from the pub…
On Saturday, 09 November 2013 members of Wake & District had the privilege to march behind the Raleigh Police Department Honor Guard – leading the 2013 North Carolina Veterans Day Parade. Thank you to Mr. Terry F. Chatfield, Vice President, Wake County Council of Veterans Organizations, Inc and Mr. Scott Kennedy of the North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution for inviting the band to perform in the parade and giving us the honor to be up front helping lead the way. Thank you to Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and the members of the Raleigh City Council who were there with her on the reviewing stand on a crisp fall morning in the City of Oaks.
Honestly…we hate everything about parades: the staging, the weather, the parking, the horse poop – you name it. While all parades hold special meaning to people, this parade was different for us. For the first time we were invited to participate, play and march in honor of the valor, courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women of our Nation’s military (including several band members) who call North Carolina home. Thanks for letting us be there and sharing our music.
In his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln spoke of America’s obligation to repay our debt to those who died in service to our country when he said, “It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless . . . Earth may run red with other wars, but they are at peace. In the midst of battles, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.
Over the course of the next few days members of Wake & Distrtic will participate in several Veterans Day (#HonoringVets) events including the North Carolina Veterans Day Parade, Military Missions in Action golf tournement and the Johnston County Veterans Day memorial service.
To our brothers and sisters in the band who served, to all of our family, friends, fans and co-workers who served and all those currently serving today – we are forever grateful.
On Thursday, 07 November 2013 members of Wake & District were honored to participate with OPERATION COMING HOME for the Key Ceremony in honor of Army Ranger Nathan Rimpf.
On July 8, 2012, Nathan’s life changed. While serving in eastern Afghanistan as part of the 2nd Battalion 16th Infantry as a platoon leader, Nathan stepped on a mine severely damaging both of his legs resulting in amputations. As a result of Nathan’s drive and determination, he can now walk, and even run, with the use of his “new” legs. He continues his recovery and therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland traveling back and forth to Raleigh. This Ranger proudly served his country and is optimistic about his new mission in life.
Chesapeake Homes and Wakefield Development joined forces with Operation: Coming Home and the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County to build this home for Army Ranger Nathan Rimpf.
This is the 6th Hero Home from Operation Coming Home — homes to honor the sacrifice of our Nation’s heroes. Thank you to Chesapeake Homes, Wakefield Development, their vendors and company sponsors for building Nathan’s home at no cost.
Thank you to all of our band members who availed themselves this morning to honor First Lieutenant Nathan Rimpf; sometimes doing the right thing brings one personal painful memories. That being said, it doesn’t exonerate one from not doing the right thing.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from all the ghouls and goblins (and zombies) at Wake & District! Here is a little Halloween history…straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and treats.