Theodore Roosevelt said – “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” May we add — “with those around you“. Wake and District is grateful to have so many caring, sharing and daring members (and families) supporting our endeavor to make music. This past weekend we were able to share our music and spend some time together to reflect and celebrate another year together.
On the morning Saturday, 05 December 2015 our snare drummers participated in a workshop with Tom Foote – learning the AR2 fanfare for the fallen drum salute. The G4 pipers were also in the woodshed working with Pipe Major McKeveny — keeping the fingers moving and daring to learn some new tunes. 2015 was this group’s first year together in G4 — pretty daring step for most of them — committed one and all.
In the afternoon members of the band played at the wedding for a alumni band member — Antonio Raynor — and his now wife Samantha McAuliffe. Antonio moved to the Charlotte area where we hope he continues to keep the skirl of the pipes in his life with the fine folks from the Loch Norman Pipe Band. Congratulations Antonio and Samantha – may the wind be always at your backs.
That evening, the band participated in the fanfare of the Flowers Plantation Christmas tree lighting service. This is the 9th year we’e participated in the spectacle and always a great way to start the Christmas season for our membership.
On Sunday morning, it was full speed ahead with our G3 pipers and drummers coming together preparing for the 2016 competition circuit. Really strong work taking place on behalf of all our players. So much good music being made. So much potential ahead.
The weekend culminated with the 9th annual band Christmas Party. It was a bit hectic leading up to the party – not because of all the doings surrounding the party in the same weekend (that is status quo for our members) – but because our venue changed rather quickly. We were set to have the party at home away from home, Tir Na nOg — and it’s closing on 22 November forced a change plans. Thanks to Annie Nice and Niall Hanley of Hibernian looking after us. The band held a rather swanky party at Niall’s SOLAS event center (419 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh) where the staff was warm and welcoming. What a turnout – over 110 band and family members sharing in the coming joy of Christmas. Thank you to Chef Aaron of RISE for making Wake and District Biscuits, and to Felipe’s wife for providing the best tamales we’ve ever had; seriously the best!
While a festivus grievance pole was setup — there were no grievances to be aired, and no feats of strength to be tested — just folks being humble and breaking bread together.
It was a night to recognize some folks. The band honored all the “band moms” with some well deserved swag. Our Pipe Major also awarded several “Pipe Major recognition award ribbons” to Ken McKeveny, Jeremy Egen, Caleb Markowski, Mady Justice and Christina Raig. He has one for Miss Miranda as well (she will get it at rehearsal).
Timothy Hinson was presented with the Dave McKee Sr. Award for Instructor Excellence. We were so glad Timmy’s family members were able to attend.
The band presented the covenanted “throne” trophies to following folks for 2015: Drummer of the year – Jessica Johnson — Piper of the Year – Dyland “Scotty” Radford — Band member of the year – Tir Na nOg Irish Pub.
It is AMAZING the number of great people in our lives we wouldn’t have ever met if it wasn’t for music. To all of our members — keep on caring, sharing and daring (thanks Tom).
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