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we are, we are…

“WE ARE”…two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your band.  We don’t often enough think about the words we say about our bands, and yet the things we say about bands have such a massive impact on our self-esteem, self-confidence and success. The things we say about bands can either impact us negatively or, if we are smart about the things we say about one another, we have the ability to use our words in a way which can impact our organizations for the positive in significant ways.

So often we say things like “he’s terrible” or “she can’t play that” or “we’re not good enough to beat that band” etc. And so rarely do we say things like “we sounded incredible” or “we just put our best performance out there” or “we rocked it”. We are firm believers that the way we talk about band-mates and to organizations have a massive impact on who we are and how we feel. We genuinely believe that when we say positive things to band members it changes our view of our program and builds our confidence and self-esteem and gives us the courage to go out and try new things and become better.

Here is a list of “WE ARE” phrases to consider saying to your band at rehearsals, events and contests:

  • WE ARE happy
  • WE ARE capable
  • WE ARE smart
  • WE ARE open
  • WE ARE determined
  • WE ARE hardworking
  • WE ARE loved
  • WE ARE smart looking
  • WE ARE successful
  • WE ARE awesome
  • WE ARE destined for GREATNESS!

Who wouldn’t feel amazing about their bands if they looked in the mirror and said those things each time they come together? Just think how powerful you would feel as you played your pipes and drums; you would be unstoppable!

You may as well try it…after all, what could it hurt?

Hard-work, determination and miles of smiles shinned through on 23 July 2016 for the bands of Wake and District who participated at the inaugural Mike Murphy Memorial indoor pipe band competition in our home town of Raleigh.  It was a great day of piping and drumming.  Here are our results:

  • G5 – overall 2nd place
  • G4 – Medley 1st place, MSR 3rd place – overall 2nd place
  • G3 – Medley 1st place, MSR 2nd place – overall 1st place

#PipeBandLife #WeRemember




Grandfather Mountain 2016…

This weekend marked the spectacle of the 61st Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (GMHG) at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC. Although Wake and District has never been formally invited to participate at these games — band members were once again embedded on the mountain – creating and participating in all the shenanigans.  The organizers of the GMHG strive to be the premier Scottish Highland games and gathering of Clans, Guests, Families, Sponsors, Patrons and Visitors.  Congratulations to our members who competed.  They included:

  • Joseph Williams: G4 6th Sr. March.
  • Dalton Marshall: G3 3rd 6/8 march
  • Timothy Hinson: G2 1st 6/8 march, 2nd Piob, 3rd MSR, 6th H/J (G2 2nd place piper of the Day)
  • Andrew Kerr: G1 3rd 6/8
  • Spirit of the South Quartet: 2nd place

To all our family, friends and fans on the mountain – we hope you had a grand time and have a safe journey home; see you at rehearsal.


decide, commit, succeed…

What does it mean to be committed to something, whether to a person, a cause, a project, a government, a job, or pipe band?  It’s funny how many of the words we use to describe devotion are also used to describe insanity. The word “fan”, for instance, refers to someone who is a devoted admirer of an artist, musician, author, or other creator (or a piece of their work), but it comes from “fanatic”, a maniacal follower of some cause or leader. The guy in line at the Stephen King signing is a fan; the guy who follows him around from signing to signing claiming King killed John Lennon is a fanatic.

Likewise, we use the same word, “committed”, to describe someone’s devotion to a cause or person as we use to describe their incarceration in a mental institution. Is there a similarity? Well, to be committed means to pledge, bind, or oblige one’s self to something: a course of action, a system of beliefs, or indeed a medical treatment facility.

So, is being committed a sort of insanity? Well, no — but certainly there are some similarities between the kind of obsession which leads us to do horrible things to ourselves or others and the kind of obsession that leads us to greatness. We can look at someone like Steve Jobs and see that at work, the single-minded commitment to a vision of how the world should and could work, and the refusal to acknowledge other, “lesser” ways.  OK, enough prologue. What is commitment, then?

1. Commitment is passion.  Obsessive passion, maybe. Someone who is truly committed to something can’t not do it. You can’t live without accomplishing your cause or being with your significant other. Fulfilling thiscommitment gives you great pleasure — being with the person you love, pushing forward a project you believe in, creating a tiny pocket of betterness in the world, these are deeply satisfying to the person who is committed.

2. Commitment is action. Actions speak louder than words, right? A person who is committed shows their commitment, over and over, in his or her actions. If your actions don’t match your commitment, you simply aren’t committed to it. You may have a belief, a hunch, a preference, a desire, but not a commitment.

3. Commitment is obligation. What separates the truly committed from the rest of us is the way they embrace the crappiest parts of the job, setting their jaw and taking on the work the rest of us wouldn’t dream of. It’s the parent scrubbing puke from the carpet at 4 in the morning, the doting spouse helping their aged partner on and off the toilet, the executive who flies halfway around the room to apologize in person for a badly flubbed marketing campaign, the firefighter who charges into a dangerous fire because he or she hears screaming, the soldier who holds his or her ground while the rest of company flees. You do these things not because they are fun or pleasurable in their own right, but because your commitment demands you do them.

4. Commitment is larger than the self. Commitments are personal, but they’re also about relationships. The committed artist sacrifices everything to express his or her inner vision to the world. The committed lover cares first and foremost for the emotional and physical well-being of his or her partner. The committed performer takes the stage in the service of the audience. The committed activist creates a better world not for him- or herself but for the generations to come. True commitment embraces and engages the world.

5. Commitment is voluntary. Commitment is obligation, yes, but it’s freely chosen obligation. Even the draftee chooses to be a hero in the heat of combat — or not to be. The environmentalist huddling shivering in a cold boat in arctic waters, protecting a pod of whales from a whaling ship, can take refuge in the fact they chose to be there. The parent chooses to have and keep a child, no matter how accidental the pregnancy; the spouse chooses to stay in the marriage; the worker chooses to stay on the job. It is choice which makes it a commitment — without the choice it’s just slavery.

(Ironically, being committed to a mental institution is not voluntary. Oh well…)

When we feel forced into something, when we feel obligations hanging on us like an albatross, when our actions fail to match our beliefs — these are signs we aren’t as committed as maybe we thought we were. Maybe not committed at all. Pay attention to those signs — it’s easy to convince ourselves of a commitment which isn’t really a commitment at all.

The Nature of Commitment – by DUSTIN WAX


forming, storming, norming and performing…

Creating teamwork is a challenging process, and not all bands work as a team. Here are 12 tips you can follow to build a winning team in your band.  Merely referring to a collection of band members as a team doesn’t make them one. The first question to ask is, is this a team or a group? Each has a purpose. Typically, a team shares leadership and is interdependent, meaning they depend on each other for information, strengths and weaknesses to achieve a team goal. A leader (band manager, pipe major, drum sergeant) spearheads a group; members work on their own most of the time with little or no dependence on other members to do their role. There may be a group effort but it is not a team. You can’t have the same expectations of a group as you do a team. Determine what you are working with, team or group, and proceed from there.

  1. Lay the foundation before you begin construction. In my experience, the most successful teams invest time in laying the foundation to create a common framework for everyone. The building blocks are in the team infrastructure and team dynamics. You may get started by addressing the following: What is the purpose of the team; their function in relation to the band goals; the actual team goal? I recently posed these questions to a newly formed team of 17 people and got 17 different perspectives. Don’t assume everyone is on the same page until you have the discussion.
  2. Make the team aware of the four stages of development. Those stages are: forming, storming, norming and performing. Explain that the team will progress and digress depending on multiple variables such as turnover and change. Ask the team which stage of development they see themselves and what needs to occur to move to a higher level.
  3. Take a team “pulse.” This can happen in a couple of different ways. One way is through an initial team survey that generates data on how members perceive team functioning and interactions. A survey will include topics such as commitment, trust, communication, and conflict resolution. Administer the survey at least quarterly to determine progress and team development priorities. Another way to take a team “pulse” is to have periodic frank discussions about what is working and what is not. Practice regular, informal conversations that keep communication channels open.
  4. Assess. Identify a tool to assess behavior work style (such as DISC) of each team member. This exercise invariably illuminates each member’s style preferences, their team contributions, and gives everyone information to adapt and work together more effectively. For most people this creates an “ah ha” experience that is pivotal in fostering understanding and communication.
  5. Push pro-activity. Don’t wait until there is conflict to establish a team charter. A charter, generated by team members, should specify guidelines and behavioral boundaries. This will set expectations and clarify what is acceptable and intolerant behavior. Make it clear that the charter can always be amended. Be sure everyone has a copy. Review it on a regular basis and go through it carefully with a new team member.
  6. Form common skills. Be sure everyone has a common skill base for communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, giving and receiving peer feedback. I find that teams who have these common skill sets are much more productive than teams that don’t. Technical expertise is only half of the success quotient.
  7. Examine expectations. Are the expectations of team members and the leader clearly communicated? This goes beyond job descriptions. For example, what do people expect to get out of working together as a team, i.e, expression, creativity; what can be expected of their contributions? There is a very user-friendly instrument, Managing Work Expectations, by Inscape Publishing, that be helpful in this process.
  8. Acknowledge unique talents and contributions. Each team member brings value to the team. Point out or showcase various abilities. Take time in a meeting to recognize one or two members. Be sure everyone receives equal recognition.
  9. Build dialogue, extinguish monologue. Aim toward two-way interaction, exchange of ideas, and developing new insights in regular communication. Invite members to ask about others reasoning or thinking and explain how they think of or see a situation. The Ladder of Inference referred to in Peter Senge’s, The Fifth Discipline, is a good starting ground.
  10. Do some team-building. Initially you may consider a series of team sessions that incorporate the suggestions above with team building activities. Once the team is grounded, you may benefit by having quarterly or bi-annual team building sessions. The type of team building you choose, from classroom experiential to rope climbing, needs to match the culture and challenges of the team. There are hundreds of activities that are metaphors for what goes on or doesn’t go on, in the team experience. Whatever you choose to do, be certain there will be valuable learning and fun.
  11. Laugh together. Laughter is a common language the entire team will understand. So legitimize levity among team members and you will likely lessen their stress and build their bond. Create times for people to laugh together and loosen up. This will also stimulate creativity. Consider some of these ideas: start a meeting with a relevant joke or funny story, show a clip of a comedy video tape (or sports bloopers) that pertains to a current challenge; buy everyone a pair of Groucho Marx style nose and glasses.
  12. Celebrate. Provide a continental breakfast or bring in lunch and celebrate for no special reason than to say thank you to the team. Or identify a theme (Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo) and ask people to bring in food to share. Play music and decorate the lunch room. Don’t expect employees to gather after work hours. Most people have family obligations and personal commitments.


the good wolf…

As we go about our lives, we can choose which of the wolves we want to feed. We can choose to feed the wolf of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, and all those good things in every moment, or we can choose to feed the bad wolves. We have to remember that it’s not often one choice, one feeding of a wolf or the other, that creates what we see inside ourselves and what we see inside the world. It’s a long history of feeding one wolf over the other. It starts every day.

These wolves live inside us. Though one wolf – say, the good wolf – might at any given point in time be a little bit malnourished, we can always feed it. Though one wolf, the evil wolf, may be a little bit plump because of choices that we’ve made in the past, we can choose today to feed a different wolf.

It often turns out that what we see in the world from other people and from our circumstances is very much correlated with the wolves that we’re feeding inside of us and inside of other people. When we encourage other people, when we feed their good wolves, we see that. We see that in them, and we see that in the people they change, and they tend to want to feed other people’s good wolves. When someone’s bad wolf has been overfed, we tend to see that, and those are the wolves that bite us. Those are the wolves that hurt us, as opposed to those good wolves, which protect us and help us out along the way.

How people treat you is their karma;
how you react is yours.

In some ways, it reminds me of a song called “Flame Turns Blue” by David Gray. The lyric that really catches me is, “I’m in collision with every stone I ever threw…”

I’m in collision with every stone I ever threw or, as we may say in proper English, I’m in collision with every stone I’ve ever thrown. Such a beautiful line. It’s just another way of saying that the energy we put out there in the world, we get back. We throw stones. We get hit by them. We throw out ripples of goodness. Some way or the other, we get hit by those, too.

The funny thing about this is that we don’t always see it come back at the source where we share it. We may smile at somebody today, and tomorrow when we need somebody to smile at us, they smile. In some traditions, they call it “karma.” We can call it all sorts of things, right? I think the more that we feed those good wolves in the world, the more they come back to us.

As you’re going about your days, as you’re going about your weeks, I hope that in those moments in which it seems so much easier to feed the bad wolf, you’ll choose instead to choose the one that you want to win, the good wolf.

Which Wolf Will You Feed? By CHARLIE GILKEY


the things that unite us…

We wouldn’t even think about trying to compete with a fireworks display, especially on the Fourth of July.  So instead – we will reflect on some words from the 40th President of the United States of America — President Ronald Reagan…

It’s worth remembering that all the celebration of this day is rooted in history. It’s recorded that shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia celebrations took place throughout the land, and many of the former Colonists — they were just starting to call themselves Americans — set off cannons and marched in fife and drum parades.

What a contrast with the sober scene that had taken place a short time earlier in Independence Hall. Fifty-six men came forward to sign the parchment. It was noted at the time that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors. And that was more than rhetoric; each of those men knew the penalty for high treason to the Crown. “We must all hang together,” Benjamin Franklin said, “or, assuredly, we will all hang separately.” And John Hancock, it is said, wrote his signature in large script so King George could see it without his spectacles. They were brave. They stayed brave through all the bloodshed of the coming years. Their courage created a nation built on a universal claim to human dignity, on the proposition that every man, woman, and child had a right to a future of freedom.

For just a moment, let us listen to the words again: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Last night when we rededicated Miss Liberty and relit her torch, we reflected on all the millions who came here in search of the dream of freedom inaugurated in Independence Hall. We reflected, too, on their courage in coming great distances and settling in a foreign land and then passing on to their children and their children’s children the hope symbolized in this statue here just behind us: the hope that is America. It is a hope that someday every people and every nation of the world will know the blessings of liberty.

And it’s the hope of millions all around the world. In the last few years, I’ve spoken at Westminster to the mother of Parliaments; at Versailles, where French kings and world leaders have made war and peace. I’ve been to the Vatican in Rome, the Imperial Palace in Japan, and the ancient city of Beijing. I’ve seen the beaches of Normandy and stood again with those boys of Pointe du Hoc, who long ago scaled the heights, and with, at that time, Lisa Zanatta Henn, who was at Omaha Beach for the father she loved, the father who had once dreamed of seeing again the place where he and so many brave others had landed on D-day. But he had died before he could make that trip, and she made it for him. “And, Dad,” she had said, “I’ll always be proud.”

And I’ve seen the successors to these brave men, the young Americans in uniform all over the world, young Americans like you here tonight who man the mighty U.S.S. Kennedy and the Iowa and other ships of the line. I can assure you, you out there who are listening, that these young are like their fathers and their grandfathers, just as willing, just as brave. And we can be just as proud. But our prayer tonight is that the call for their courage will never come. And that it’s important for us, too, to be brave; not so much the bravery of the battlefield, I mean the bravery of brotherhood.

All through our history, our Presidents and leaders have spoken of national unity and warned us that the real obstacle to moving forward the boundaries of freedom, the only permanent danger to the hope that is America, comes from within. It’s easy enough to dismiss this as a kind of familiar exhortation. Yet the truth is that even two of our greatest Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, once learned this lesson late in life. They’d worked so closely together in Philadelphia for independence. But once that was gained and a government was formed, something called partisan politics began to get in the way. After a bitter and divisive campaign, Jefferson defeated Adams for the Presidency in 1800. And the night before Jefferson’s inauguration, Adams slipped away to Boston, disappointed, brokenhearted, and bitter.

For years their estrangement lasted. But then when both had retired, Jefferson at 68 to Monticello and Adams at 76 to Quincy, they began through their letters to speak again to each other. Letters that discussed almost every conceivable subject: gardening, horseback riding, even sneezing as a cure for hiccups; but other subjects as well: the loss of loved ones, the mystery of grief and sorrow, the importance of religion, and of course the last thoughts, the final hopes of two old men, two great patriarchs, for the country that they had helped to found and loved so deeply. “It carries me back,” Jefferson wrote about correspondence with his cosigner of the Declaration of Independence, “to the times when, beset with difficulties and dangers, we were fellow laborers in the same cause, struggling for what is most valuable to man, his right to self-government. Laboring always at the same oar, with some wave ever ahead threatening to overwhelm us and yet passing harmless . . . we rowed through the storm with heart and hand . . . .” It was their last gift to us, this lesson in brotherhood, in tolerance for each other, this insight into America’s strength as a nation. And when both died on the same day within hours of each other, that date was July 4th, 50 years exactly after that first gift to us, the Declaration of Independence.

My fellow Americans, it falls to us to keep faith with them and all the great Americans of our past. Believe me, if there’s one impression I carry with me after the privilege of holding for 5\1/2\ years the office held by Adams and Jefferson and Lincoln, it is this: that the things that unite usAmerica’s past of which we’re so proud, our hopes and aspirations for the future of the world and this much-loved country these things far outweigh what little divides us. And so tonight we reaffirm that Jew and gentile, we are one nation under God; that black and white, we are one nation indivisible; that Republican and Democrat, we are all Americans.

Tonight, with heart and hand, through whatever trial and travail, we pledge ourselves to each other and to the cause of human freedom, the cause that has given light to this land and hope to the world.

My fellow Americans, we’re known around the world as a confident and a happy people. Tonight there’s much to celebrate and many blessings to be grateful for. So while it’s good to talk about serious things, it’s just as important and just as American to have some fun. Now, let’s have some fun — let the celebration begin!

Government is the people’s business, and every man, woman and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid. With all the profound wording of the Constitution, probably the most meaningful words are the first three, “We, the People.”


#Freedom #Reagan


when the pressure is on…

If you squeeze an orange you will get orange juice. It doesn’t matter who squeezes it, where or when this is done, or what kind of implement is used. If you squeeze an orange, what comes out is orange juice.  The same holds true for each of us. When the pressure is on–regardless of when, where, why, or who is inducing the pressure–all that can come out is what genuinely is inside of us.

We are each responsible for what is inside of us. If we choose to be filled with negativity, envy, and bitterness, that is what we will exude. If we are filled with optimism, happiness, hope, that is what we will exude.  So how do we make sure we are filled with positive things so that when the pressure times come the best us can come out?

Shayne M. Bowen shared the following story in a talk:

There is a story told of an old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil: he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good: he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Feed the positive each day by controlling your thoughts and actions so when life brings the squeeze only good can come out!


~Amy Rees Anderson


Won’t you support this endeavor?

You may have heard the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums is working in partnership with the Mike Murphy Memorial Foundation holding its inaugural indoor bagpipe and drum band competition and concert on Saturday, 23 July 2016 at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is a first of its kind in the Eastern United States and will attract more than 1,000 guests and participants throughout the community — and 1,000’s more globally live online.

So who is Mike Murphy and why is there a new bagpipe and drum band competition in Raleigh-NC-USA named after him?  Let us tell you a little bit about him (from Martina Murphy, Mike’s mom):

My son, Mike Murphy was born in Virginia on 27 July 1979 playing the drums. His elbows were literally stuck out in the “sticks ready” position. He marched in high school band and was part of a state champion indoor drum line. Then he went to the Citadel and met Sandy Jones who changed his life. Sandy introduced Mike to Scottish Pipe Band music and he never looked back. He taught his fellow cadets how to read drum music and was always looking for a way to develop leadership in the drum corps. He stepped down as drum sergeant to allow an underclassman lead the corps because Mike saw his potential.

In December 2008, Mike was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of lung cancer.  Throughout his fight Mike continued to teach pipe band drumming.  He died of cancer on 11 February  2010 and left a giant hole in the eastern Scottish Pipe Band community.

Mike always looked out for the welfare of other cadets. This special trait of his is one of the reasons he was such an outstanding leader. His love of drumming was a motivating factor which allowed him to put his impressive work ethic to creative use for the projects he participated in during his all-too-brief time on the scene.

Wake and District’s mission is to provide a distinguishing tribute for our fallen comrades and to be in service to the families of public safety employees of the Raleigh region and across North Carolina. We desire to strengthen relations between the protective services and the public while preserving cultural heritage and enriching our community by providing the highest tradition of Bagpipe and Drum music.  In memory of Mike Murphy, Wake and District is organizing this indoor bagpipe and drum competition; to be remembered is to live on. 

Won’t you support this endeavor by taking an ad or greeting in the program book which will be distributed throughout the event? If you are interested in having your organization support the benefit—and we hope you are—please review the order form enclosed.  #WeRemember

Wake and District is a federally registered 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible.
NC nonprofit identification number 0861654 Department of Revenue 501c3 EIN 20-5483320.
Thanks for your consideration.

DOWNLOAD our Ad-Book/Program form HERE.


DOWNLOAD our Ad-Book/Program form HERE.

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DOWNLOAD our Ad-Book/Program form HERE.



culture of change…

Jeffrey Gitomer  said “Change is not a four letter word…but often your reaction to it is!”   Change is’s trading the known for the unknown. It’s leaving something behind without knowing if what lies ahead. It’s wondering “Will I like it as much?” “Will it ever be as good as it was?” “What if it’s not?…What then?” And all those thoughts drive feelings of fear and uncertainty. But what if we stopped viewing change as a four letter word?  What if instead our thoughts were, “As much as I loved life before I know it is only going to keep getting better.” “I am so excited for this change! What a great adventure this is going to be.” “It’s so awesome to know the best is yet to come!”  Man what a difference changing a few thoughts in our heads can make.

Our thoughts control our feelings, therefore if we allow ourselves to think of change as a four letter word then it will be just that. However, if we decide change is something exciting and fabulous we will feel completely different about it – we will embrace change and be excited for it because we know with each change which happens it is taking us somewhere better!

Organizations and individuals who resist change
struggle, fall behind, and ultimately fail.

Think of it like a road trip where you are guaranteed each new exit along the highway will take you to a place more beautiful than the last. Each new exit will introduce you to more and more fabulous people will further enrich and bless your life. Each new exit you explore will teach you more than the last one did. Each new exit you visit will give you more experience and wisdom than you ever had before. With every new exit you are guaranteed the opportunity to become a better person. The highway is our life…and CHANGE is nothing more than arriving at the next exit with it’s great big sign which says “it only gets better from here” …  So get out there and enjoy it!

From Amy Rees Anderson — Change is not a four letter word



Raleigh Indoor Pipe Band Competition…

On behalf of the Mike Murphy Memorial community – we are proud to announce our Inaugural Indoor Pipe Band Competition in Raleigh, NC-USA on Saturday, 23 July 2016 starting at 12:00 pm.  The contest will take place indoors at the Ravenscroft School – Fine Arts Theatre (7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh NC-USA).  This campus is alcohol and tobacco free.  An after-party will take place at The Piper’s Tavern just down the road.

The competition is sanctioned by the Eastern Unites States Pipe Band Association; all events will be held within the rules and regulations of the EUSPBA.  All competing bands must be registered with the EUSPBA or an affiliated organization.  A format change has been approved by the EUSPBA; bands will perform in a “concert formation” on a stage, facing the judges and audience.  Stage size and layout information will be provided so bands can rehearse accordingly.  There will be no opening or closing “massed bands”.

Judges include: Sandy Jones and June Hanley for piping,
Jon Quigg for drumming and Andrew Hoinacki for ensemble.

In addition to the EUSPBA required selections for odd days (G3 Medley and G4 M/S/R) bands will also be afforded the opportunity to play their alternate selections.  G5 will only perform a QMM.  You will be requested to submit complete tune lists for announcement and program purposes.  Prize monies will be awarded to the G5 QMM winners, G4 Medley and M/S/R winners and the G3 M/S/R and G3 Medley winners.  The “winning” G4 and G3 bands of the day will be based on composite scores from both selections and will receive keepsake pint glasses.   Composite awards will also be presented for best drum section and best mid-section in each grade.


For more information about this topic, please contact Martina Murphy by calling 703.407.3880 or sending an e-mail to

This event is being held in partnership with Raleigh’s Pipe Band,
the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums.

To be remembered is to live on.

THANK YOU to the Bands who registered.  Here is the order of play:

12:05 – Wake and District Pipe Band
12:15 – Jamestown Pipes and Drums
12:25 – Charleston Pipe Band
12:35 – Knoxville Pipes and Drums

12:50 – Loch Norman Pipe Band
1:00 – Atlanta Pipe Band
1:10 – Wake and District Pipe Band
1:20 – North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums
1:30 – Charleston Pipe Band

1:45 – Atlanta Pipe Band
1:55 – Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band
2:10 – Wake and District Pipe Band

2:25 – North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums
2:35 – Loch Norman Pipe Band
2:45 – Wake and District Pipe Band
2:55 – Atlanta Pipe Band
3:05 – Charleston Pipe Band

3:20 – Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band
3:30 – Wake and District Pipe Band
3:40 – Atlanta Pipe Band

In addition to the two piping, 1 drum and 1 ensemble judge — there will be a mid-section judge providing comments for the bands.

Awards will be presented for best aggregate winner of the day in each grade, along with best DRUM section in each grade as well as best MID section in each grade.