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one-last-run

band stand at ease…

Members of Wake and District piped and drummed our way into the grass circle one last time for 2014 — this time in Richmond for the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games — which were held under sunny skies on Saturday, 25 October 2014.  Our G4 members were anxious to give our MMSR and Medley one final run.

In Grade 4 we placed 1st (1-1-2-1) with our MMSR and we challenged up to Grade 3 against the MacMillan and Richmond Pipe Bands (both excellent  programs) and finished 3rd; we received some really positive comments from the judges and the other Grade 3 bands.  As noted by one of the G3 judges — “best tenor|bass line today!” #SASS

To the committee of the games – WELL DONE on an organized, friendly and relaxing games. To the “Mid-Atlantic” bands — WOW — thank you for your hospitality and the recognition as we approached the line and left the circle. Ya’ll are a classy group; we hope to see more of you in 2015…

The competition circle is now empty and the skirl of the pipes and rattle of the drums has come to a end for the 2014 EUSPBA competition season.

We had a fantastic season – and learned so much; we will wrap that up in another post.

There is a lot of hard work ahead of us (more to come on that).  

Don’t stand easy just yet…

 


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make ready…

We are making ready to close out the season with a trip to Richmond for the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games.   We will be competing in Grade 4 and challenging up to Grade 3 against the eminent MacMillan Pipe Bands and our friends from Tide-Water and Richmond (among others).

No need to fix bayonets…”Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”  -Sun Tzu

There are some concerns…why would they put FLYING AXES next to the pipe band circle?!  Are they trying to tell us something…

 


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amazed by grace…

Listening to the Atlanta pipe band play Amazing Grace at the closing ceremonies of the Stone Mountain games caused me to stop, listen and look around and reflect on how special we as pipers and drummers are.  John Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life’s path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences which were often put into motion by his recalcitrant insubordination.   

Author Gilbert Chase writes “Amazing Grace” is “without a doubt the most famous of all the folk hymns,” and Jonathan Aitken, a Newton biographer, estimates the tune is performed about 10 million times annually.  As bagpipers and drummers I think we take this tune for granted because the gawking onlookers expect to hear it from us; our own form of recalcitrant insubordination.   Twists and coincidences, win or lose – we know this tune closes out another day together playing and promoting the music we all love.

We do amazing things through music – and the Stone Mountain gathering was indicative of how much better we are getting at raising the art.; some truly brilliant performances throughout the day by all the bands.  We can’t all march of the field with first place.  For Saturday, 18 October 2014 in Stone Mountain, Georgia – we congratulate the champions of the day…  G5′s Grandfather Mountain Highlanders, G4′s City of Chattanooga Pipe Band and G3′s St. Andrew’s University Pipe Band.   CHATT has taken the G4 Throne for 2014!  Be on the lookout for new “thrones” for 2015 which will include grades 3, 4 and 5…

To the members of Wake and District – thank you for another brilliant season of hard word and diligence.  Thank you as well to all of our family, friends and fans for supporting this “hobby” of ours (we all know it is much more than a hobby – piping and drumming has threaded itself into the tartan fabric of our lives).

Our G5 band closed out the season at stone 7th of 11 (3,9,5,5) and our G4 band finished 2nd (1,1,3,2).  SCORE-SHEETS HERE.  Next weekend our G4  members travel to Richmond to partake in the Central Virginia Celtic Festival Pipe Band Competition  challenging up to G3 as we looking forward to 2015.

Amazed by Grace – not triumphant, merely grateful…

- Joe Brady


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music is a place…

It’s been said there are only two mistakes one can make along the road to success – not going all the way, and not starting.  The road to success is not easy to navigate. The members of Wake and District have been fortunate over these past 8 years together - having guidance and support to see us along, help us navigate and drive the work and passion possible to succeed.

Music is a place. Stone Mountain is another stop on the road.
We look forward to seeing all the Southern EUSPBA bands coming together again for the 42nd Annual Stone Mountain Gathering
- and what the day will bring.

So much behind us, so much ahead of us — as is ever so on the road.    Safe travels to all those attending the games this weekend — and best of luck to all the competitors.  #MakeNoMistakes  #TakeTheThrone


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side by side…

Firefighters from across the United States of America gathered together this weekend at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland.  This is an annual gathering honoring those brothers (and sisters) who gave their lives in service of others.

Playing the pipes and drums is how we honor our fallen; no spoken words – side by side with respect and honor.

This year firefighters (and pipers and drummers) from across North Carolina had the opportunity to come together in fraternal fellowship to honor our fallen comrades.  Although we work for different agencies, play different instruments in different bands and wear different kilts – music brings us together FOR OUR FALLEN.

The 33rd Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service honored five firefighters from North Carolina who died in the line of duty last year. They were among the 98 firefighters who died in 2013, as well as nine firefighters who died in previous years, remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

  • Firefighter Tony Barker, age 36
    Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department
    Died after being electrocuted while operating at a fire on June 13, 2013.
  • Assistant Chief Jeffrey L. Fields, age 51
    Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department
    Died December 25, 2013, from a heart attack after responding on a motor vehicle accident on December 12, 2013.
  • Captain David A. Heath, age 48
    New Hanover County Fire Rescue
    Collapsed then died while participating in department training on October 14, 2013.
  • Fire Chief Scott A. Morrison, age 44
    Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department
    Died after he collapsed at the scene of a brush fire on March 3, 2013.
  • Captain Jon Schondelmayer, age 44
    Cary Fire Department [also Firefighter with Swift Creek Fire Department] Died after responding to multiple calls on December 18, 2013.

Our hearts go out to the families of these fallen firefighters.  They’ve become members of a fraternity no one seeks to join.  These heroes are no longer with us. But we can tell you in our hearts, we will always remember and be grateful for your husband, your wife, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your daughter, your son. We will make sure that their names and their memories live on in the hearts, minds, and souls of our community for generations to come. This is our commitment to you. This is our duty —- For Our Fallen.


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the sum of our independent parts…

As we ramp up toward the last contests of the season — we stop, listen and reflect – knowing we are aspiring to assist our members reach their highest competitive potential, while raising the level of our art.  To our members:

  • ENJOY the music; it’s the greatest music in the world
  • become an organic part of the music
  • play with confidence
  • play with mechanical precision
  • walk off the field satisfied you gave it all you had

“Gave it all you had” means — all of your focus — all of your concentration — all of your effort.  Pipers, Snares, Tenors and Bass — we are greater than the sum of our independent parts; we’re a band.  We must go out there every time playing the best we can.

Everyone wants us to do well, including the judges. 


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the music brings us together…

Firefighters from across the United States of America (including members of Wake and District) will gather together this weekend at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland.  This is an annual gathering honoring those brothers (and sisters) who gave their lives in service.  If you were to take a firefighter and strip them of their badge, remove their turnout gear, peel their skin back, and remove the organs – this brotherhood is that small fire that continues to burn inside of them.  That small fire cannot be extinguished, cannot be contained, and cannot be taken away. It is what makes these brave men and women firefighters and they should never let personal feelings hamper their decision to help another “brother”.  This brotherhood burns even brighter for those who serve and also have chosen to play the pipes and drums.   Playing the pipes and drums is how we honor our fallen; no spoken words – just music burning dignity and solemnity into the soul.

This year firefighters (and pipers and drummers) from across North Carolina will have the opportunity to come together in fraternal fellowship to honor our fallen comrades.  Although we work for different agencies, wear different uniforms and play different instruments and tunes in different bands – music brings  us together FOR OUR FALLEN.

From LEGEROS.com :: On Sunday, October 12, the 33rd Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor five firefighters from North Carolina who died in the line of duty last year. They are among the 98 firefighters who died in 2013, as well as nine firefighters who died in previous years, who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

  • Firefighter Tony Barker, age 36
    Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department
    Died after being electrocuted while operating at a fire on June 13, 2013.
  • Assistant Chief Jeffrey L. Fields, age 51
    Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department
    Died December 25, 2013, from a heart attack after responding on a motor vehicle accident on December 12, 2013.
  • Captain David A. Heath, age 48
    New Hanover County Fire Rescue
    Collapsed then died while participating in department training on October 14, 2013.
  • Fire Chief Scott A. Morrison, age 44
    Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department
    Died after he collapsed at the scene of a brush fire on March 3, 2013.
  • Captain Jon Schondelmayer, age 44
    Cary Fire Department [also Firefighter with Swift Creek Fire Department] Died after responding to multiple calls on December 18, 2013.

Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which is located on the Academy grounds. The annual national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.

More than 5,000 people, including members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters are expected to attend. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.

Visit www.firehero.org for a complete list of the fallen firefighters being honored, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information.

Mike Legeros will be participating again as a volunteer photographer, as part of the Social Media team. See his photos from the 2013 Memorial Weekend, which was his first visit.

 


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it’s more than 9 notes…

On Saturday, 04 October 2014 Wake and District - along with bands from across the region – packed our bags, filled our coolers and headed to Scotland County, North Carolina for their highland games.  It’s always great to see so many pipers and drummers together and hear the cacoffiny of music.  Throughout the day we made a point to ask our fellow pipers and drummers “why do we do this…”  –  this question wasn’t meant to disparage the spectacle of the games – but to capture a snapshot of why pipe bands do what we do.

Piping and drumming is all about tradition and excellence.  No one likes to lose. It’s all important.   After the closing ceremony we watched as bands gathered together to talk about the day; what went right, what went wrong and how things can be done differently next time.  These bands care about their members.  It tells you a lot about the pipe band community; we are raising the level of our art.  It’s more than 9 notes…

We had our share of pipe band problems throughout the day which did not lend themselves to our best performances in front of the judges.  Both our G4 (1*,1,2,5  *AGL) and G5 (1,2,2,4) finished 2nd overall to the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band and the Knoxville Pipes and Drums.

We look forward to our seeing our pipe band friends at the 42nd Annual Stone Mountain Highland Games — hope to see you there.

#TakeTheThrone


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Scotland bound…

Competing members of Wake & District are gearing up for this weekend’s Scotland County Games (in North Carolina-USA).  The band will be represented on the field by solo players as well as our Grade 4 and Grade 5 competition pipers/drummers.

On Friday, 03 October 2014 (on the eve of the games) come hear a wonderful concert by one of North America’s most innovative pipers — Matt MacIsaac — in concert @ 8 p.m. at the Avinger Auditorium of St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina.  Admission $10 at the door. 

On Saturday, October 4th head out to the grounds of the John Blue Home and Historical Complex in Laurinburg, North Carolina (Scotland County).  This site contains the John Blue Home and several other historic Scottish-American homesteads as well as a working ante-bellum cotton gin, and a general store. The games site provides an immersion into the Scottish-American historical experience of this region. Local hotels and restaurants will offer Scottish-inspired Southern hospitality to welcome you to Laurinburg and Scotland County.

There will be NO closing ceremonies “massed band” performance on the Games field.  @SCHGNC is starting a new event this year called “Five after Five” for those who may wish to come out to the Games at 5 p.m.  For the public, admission from 5 p.m. on ward will only be $5, and many of the games amenities will still be available – though they are encouraging this as a “come out to the ‘after party’ “ type event.   Their entertainment stage – featuring “Rathkeltair,”   “Stirling Bridge,” and “The Thistledown Tinkers” will remain open until 8 p.m.   All food and Scottish wares vendors will also remain on the field until 8 p.m.  The beer tent will be open until at least 8 p.m.  They are hoping to start this as a “on the site” beer tent/ceilidh for the general public as well as our participants.

For more information on the Scotland County Games and the events taking place throughout the weekend please visit their website @ www.schgnc.org


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playing for the bravest and the finest…

Since our formation in 2006 — the Wake and District Public Safety Drums have been honored to bring our tradition – to graduations and promotional ceremonies for public safety agencies in the State of North Carolina.  Over the past two days, members of our band were privileged to play for some of the bravest and finest…

On Thursday, 25 September we honored the Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 39 at their Graduation at the Duke Energy Center.  Photos from the ceremony by Lee Wilson can be seen here.

On Friday, 26 September we marched in the cadets of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol 135th class — and marched them out as Troopers.

On behalf of the members of our band – we wish North Carolina’s newest troopers — and the City of Raleigh’s newest fire fighters — all the best in the days, weeks, months and years ahead of them.

Enjoy the friendships gained through the years ahead of selfless sacrifice and devotion to your wonderful professions.