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pipe band creed t-shirt…

The Wake and District pipe band CREED shirt is now available via BOOSTER >> PURCHASE HERE!!!

For those unaware For Our Fallen is our motto;
it is everything we stand for.

This is a LIMITED EDITION — black — short-sleeved — 100% cotton t-shirt — features our motto “for our fallen” emblazoned on the front — and a punisher style skull (with checkered glengarry) on the back with the first verse of our creed “Through howl of wind and showers of rain. We play for the living, the dead and the slain“.


The shirt will be available through Friday 13 February 2015 (3 weeks only) @  in sizes Men’s XS – XXXXL (view sizing line-up)

The cost is only $15 plus $5 shipping to addresses within the United States of America.  PURCHASE HERE!!!

If you live outside the States and would like to order one please send us an email at and we will try to make arrangements to accommodate.


Through howl of wind and showers of rain.
We play for the living, the dead and the slain.
Our tunes they are the sound of an angels swoon.
For our enemies the sound of their coming doom.
Be you married or buried our band sounds true.
Whenever we’re needed we’ll play there for you.



On Saturday, 05 May 2012 Wake & District members participated on the 7th Annual North Carolina Fallen Fire Fighters memorial service held at Nash Square in Raleigh, NC. As the ceremony was nearing its end – organizers became aware severe weather was about to roll through and expedited the conclusion of the services. As Wake & District pipers and drummers surrounded the memorial to play Amazing Grace — the sky fell a-flood and everything stood still for just a moment as Lee Wilson captured the above photo of band members at attention as the sound of TAPS resonated through the air. This image is powerful and speaks volumes to our program which honors those who sacrifice their lives to serve others; FOR OUR FALLEN is everything we stand for. Thank you to Lee Wilson who – as always – was there to capture such thunder – and to those who had such kind words to share:




enter the haggis…

Thank you to everyone who came out to Tir Na nOg Irish Pub last night in Raleigh to celebrate Burns Night; a brilliant evening indeed.  Christopher Stevens did an amazing address to the Haggis – while Head Chef Aaron Vaughen put together the best Burns dinner ever (and of course made a lovely the Haggis).   To Annie Nice and the the entire nOg staff, we love you for your kindness. To our family, friends and band members — your ongoing support is appreciated. Lastly, My Three Kilts — y’all are fab — thank you for bringing the noise and raising a cup in kind.

Some photos from the evening fair by band member Ashby Sprately can be see here.

And a collection of “selfies” courtesy of our Drum Major — Jason Lane — can be seen below.


a weekend with piper Dan Nevans…

Wake and District spent the weekend with Piper Dan Nevans of the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.  Dan was in the states competing at Winter Storm and made his way to Raleigh/Durham as a guest of Séamus and Jean Russell.  In addition to a weekend workshop with our G4 and G3 bands — Dan also put on a wee concert at the home of James Olin Oden.   Thank you to Dan for a wonderful weekend.  Safe home.


a stately ceremony…

Members of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums were honored to be a part of the stately ceremony for the 136th Highway Patrol Graduation; the graduation ends 29 weeks of extensive academic and physical training.   Below is a listing of the new graduates and their respective duty stations.

136TH  Basic School Duty Assignments

Last Name First Name Home of Record Duty Station
Alexander Jordon Johnston C6 – Johnston
Alphin Jordon Lenoir A4 – Beaufort
Anderson Christopher Pasquotank A3 – Chowan
Beelendorf Alek Craven A4 – Washington
Best Joel Iredell E3 – Rowan
Bradshaw Ethan Randolph E1 – Davidson
Bush Brett Ash E4 – Forsyth
Clark Christopher Chatham A4 – Beaufort
Cochran Travis Swain G5 – Jackson
Corn Samuel Burke C8 – Halifax
Cross Christopher Onslow B3 – Onslow
Drake Matthew Watauga H1 – Gaston
Easter Derek Gaston A1 – Dare
Edwards Phillip Onslow A7- Jones
Elledge Joseph Guilford E1 – Davidson
Elliott Thomas New Hanover A2 – Bertie
Erlichman Michael Forsyth E4 – Forsyth
Gall Christian New Hanover C8 – Halifax
Grieve Dustin Buncombe H3 – Union
Hall Sean Wilkes F5 – Catawba
Harrah John Franklin C4 – Warren
Hipp Cory Swain G5 – Haywood
Hocutt Nathan Johnston C6 – Johnston
Hughey Alexis Mecklenburg H5 – Mecklenburg
Jacobs Jarred Robeson A3 – Chowan
Juliano Anthony Onslow B3 – Onslow
Kirby Christopher Caldwell C1 – Nash
Locklear Kim Robeson B7 – Robeson
Maher Christopher Durham H5 – Mecklenburg
Martin Haley Buncombe G3 – Henderson
Mastromonica John Guilford E4- Forsyth
McRae Brandon Craven A1 – Currituck
McRavin, IV Lucius Cumberland B8 – Harnett
Moore Steven Rockingham D7 – Orange
Moore Caleb Henderson H5 – Mecklenburg
Morales, Jr. Francisco Alamance D7 – Orange
Moy, II Steven Wake C3 – Wake
Nales Mark Rockingham D2 – Guilford
Neal Terry Lincoln F5 – Catawba
Nelson Joseph Iredell H6 – Hoke
Page Dallas Guilford D1 – Chatham
Paige Dustin Stanly E2 – Montgomery
Ridenhour Christopher Rowan E3 – Rowan
Rivera Vincent Johnston C6 – Johnston
Rizzuto Kristopher Durham C8 – Halifax
Rouse Ronald Craven A1 – Dare
Smith Robert Robeson B7- Robeson
Thompson Stuart Moore D1 – Chatham
Trivett Jacob Burke C1 – Nash
Warwick Jack Wake C3 – Wake
Williams David Buncombe C3 – Henderson
Williamson, Jr. Walter Gaston H5 – Mecklenburg
Wilson Connor Pitt A4 – Beaufort
Wilson Bryon Wake C3 – Wake


As a nod to our newest band member Stephen Turnbull — we wish these graduates Fair Winds and Following Seas as they begin their journey as Troopers.

After nearly four years of being diagnosed with a cancer tumor that affected his life, Stephen is back in the saddle again; playing bass drum with Wake and District.  Never let cancer get you down.


here’s to continuous improvement…

As the calendar turns to 2015, many people make resolutions to improve themselves in the New Year. Resolutions would be a good idea for Pipe Bands as well…

Some bands have specific needs to address in 2015 — like changing tunes, adding more pipers and/or drummers or finding new instruction.  Others may need to totally re-build.

What is your band’s new year’s resolution?  

One of ours is Kaizen.

What is Kaizen?  Kaizen is based on making changes anywhere improvements can be made. Western philosophy may be summarized as, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Kaizen philosophy is to “do it better, make it better, improve it even if it isn’t broken, because if we don’t, we can’t compete with those who do.”   #ContinuousImprovement

Our on-going mission remains remembering those who serve and protect us. 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 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. #RememberThem  #ForOurFallen

Happy New Year, everyone.


marching in honor…

On Saturday, 08 November 2014 members of Wake & District have the privilege to march in the 2014 North Carolina Veteran’s 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 once again inviting the band to perform in the parade — and giving us the honor of being up front to lead the way.

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 is different for us; we 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.  For more information on the parade – please visit the NC Veteran’s Day Parade website @

As we marched – we couldn’t help to think about a certain number; 22.  According to a VA report — 22 veterans commit suicide each day in our Nation. That is significantly more than the daily numbers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

The generation which survived those wars—and others—are struggling to keep our brothers and sisters with us. What’s happening is an utter travesty. There’s no other way of putting it.

We can postulate the reasons all day: stress from prolonged conflicts and multiple deployments, trauma from horrific experiences, coming home to an apathetic public, a poor job market for veterans, etc. Those are issues, but not the biggest one. Our biggest issue is what we’re doing and what we’re going to do to stop this domestic epidemic.

This problem is the public’s as much as it the veteran community’s. We’re losing bright minds—people who could have contributed great things for our nation and the human race. We’re losing experience. We’re losing our soul—the American veteran.


We, along with our friends @ Ranger-UP care. Talk to them. Keep tabs on them. Make trips to see them. Remind them they are loved.

RANGER-UP made a shirt to bring awareness to the problem. They made this shirt so the public couldn’t turn a blind eye.


25% of the sales of this shirt will go to Captain Lee Stuckey’s A Hero Foundation.

Their mission:

A Hero is a wounded veterans foundation whose purpose is to serve America’s wounded veterans by providing fellowship and mentoring opportunities through recreational activities. A HERO will provide a supportive environment enabling veterans to continue the healing process, so they can focus on their future and reconcile the traumatic events of their past in a healthy and constructive environment.

Our goal is to serve as many wounded veterans as possible and offer them the healing opportunity that comes from time spent with fellow veterans. A HERO will accomplish this goal by welcoming veterans into a community willing to donate the time, recreational equipment and both natural and financial resources necessary to support a variety of events in order to facilitate fellowship and mentoring activities. Through these activities, A HERO will establish and support a network of veterans with previous experience in dealing with the emotional and physical wounds caused by the stress of combat and war. This network will be self-sustaining and will support veterans all across the United States of America.

Please join us and help heal our wounded veterans, hearts and minds through camaraderie, esprit de corps and memorable experiences.

Let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated, respected and never forgotten. They truly are America’s Heroes. – See more at:


a privileged gesture of trust…

Tomorrow, the sun will rise over New York City. Tomorrow, the sun will rise over this country we love, this special place, this state of grace. For all those directly impacted by the events of 9-11, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we’re thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones are never forgotten – we salute everyone impacted by that day.

The salute is an expression which recognizes a personal commitment of self-sacrifice – a way to show respect; a privileged gesture of trust.


band trading cards…

We are having some fun with our first series of “band trading cards” featuring all fully fledged members of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums.  Members with silver stars on the bottom right corner are founding band members.  The full set of “cards” can be seen on our facebook page here.   Some really interesting fun facts emerging about our band members in for form of comments on individual trading cards.  Again – this is the first series — we plan on a line of throwback, rookie, NCO moments of brilliance cards and more…  Maybe we will event step outside of our circle for fun with other bands or starz of the pipe band world.


focused on future achievements…

Raleigh’s pipe band (the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums) – has added several new players to our roster bolstering our numbers to over 70.  We have spoken with the EUSPBA and are planning to add a band for 2015 (fielding 3 families of bands in grades 5, 4 and 3).  A Juvenile program – the Crossroads Kilty Band – has been formed with a planned debut for our 10 year anniversary in 2016.

Our competition program is under the direction of Pipe Major Ken McKeveny and drumming instructor Tom Foote; both professional level players and EUSPBA judges.  “We are opening a new chapter and want to transparent about how we continue to grow and how new members come into the band” said Ken McKeveny, “we have policies in place to address this”.

“There is a really good piping scene in your area…Wake and District is a big part of that, and as you grow you want to continue to be a positive force…it is great to see good things happening down there.” – June Hanley, chair of the EUSPBA music board

Wake and District has come a long way since our first gig on 10 September 2006. People come and go. Uniforms and tunes change. Through it all, Wake and District has grown into a formidable presence.

“Band members take great pride in all our endeavors and realize there is always a higher level of excellence to be won”, said Joe Brady, band manager. “We are focused on future achievements while remaining steadfast to our mission honoring our fallen comrades through music.”  

“Of all the bands I’ve played with, large and small, grade 1 to street band, I have never found a more supportive and welcoming band that will stop at nothing to improve and dominate.” – Michael Supples

Thank you to Andrew Berthoff – editor @ pipes|drums – for writing a nice story recognizing our program.

For more information on Wake and District do not hesitate to contact us at


youth bagpipe and drum academy…

Wake and District is partnering with Ms. Becky Flowers to develop a youth bagpipe and drum academy in the Flowers Plantation Community of Johnston County; the Crossroads Kilty Pipe Band.  The band will honor the man behind the Flowers name – David Howard Creech.

The program will be open to youths from 8-18 and is an alternative music experience — committed to nurturing the values of dedication, practice, teamwork, respect, responsibility, community service and tradition.  No previous musical experience is necessary; all instruction will be provided.  It takes about 18 months to learn to read music and begin playing the bagpipes, snare drum, tenor drum or bass drum.

We are still getting things organized based on geographic areas folks are reaching out to us from – with the likelihood of organizing a “North-Side” Wake Forest group and a “South-Side” Johnston County group.  If you are interested in the program or have additional questions please contact Joe Brady @

flowers logo

An umbrella organization of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums — the Crossroads Kilty Band was founded in memory of Howard Creech. The goal is to teach young people respect and responsibility through music;  Scottish bagpipes and drums in Flowers Plantation, NC-USA.

Here is  little background on Mr. Howard Creechthe man behind the legend…  The South owns many famous legends and new stories become legends as the years go by. There is a special legend which concerns a Charleston, S.C. native and a North Carolina family. However, there is a man who never in his lifetime became a legend. Throughout his life, he stood behind, in support of this North Carolina family to enable them to be successful.

John B. Watson, famous Charleston native, moved to North Carolina in the mid 1700’s, pur-chased thousands of acres in an area just east of Raleigh, N.C. which became known as “Pineville”. He and his wife had five sons while living there. Many famous stories surround his life at Pineville, as well as the life of his oldest son, Dr. Josiah Ogden Watson, who later owned the farms and home place.

Dr. Watson was a surgeon in the War of 1812 and a North Carolina statesman in the 1820’s. At his death, his nephew inherited the estate and when he died in 1897, the estate eventually was purchased by Joshua Washington Flowers in 1905. Josh Washington Flowers oldest son, Joshua Percy Flowers, was two years old when his mother and father moved to the Watson estate.

Joshua Percy Flowers left his home and the families’ farming at age sixteen and became very wealthy. He purchased over 4000 acres of the Watson land through the years of the late 1920’s until the 1960’s. Legend has it that he made the money to purchase the land through illegal liq-uor making and selling. He was featured in Newsweek in 1958 and the August 02, 1958 Satur-day Evening Post magazine described him as the “King of the Bootleggers”.

David Howard Creech, born on July 10, 1917, lost his mother at the age of four and his father was killed in a car accident when he was sixteen. He was raised by his grandmother, “Mamie”, from the time his mother died. Joshua Percy Flowers’ mother also was named Mamie. Howard walked to The Flowers Tavern, owned by Joshua Percy Flowers, each afternoon to ask if he could work, pick up trash or do anything needed to earn money.

Howard soon became recognized by Joshua Percy Flowers as a hard worker and ambitious young teenager. As a result, Howard became his “Right Hand” employee and through the years his best friend and loyal companion. They were together for over seventy five years.

Mrs. Percy Flowers became like a mother to Howard and he worked also beside her and helped when needed in their home. He was with her on December 18, 1952 when a friend arrived to tell her of a tragic private plane accident in which her only son, a student at the University Of North Carolina School Of Law had died. Howard and “Percy Jr.” were best friends, and Howard was only eleven years older than Percy Jr. They were together on the farm as they grew up and worked together.

Shortly prior to the loss of their son in 1952, Mr. and Mrs. Flowers were surprised to learn they were having another child after 22 years! In 1950, Rebecca Dell Flowers was born. Howard was 33 years old and became her nanny of sorts. He took care of her many days, saddled her horse, carried her in his arms to the country store for candy and through many years gave her words of encouragement as life’s lessons came her way.

In 1982, Rebecca gave birth to identical twins, and the physicians of Duke Medical who were caring for Mr. Flowers at that time, wrote a letter to Mrs. Flowers explaining they believed he was granted two weeks of his life to witness the birth of his two grandsons. Howard was with Mr. and Mrs. Flowers when the call came the boys were both healthy and one was his name sake. At that time while sitting on the hearth of Mr. and Mrs. Flowers home, Howard was to become the companion of Jordan, Mr. Flowers the companion of Joshua and the four of them would spend many hours hunting, fishing, and learning about life. Little did they know Mr. Flowers’ death was two weeks away.

Again, Howard at age 65, became the nanny of the twins. He spent the time with both of them caring for them, hunting fishing, and “rambling” the farm learning the out of doors and the importance of nature.

In 1995 when Mrs. Flowers died, Howard was living in the home and caring for her. He took care of her for 13 years after Mr. Flowers died.

Without his adopted father Howard had cared for his grandsons, and the woman who became his adopted mother, Delma Flowers. Howard never experienced his own life independently with a wife and children of his own in a home as a family. He was much too interested in giving back to the life he had come to know as his pleasure, his work and his family.

Today “Flowers Plantation” is the name of what was in the distant past, “Pineville”. Just 23 miles east of Raleigh, it is home to thousands of families and is the largest planned unit development in the entire Research Triangle. It continues to grow not only with a rich history, but with legends of the past history. In 2013, Flowers Plantation was voted N.C. Community of the Year by the North Carolina Home Builder’s Association.

The family regards Mr. and Mrs. Flowers as characters who will long be remembered for each one’s specials gifts of knowledge and life’s lessons. However, David Howard Creech, is their greatest legend as well as the man behind the Flowers legend!


Crossroads Kilty Band — in memory of Howard Creech

— respect and responsibility through music for youths 8-18 — @CrossroadsKilty #CrossroadsKilty