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On Saturday, 07 December 2013 band members participated for the 4th year in a row at the Flowers Plantation Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. This year the band had the honor to lead Santa and Mrs. Claus (they were riding in style) to the roundabout where they rang the Christmas bell and lit the Flowers Plantation tree. What an evening of holiday cheer had by all. Thank you to the folks at the Flowers Plantation for including the band in the festivities! Check out all of our photos from the event taken by band member Ashby Spratley here.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Traditions provide students, faculty and staff of Campbell University with shared experiences and help to define the culture of their university; this includes their homecoming parade. The skirl of the pipes and drums are also a part of the Campbell tradition and Wake & District was was again honored to be able to provide this background music for the university.
This year Wake and District marched strongly on parade with 10 sides, 11 pipers, 1 bass and 1 tenor. It was a great time until our Pipe Major nearly got stepped on by the campus mascot…we have a piper down!
On Saturday, 19 October 2013 members of Wake and District got all dressed in order to attend the 9th Annual Salute to Freedom Gala put on by the USO of North Carolina. The gala took place in the shadow of Sir Walter Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center. This event celebrates the accomplishments of honorees from each branch of the military and we are previlaged to participate each year. Thank you to all the band members who made it out – even with such a big band pictured below — it’s hard to believe we were still missing 17 pipers, 4 sides, 2 tenors and 1 bass…
On Thursday, 17 October 2013 members of Wake & District had a blast at Tir Na nOg for yet another fab Kilt Night. Brilliant performances throughout the night from Albannach, My Three Kilts and the members of Wake and District; thank you for a strong turnout from the Nach-Army, and all of our friends, families and fans. Congrats to bass drummer Alex Martin playing his first band gig tonight!
On Tuesday, 08 October 2013 members of Raleigh’s Pipe Band — Wake & District — had the honor bring Raleigh’s Mayor — Nancy McFarlane — onto the stage of Tir Na nOg to celebrate her 2nd term win as Mayor of the City of Oaks. Congratulations Mayor McFarlane!
We build on foundations we did not lay
We warm ourselves by fires we did not light
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant
We drink from wells we did not dig
We profit from persons we did not know
This is as it should be.
Together we are more than any one person could be.
Together we can build across the generations.
Together we can renew our hope and faith in the life that is yet to unfold.
Together we can heed the call to a ministry of care and justice.
We are ever bound in community.
May it always be so.
For more campaign news please visit the Mayor’s website @ http://nancymcfarlane.com/
Our mantra for the 2013 competition season came from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road; a call to arms, an exhortation to those who are strong enough to join us on the road. For Walt Whitman the journey was the source of poetry, we see it as something larger, as a way of life. “We convince by our presence.” The road is a symbol of our mission and resolve which just happens to make for good poetry. We stepped onto the field together in April at the Loch Norman Games winning 1st place in G4 and 3rd place in G5 band competition. We ended the season together on the field of the Scotland County Games winning 1st place in G4 and 3rd place in G5 band competition. All along the road we faced challenges and through determination we walk away pleased and proud.
Thank you to all of our band members for their hard work and determination — and to our family members and friends for their patience and support along the road where re-connected with so many old friends and made so many new ones.
New music is being distributed for the 2014 competition season and we start rehearsing tomorrow…ever upward.