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We had a strong turnout last night for the Chieftains concert at a packed Duke Energy Center for the performing arts. It was an extremely crowded stage with a full symphony, the Chieftains, 20+ members of our band, dancers and more… We made it through both sets with fortitude. There was some confusion during the finale between the band, chieftains, dancers and symphony which led to some tempo issues – we recovered quickly – it was a nice show. Thanks to the Chieftains for allowing us to grace the stage with them. Thanks to the Duke Energy Center for their kindness and again – THANK YOU to all of our band members who ran with this… Next event is the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday 15 March 2014.
We didn’t break the record, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have FUN. Shenanigans were amok all day long at what was indeed a BRILLIANT day surrounded by family, friends and fans. Wake and District is so grateful to stand with the nOg Run Club and support their Run Greek 8k initiative and the second attempt to bring the World Record Kilted Run to Raleigh. Thank you to Sgt. Mike of the Nach Army and the Duke of Perth for helping free Seamus the Leprechaun King. We now believe his abduction was a rouse aimed at the Celtic Cultures of North America from the Scots and Australians who are also attempting to break record.
It wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor; the 3rd time will be the “lucky” charm. Keep your kilts, tell your friends, see you next year.
Now that St. Practice Day is behind us – it’s time to gear up for the Chieftains Concert on 02 March, the Carolina Hurricanes Game on the 11th, ant the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the 15th. See you soon! #40shadesofgreen
Mother of band members Jeff Rogers has made a marvelous patchwork quilt featuring past band t-shirts — along with t-shirts from agencies our band serves – North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Wake County EMS and the Raleigh Police and Fire Departments (among others).
This one of a kind item will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be available from band members beginning Friday, 21 February @ our Pipe Band Pub Night Fundraiser with the Makem and Spain Brothers at Tir Na nOg.
We will continue to sell tickets at the World Record Kilt Run on Saturday March 1st, the Chieftains Concert on March 4th and throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend where we will be on parade in our home town with stops at lots of pubs throughout the triangle.
Tickets are only $5 each and 5 for $20
Raffle drawing March 17th @ the nOg
winner not need to be present
It is with a heavy heart we bid farewell to piper Sean O’Neill. Sean has been a member of our band since 2009 – we watched him grow up from a big-haired brazened teenager into a strong young man — who is now putting his studies first and foremost (as it should be). Sean came into the band after private lessons with Pipe Sergeant John Schodtler and quickly became a cornerstone within our ranks. Throughout 2012 he served as the Pipe Major of our G5 competition group where the band finished 8th out of 103 bands.
You were always there for us Sean – doing the right things for the right reasons. Wherever life takes you, we will always be here for you. It’s not goodbye…it’s until we meet again.
How about on 10 January 2015 we buy you a pint?
Let Raleigh’s pipe band — the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums bring some shenanigans to your St. Patrick’s Day shindig with the skirl of the bagpipes and beat of the drum. We can provide everything from a single piper up to a full (wedding crashing) pipe and drum band.
Performance fees started at only $100.
Book now before it is too late.
Call Mike Bishop @ 919.524.3392
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Wake and District “crashing” Ashley and Dustin’s Wedding Reception
@ the Downtown Raleigh Cobblestone Hall – 2013
With over 70 members on our roster we are a BIG band. Rehearsal on Monday, 27 January 2014 was a clear reflection of how we convince by our presence. Thank you to all 47 band members who made it out (before the blizzard set in) for a good band rehearsal. As we continue to work on new funeral tunes, Chieftains concert tunes, parade tunes and deportment it is clear our tide is rising. To our missing members – we’re not judging you, we just miss you. All of our members know we put family first, careers second — and try to put the band third (sorry Uncle Jack).
Running a successful and sustainable pipe is an undertaking to say the least. Thank you to our membership for making it a little easier. To our founding members, newest members and perspective members — we hope to see you next week and in the weeks, months and years to come…
From the raleighstpats.org website >> Fire Chief John T. McGrath was appointed in 2006. Before becoming the Chief in Raleigh, he served 32 years in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fire Department and retired as the Operations Chief.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in management and accounting from LaSalle University. He’s a graduate of the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” program. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s “Executive Fire Officer” program and he is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Government “Municipal Administration” program.
Chief McGrath has been associated with the National Fallen Fire fighters Foundation since 1998, an organization the Parade Committee is also happy to support, and he has served as the incident commander of the annual Memorial Weekend since 2002.
The Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is very honored to have such a wonderful community leader as our 2014 Grand Marshal.
Chief McGrath and the members of the Raleigh Fire Department have stood behind the Wake and District Public Safety Pipe Band since day one — and we look forward to being home in Raleigh this year for the parade.
For more information on the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and festival check out the website @ http://www.raleighstpats.org/
2013 year in review by founding band member – Lloyd Johnson
On Monday, 23 December 2013 members of Wake and District were privileged to participate in the honors funeral service for Cary Fire Department Captain Jon Schondelmayer who died in the line of duty last week after falling ill while working with the Swift Creek Fire Department. ”He brought a lot of leadership to the Cary Fire Department,” said Cary Fire Chief Loren Cone. “He was loved and honored and respected by everybody he worked with. This is a tragic loss for all of us — the entire community around Cary.”
The funeral services were attended by over 600 - a strong sea of blue honoring a fallen brother. Members of Wake and District proudly played side by side with our comrades from the Asheville Fire Department Pipe Band, Morrisville Fire Department Pipe Band and Cary Fire Department Pipe Band. The skirl of the pipes and slow beat of the drum sounded our brother home.
Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
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.