Band rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Training Academy located at 3318 Garner Road, Raleigh, NC 27610.
FOR OUR FALLEN is everything we stand for. The rank and file of our organization are from numerous police, fire and rescue agencies in the Raleigh/Durham region – alongside active and retired members of the United State Military. In addition to those public safety and military members we are proud to be one of a handful of public safety bands which allow family members and friends to join our ranks.
Wake & District is open to new membership. Most incoming members are complete beginner students interested in learning the Great Highland bagpipes, Scottish snare drum, flourishing and rhythm tenor drum, or bass drum in a pipe band setting. The band recognizes the importance for young and old alike to be grounded properly in the basic technique and musicality seen with these unique instruments. All of our instructors have a great love for teaching and instilling the right things for the right reasons.
Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums welcomes individuals who already play pipes or drums and are interested in joining a success-driven group of like-minded musicians. While our group leaders keep their eyes out for talented players, WE CANNOT READ MINDS. If you wish to become a part of our group – do not hesitate to contact us. Our teaching programs are thriving, and we continually focus on cultivating new players from interested young people, as a means of keeping the art form alive and help us honor our fallen comrades.
Wake & District remains focused on future achievement, despite all of our past accomplishments. We take great pride in all we have accomplished and realize there is always a higher level of excellence to be won. We strive to be humble and grateful for our members, our collective talents and hard work, and the opportunities we have to perform and grow. Our members share strong bonds beyond the competition circle, fostering relationships with other members of the team. This allows us to flourish as an organization as we have for over 6 years, and allows us to continue to move forward.
The organization now fields two competition groups, each with a different level of ability. While individual band members compete in all levels, the band competes in Grade 4 and Grade 5 at events sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.
We continue to work together to accomplish common goals, both on the field and off. While we focus on our goals in competition, we recognize our duty within the community to be in service and perpetuate the art form. Our teaching programs are thriving, and we continually focus on cultivating new players from interested young people, as a means of keeping the art form alive.
The band regularly participates in bagpipe band clinics, workshops as well as remote instruction over the web with Andrew Hoinacki and the team at Top Flight Pipe Band Consultants.
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