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Since the formation of the band in 2006, members had discussed recording a compilation of tunes which represent our mission.   In 2011, the band — with the help of Patrick O’Leary, Alan Armstrong and a host of other past and present band members produced and released a 9 track EP titled FOR OUR FALLEN.   It’s not the greatest pipe band compilation ever recorded – it is a representation of our mission and our music — who we were as a band 6 years ago.

Today, our mission remains steadfast while our musical development has reached a new turning point.

Life is all about turning points. Some people don’t embrace them, because they fear change – but over more than 11 years as Wake and District, we’ve learned to see shifts in success and forks in the road as huge opportunities (unless it’s the point during massed bands where we have to turn around and avoid great bodily harm to one another).  Turning points steer us in the direction.

You can download the entire EP from the links below.

The EP opens with an introduction by Annie Nice which states:

The tradition of bagpipes and drums played at fire department and police department funerals in the United States of America goes back over 150 years.

When the Irish and Scottish immigrated to the States, they brought many of their customs with them. One of these was the bagpipe, often played at Celtic weddings, funerals and Céilís.

Those who have been to funerals when bagpipes play, know how haunting and mournful the sound of the pipes can be. Before too long, families and friends of non-Irish firefighters and police officers began asking for pipe bands to play for these fallen heroes. The pipes and drums add a special air and dignity to the solemn occasion.

Today, the tradition is universal and not just for the Irish or Scottish. The pipes have come to be a distinguishing feature of a fallen hero’s funeral.

The Wake and District Public Safety Pipe Band was formed in May of 2006 and originated out of the idea we need to better recognize and thank the individuals who risk their lives on a daily basis for the safety of the community.  In addition to this goal this group strives to honor those heroes who have lost their lives in these endeavors.

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.

This is our duty.

FOR OUR FALLEN

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