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The Early Days…
In 2005 – under the leadership of veteran Chicago police officer and long-time piper Joe Brady, the members of the Carolina Pipes & Drums of the Emerald Society had worked in the Johnston County area under the leadership of Chief Gary Ragland to build a public safety pipe band. At the same time, an interest in piping was growing within the Wake County EMS Division as several interested potential piping students pressed Wake County EMS Chief and resident piper – Skip Kirkwood – to help them learn to play the pipes (one of those interested medics was Assistant Tony Crawford).  READ MORE…


2007-2011…
With a little money in the bank at the end of the first Tartan Ball, we began a serious effort to acquire Black Stewart kilts and accessories for all band members. In the meantime, the pipe corps and the drum corps continued to grow and improve.  We established some firm relationships in the public safety community. We were “center stage” for three North Carolina State Highway Patrol graduation ceremonies and one promotion ceremony.  The Raleigh Fire Department conducted several promotion ceremonies this year; and we started some new traditions.
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2012-2016…
As 2012 rang in many of us in the band wondered what the New Year would bring. There was a different feeling among the group this year…a feeling like something great was about to happen. We all felt the feeling of satisfaction which comes with maturity and the development of experience. No longer the new guys on the block but still the hungry pipe band, still driving forward, still with something to prove. Needless to say, the year 2012 did not disappoint.  While some traditional events were revisited, the year brought with it a lot of newness as well. It was truly a year like no other.   READ MORE…


Our Founding…
A district is a term for a type of administrative division. Entities known as districts vary greatly in size, spanning entire regions or counties, several municipalities, or subdivisions of municipalities.  The Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums call Raleigh, North Carolina home. Raleigh sits in the Capitol District of the State of North Carolina; Wake County. We wanted to start a pipe band but did not have enough members to field our own “Raleigh” band – so reached out to regions or districts to support our mission.
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