On Saturday, 04 October 2014 Wake and District – along with bands from across the region – packed our bags, filled our coolers and headed to Scotland County, North Carolina for their highland games. It’s always great to see so many pipers and drummers together and hear the cacoffiny of music. Throughout the day we made a point to ask our fellow pipers and drummers “why do we do this…” — this question wasn’t meant to disparage the spectacle of the games – but to capture a snapshot of why pipe bands do what we do.
Piping and drumming is all about tradition and excellence. No one likes to lose. It’s all important. After the closing ceremony we watched as bands gathered together to talk about the day; what went right, what went wrong and how things can be done differently next time. These bands care about their members. It tells you a lot about the pipe band community; we are raising the level of our art. It’s more than 9 notes…
We had our share of pipe band problems throughout the day which did not lend themselves to our best performances in front of the judges. Both our G4 (1*,1,2,5 *AGL) and G5 (1,2,2,4) finished 2nd overall to the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band and the Knoxville Pipes and Drums.
We look forward to our seeing our pipe band friends at the 42nd Annual Stone Mountain Highland Games — hope to see you there.
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