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NYPD: officers down…

Two members of the New York City Police Department were shot and killed execution style Saturday, 20 December 2014 as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner.   We ask you extend your thoughts and prayers to these officers, their families, the men and women of the NYPD — and police officers everywhere as they fill with anger and grief.

Everyone who has ever worn the badge, or had a family member who wears one, knows  the ultimate sacrifice might be asked of them. We know that in an instant, any assignment can turn into danger, then death, then unending sorrow. When a police officer dies in the line of duty it is a tragedy for the entire community, but it is forever a memory of fellow police officers and their families.

The men and women who wear the badge are well aware of these risks. They train, they prepare, they are well equipped, but sometimes none of these things matter.

They have husbands, wives, children, mothers and fathers. They have dreams and goals and look forward to a long and peaceful retirement. But  cannot shrink from their duty.

Thet see the best and worst of humankind. They confront despair and overwhelming challenges; but still  carry on.

It is difficult to fathom the strength, courage and commitment which propel them to go out the door each morning. Perhaps it is because while they  face incredible difficulties they are also privileged to participate in some of society’s greatest moments — seeing good men and women stand up to those who would do them and their neighbor’s harm– people willing to take risks for each other.

Cops experience the grateful nod of appreciation from someone they helped, and feel the awe of children who want only to follow in their footsteps.

Set your politics aside and your prayers forward.


world-record-2015

Guinness World Record Attempt…

Wake and District is proudly partnering with the folks from the nOg Run Club to go after a Guinness World Record!!

Most Kilted Runners

Kilted runners can sign up for the World Record for Kilted Runners @ http://stpaddysrungreen8k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=4763

A HUGE after-party will take place in Moore Square (Raleigh, NC) after the Kilt Run with musical guests Albannach, My 3 Kilts and Wake & District.

Albannach, My 3 Kilts and Wake and District

 

Got Questions?
Send us an email — info@RaleighPipeBand.com

3-4-5

a new trilogy begins…

Hard work.  Members of Wake and District  preach a lot about hard work.  Always posting about it and writing about.  A lot of people work hard.  But they don’t get where they want to go.  We fall into the trap of sometimes life isn’t  fair – and the reality hard work won’t turn us into the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Since we stepped onto the EUSPBA competition field for the first time at Loch Norman in 2008 — we’ve realized we have two options: work hard – systematically go after the things you want – or – complain and hope things change.  We all realize “hope” is a really bad plan.  So, don’t confuse success with winning. Set the tone for success.  Help your band go after things you want and push no matter the circumstances.

Hard work is the currency of success — HARD WORK IS never-ending.  The harder we have to work, the greater the stakes, and the scarier it all becomes; exciting, but scary.  Don’t get caught up in “we’re only as good as our last run” or “we won”.

We need to work hard to continue to deliver. The second you’re not hungry or hustling – you don’t matter.  Play or do not play. Hard work keeps us good, it is our competitive advantage. We rehearse to be the best – we hustle, we work. We don’t walk in with instant success.  Have goals and keep the mission on the horizon — the advantage is to never lose this mindset.

Systematically cut-away and move forward with the understanding expectations are not always met.  When goals are not met we have two additional choices:

  1. Systematically, aggressively, go after your goal through hard work and hustle.
  2. Blame the judges, other bands, players in your band, the weather, the rules, your gear, the other band’s honey badger and it’s feisty attitude, whatever.

There are no “secrets” to success. Success is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

With all this saidwe are elated to announce we will be fielding THREE bands in the 2015 EUSPBA Competition Season in Grade 5, 4 and now 3.

 We’ve got news for you – the honey badger doesn’t care.

 

#NewTrilogy #DonkeyKong


the-model-t-2

bigger, brighter, bolder

Members of Wake and District spent a Saturday with Master bagpipe maker – Roddy MacLellan.  At  MacLellan bagpipes they don’t strive to be the biggest, fastest or the cheapest. They do however, meticulously craft  a small number of the some of the best sounding and most beautiful looking instruments.  Since 1988, Roddy has gradually established a solid reputation for rich, warm and stable tone, created with incredible craftsmanship, and instruments of heirloom quality and unparalleled beauty.

Roddy has been working on a new profile Derlin chanter with round and oval holes for us to try out (along with a plethora of blank prototypes which he made changes on — milling — based on what we heard).  Preliminary testing was done with Roddy and one of his apprentices – Gabriel Nierman.

We set the prototypes up with blown in and balanced Megarity reeds pitching around 480 hz in the shop.  They produced a full range of harmonics (especially in the top hand) producing clearer projection, more volume and broader sound against a set of MacLellan originals and Atherton MDs.

The end result was pretty epic. We kept tweaking and after about 10 blank chanters we fell in love. We did blind sound tests with other chanters and our final result won every time. Roddy is awesome! — Seth Wells

Using the same reed for the blind sound tests, the chanter sounded bigger and brighter than one of the world standard chanters. It’s going to be exciting to hear a dozen of them together! — Michael Supples

At the end of the day we settled in on two prototypes; T2 and T3 — “T” for Roddy’s daughter Taylor (who is a piper herself — finishing 4th overall this season in the EUSPBA Piping Grade IV Jr).

We will continue to play the prototypes in other sets of pipes and with other reeds — and advise on where we settle in.  Based on what we garnered from a day with Roddy — we are looking forward to a bigger, brighter, bolder and broader sound.

Thank you Roddy, Gab and Taylor for spending the day with us.

For more information on MacLellan bagpipes — please visit their website @ http://www.highland-pipemaker.com/MacLellan%20Bagpipes.htm


night-in-blue

a night in blue gala…

Members of Wake and District were honored to participate at the North Carolina Auxiliary – Wives Behind the Badge – 3rd Annual A Night In Blue Officer Appreciation Gala.  The North Carolina Wives Behind the Badge Auxiliary Chapter is dedicated to providing resources and emotional support to North Carolina law enforcement families.  Our performance has always begun with a solo piper playing Amazing Grace in honor of  our fallen; this year’s solo piper was Ashby Spratley.

While these fallen heroes are no longer with us — 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 to you. This is our duty —- For Our Fallen.

Thank you to the North Carolina Auxiliary – Wives Behind the Badge for putting on this gala in appreciation of all our law enforcement heroes.

#wbtbgala


patrol

right things, right reasons…

In a ceremony Tuesday at the State Highway Patrol Training Academy, Colonel Bill Grey, SHP commander, recognized Wake and District with the Colonel’s Appreciation Award on behalf of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.  Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry was on hand to present the awards. Here is the write-up from the Colonel:

In 2006 Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums (W&D) played a graduation event for the N.C. State Highway Patrol and have been playing graduations, promotional ceremonies and special events ever since.

W&D consist of members of law enforcement, fire, EMS, military active, reserve, and retired, as well as civilians who have a heart toward public safety and want to give back to the men and women who give so much. W&D is a nonprofit organization whose main focus is to honor our fallen and provide service to the families of fallen men and women of public safety. W&D members honored Trooper’s Demuth and Stocks after the tragic events that took their lives.

W&D member’s, have a passion for what they do and the public safety community they serve. W&D has been not just ambassadors to public safety but ambassadors for the patrol, always being happy to assist at a moment’s notice.

“I do not consider them just friends but a part of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol family,” Colonel Grey said.

Wake and District has set out from the beginning to do the right things for the right reasons.  We are simply HUMBLED to be recognized by North Carolina State Highway Patrol – and HONORED to be a part of their family.

#supererogation


hard-work

it’s neverending…

We are going to steal a mantra from our friends at RangerUp…

Hard work.  Members of Wake and District  preach a lot about hard work.  Always posting about it and writing about.  A lot of people work hard.  But they don’t get where they want to go.  We fall into the trap of sometimes life isn’t fair – and the reality hard work won’t turn us into the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

We realize we have two options: work hard – systematically go after the things you want – or – complain and hope things change.  We all realize “hope” is a really bad plan.  So, don’t confuse success with winning. Set the tone for success.  Help your band go after things you want and push no matter the circumstances.

Hard work is the currency of success — HARD WORK IS never-ending.  The harder we have to work, the greater the stakes, and the scarier it all becomes; exciting, but scary.  Don’t get caught up in “we’re only as good as our last run” or “we won”.

We need to work hard to continue to deliver. The second you’re not hungry or hustling – you don’t matter.  Play or do not play. Hard work keeps us good, it is our competitive advantage. We rehearse to be the best – we hustle, we work. We don’t walk in with instant success.  Have goals and keep the mission on the horizon — the advantage is to never lose this mindset.

Systematically cut-away and move forward with the understanding expectations are not always meant.  When goals are not met we have two additional choices:

  1. Systematically, aggressively, go after your goal through hard work and hustle
  2. Blame the judges, other bands, players in your band, the weather, the rules, your gear, the other band’s honey badger and it’s feisty attitude, whatever.

There are no “secrets” to success. Success is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

We’ve got news for you – the honey badger doesn’t care.

parade-2014

marching in honor…

On Saturday, 08 November 2014 members of Wake & District have the privilege to march in the 2014 North Carolina Veteran’s Day Parade.  Thank you to Mr. Terry F. Chatfield, Vice President, Wake County Council of Veterans Organizations, Inc and Mr. Scott Kennedy of the North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution for once again inviting the band to perform in the parade — and giving us the honor of being up front to lead the way.

Honestly…we hate everything about parades: the staging, the weather, the parking, the horse poop – you name it.  While all parades hold special meaning to people, this parade is different for us; we march in honor of the valor, courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women of our Nation’s military (including several band members) who call North Carolina home.  For more information on the parade – please visit the NC Veteran’s Day Parade website @ http://www.ncveteransparade.com

As we marched – we couldn’t help to think about a certain number; 22.  According to a VA report — 22 veterans commit suicide each day in our Nation. That is significantly more than the daily numbers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

The generation which survived those wars—and others—are struggling to keep our brothers and sisters with us. What’s happening is an utter travesty. There’s no other way of putting it.

We can postulate the reasons all day: stress from prolonged conflicts and multiple deployments, trauma from horrific experiences, coming home to an apathetic public, a poor job market for veterans, etc. Those are issues, but not the biggest one. Our biggest issue is what we’re doing and what we’re going to do to stop this domestic epidemic.

This problem is the public’s as much as it the veteran community’s. We’re losing bright minds—people who could have contributed great things for our nation and the human race. We’re losing experience. We’re losing our soul—the American veteran.

 

We, along with our friends @ Ranger-UP care. Talk to them. Keep tabs on them. Make trips to see them. Remind them they are loved.

RANGER-UP made a shirt to bring awareness to the problem. They made this shirt so the public couldn’t turn a blind eye.

shirtORDER A SHIRT @ http://www.rangerup.com/twentytwo.html

25% of the sales of this shirt will go to Captain Lee Stuckey’s A Hero Foundation.

Their mission:

A Hero is a wounded veterans foundation whose purpose is to serve America’s wounded veterans by providing fellowship and mentoring opportunities through recreational activities. A HERO will provide a supportive environment enabling veterans to continue the healing process, so they can focus on their future and reconcile the traumatic events of their past in a healthy and constructive environment.

Our goal is to serve as many wounded veterans as possible and offer them the healing opportunity that comes from time spent with fellow veterans. A HERO will accomplish this goal by welcoming veterans into a community willing to donate the time, recreational equipment and both natural and financial resources necessary to support a variety of events in order to facilitate fellowship and mentoring activities. Through these activities, A HERO will establish and support a network of veterans with previous experience in dealing with the emotional and physical wounds caused by the stress of combat and war. This network will be self-sustaining and will support veterans all across the United States of America.

Please join us and help heal our wounded veterans, hearts and minds through camaraderie, esprit de corps and memorable experiences.

Let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated, respected and never forgotten. They truly are America’s Heroes. – See more at:http://www.rangerup.com/twentytwo.html#sthash.LlEx3UqR.dpuf


one-last-run

band stand at ease…

Members of Wake and District piped and drummed our way into the grass circle one last time for 2014 — this time in Richmond for the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games — which were held under sunny skies on Saturday, 25 October 2014.  Our G4 members were anxious to give our MMSR and Medley one final run.

In Grade 4 we placed 1st (1-1-2-1) with our MMSR and we challenged up to Grade 3 against the MacMillan and Richmond Pipe Bands (both excellent  programs) and finished 3rd; we received some really positive comments from the judges and the other Grade 3 bands.  As noted by one of the G3 judges — “best tenor|bass line today!” #SASS

To the committee of the games – WELL DONE on an organized, friendly and relaxing games. To the “Mid-Atlantic” bands — WOW — thank you for your hospitality and the recognition as we approached the line and left the circle. Ya’ll are a classy group; we hope to see more of you in 2015…

The competition circle is now empty and the skirl of the pipes and rattle of the drums has come to a end for the 2014 EUSPBA competition season.

We had a fantastic season – and learned so much; we will wrap that up in another post.

There is a lot of hard work ahead of us (more to come on that).  

Don’t stand easy just yet…

 


richmond

make ready…

We are making ready to close out the season with a trip to Richmond for the Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games.   We will be competing in Grade 4 and challenging up to Grade 3 against the eminent MacMillan Pipe Bands and our friends from Tide-Water and Richmond (among others).

No need to fix bayonets…”Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”  -Sun Tzu

There are some concerns…why would they put FLYING AXES next to the pipe band circle?!  Are they trying to tell us something…