We had a strong turnout last night for the Chieftains concert at a packed Duke Energy Center for the performing arts. It was an extremely crowded stage with a full symphony, the Chieftains, 20+ members of our band, dancers and more… We made it through both sets with fortitude. There was some confusion during the finale between the band, chieftains, dancers and symphony which led to some tempo issues – we recovered quickly – it was a nice show. Thanks to the Chieftains for allowing us to grace the stage with them. Thanks to the Duke Energy Center for their kindness and again – THANK YOU to all of our band members who ran with this… Next event is the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday 15 March 2014.
We didn’t break the record, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have FUN. Shenanigans were amok all day long at what was indeed a BRILLIANT day surrounded by family, friends and fans. Wake and District is so grateful to stand with the nOg Run Club and support their Run Greek 8k initiative and the second attempt to bring the World Record Kilted Run to Raleigh. Thank you to Sgt. Mike of the Nach Army and the Duke of Perth for helping free Seamus the Leprechaun King. We now believe his abduction was a rouse aimed at the Celtic Cultures of North America from the Scots and Australians who are also attempting to break record.
It wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor; the 3rd time will be the “lucky” charm. Keep your kilts, tell your friends, see you next year.
Now that St. Practice Day is behind us – it’s time to gear up for the Chieftains Concert on 02 March, the Carolina Hurricanes Game on the 11th, ant the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the 15th. See you soon! #40shadesofgreen
On Saturday, 01 March 2014 Wake and District will join forces with the nOg Run Club for an attempt at breaking the WORLD RECORD KILT RUN.
Ok, it’s only 2 blocks – but it is a WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT.
Join Seamus the Leprechaun King at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh starting at noon for a day full of shenanigans (starting at noon).
>> Registration starts at as little as $5.00 here <<
Kilted Shenanigan After Party hosted by the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums and our Leprechaun King — SEAMUS!!!
- Leprechaun Village with face painting and blarney stone kissing
- Live music from 12pm until 2am:
- My 3 Kilts
- Wake District Pipes and Drums
- Nine Times Around
- Tuatha Dea
World Record Kilt Run
Registration starts at as little as $5.00 here.
Kilt Requirements: Plaid knee length (or close to it) garment that buckles onthe side. If your kilt does not have a buckle, a belt may be worn. Need to purchase a kilt? Sport Kilt is our official kilt sponsor (http://sportkilt.com/). Use promo code WRKILT and receive 10% off your purchase. Costume kilts are available for $22 when you register online. These kilts do not have buckles and must be worn with a belt. Runners in kilts will do a short run around Moore Square at 2 pm. The 8K race will take place at 3 pm. Enjoy a great downtown course and an after party with live music hosted by Tir na nOg Irish Pub.
We are bidding farewell to a long time member, drummer Sky Baer. Sky and his mom Sam joined the band back in 2007 and have been mainstays of our program. With mom by his side, we watched young Sky grow up from a child into the young man he is today. With so much going on and changing in his young life (knowing he wouldn’t be able to be the dedicated band member we need) - he asked to retire from the band.
We — your fellow band members appreciate everything you have done for us over the years – all the time you (sometimes begrudgingly) spent in a kilt, on the weekends and out of state.
You’re a talented young man with so much potential on or off the snare drum. We hope to see you come out of retirement when time allows.
As we get ready for St. Patrick’s Day 2014 — Wake and District is ready to begin celebrating early with our Pipe Band PINT NIGHT — Friday, 21 February 2014 – 7:00 pm @ Tir Na nOg… The evening fare will feature the skirl of the Pipes and Drums and the music of the MAKEM AND SPAIN BROTHERS. The band will have limited edition FOFrock pint glasses for sale for $20.00; the glasses will feature unlimited refills from band kegs at the nOg that evening.
The Makem & Spain Brothers: Every generation has a few acts that define where a musical genre is going, performers so confident in their chosen field that they are able to completely embrace the genre and yet introduce something new to it. In Irish folk music today, that act is the Makem and Spain Brothers. Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and five male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound. The Makem and Spain Brothers are at their best onstage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans that have never experienced the joy of folk music.
7:00 pm show
Reserved $12 tickets on sale @ http://www.zvents.com/raleigh_nc/events/show/368809551-the-makem-spain-brothers
Please make early reservations for stage side seating.
Mother of band members Jeff Rogers has made a marvelous patchwork quilt featuring past band t-shirts — along with t-shirts from agencies our band serves – North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Wake County EMS and the Raleigh Police and Fire Departments (among others).
This one of a kind item will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be available from band members beginning Friday, 21 February @ our Pipe Band Pub Night Fundraiser with the Makem and Spain Brothers at Tir Na nOg.
We will continue to sell tickets at the World Record Kilt Run on Saturday March 1st, the Chieftains Concert on March 4th and throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend where we will be on parade in our home town with stops at lots of pubs throughout the triangle.
Tickets are only $5 each and 5 for $20
Raffle drawing March 17th @ the nOg
winner not need to be present
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius.
An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.
It goes without saying, we LOVE THIS BAND.
On behalf of the members of Wake and District –
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
It is with a heavy heart we bid farewell to piper Sean O’Neill. Sean has been a member of our band since 2009 – we watched him grow up from a big-haired brazened teenager into a strong young man — who is now putting his studies first and foremost (as it should be). Sean came into the band after private lessons with Pipe Sergeant John Schodtler and quickly became a cornerstone within our ranks. Throughout 2012 he served as the Pipe Major of our G5 competition group where the band finished 8th out of 103 bands.
You were always there for us Sean – doing the right things for the right reasons. Wherever life takes you, we will always be here for you. It’s not goodbye…it’s until we meet again.
How about on 10 January 2015 we buy you a pint?
Let Raleigh’s pipe band — the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums bring some shenanigans to your St. Patrick’s Day shindig with the skirl of the bagpipes and beat of the drum. We can provide everything from a single piper up to a full (wedding crashing) pipe and drum band.
Performance fees started at only $100.
Book now before it is too late.
Call Mike Bishop @ 919.524.3392
or email email@example.com for more information!
Wake and District “crashing” Ashley and Dustin’s Wedding Reception
@ the Downtown Raleigh Cobblestone Hall – 2013
With over 70 members on our roster we are a BIG band. Rehearsal on Monday, 27 January 2014 was a clear reflection of how we convince by our presence. Thank you to all 47 band members who made it out (before the blizzard set in) for a good band rehearsal. As we continue to work on new funeral tunes, Chieftains concert tunes, parade tunes and deportment it is clear our tide is rising. To our missing members – we’re not judging you, we just miss you. All of our members know we put family first, careers second — and try to put the band third (sorry Uncle Jack).
Running a successful and sustainable pipe is an undertaking to say the least. Thank you to our membership for making it a little easier. To our founding members, newest members and perspective members — we hope to see you next week and in the weeks, months and years to come…