so many amazing performances…

Congratulations to Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE, MSc and all the members of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band on winning the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships (a 4-peat).  Throughout the 2014 season so many great bands put on so many amazing performances — congratulations to all the bands around the world.

With the Green now empty and the #WPBC2014 come and gone - we look forward to the back half of our season and big changes ahead in 2015 when we intend to raise our standard fielding bands in G3, G4, G5 as well as the introduction of our Juvenile program – the Crossroads Kilty pipe band.   The pipe band world is seeing an evolution of changes in equipment and musicality and it seems pipe bands everywhere are raising the bar — getting bigger and bigger – and better and better.

Time to rehearse….time to get better…




In response to family, friends and fans asking us to bring back our “PIPE BAND — KEEP BACK” t-shirt, Wake and District has created a new clothing line — MASSED BANDS APPAREL.  This first Massed Bands shirt is a nod to our firefighter friends and comes in cardinal red and features a Maltese cross on the front left chest — with our Massed Bands logo and the word “brotherhood” on the bottom rocker.  The back of the shirt read “PIPE BAND — KEEP BACK — 343 FEET (“343″ honoring the 343 FDNY firefighters, EMTs and paramedics who responded to the 9-11 attacks lost their lives).  Only 100 shirts will be available.  This campaign will run through 29 August 2014 with delivery estimated for 11 September 2014.


For now this line of clothing will be handled by BOOSTER and we will keep these shirts at $15 plus shipping and all proceeds will go directly to Wake and District (a registered 501c3).  If you have ideas for a shirt send an email to and we it just may go to print…

The Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums was founded in 2006 and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to improve piping and drumming quality, culture and tradition in the RaD region; we do not compromise people and the art.  The program honors those who sacrifice their lives while serving others; FOR OUR FALLEN is everything the band stands for. 



who are you rooting for #WPBC2014…

Bagpipers and Drummers from around the world are descending into Scotland for the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.  Glasgow welcomes the Worlds back to Glasgow Green on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 August 2014. Saturday’s exciting competition program will comprise 300 performances, including the Grade 1 Championship Finals (the preceding Friday will be dedicated to the Grade 1 Qualifiers).  For those of us who can’t make it over we are grateful to and the BBC for streaming both the G1 qualifiers and the championships — we can’t wait!

The folks at pipes|drums have brought back their pick the six contest with all sorts of GREAT prizes.  Check out the rules and all the information @

Safe travels to all the bands competing and best of luck on the Green.  Wake and District will be watching from our favorite watering hole — Tir Na nOg Irish Pub in Raleigh.


the Spirit of ’76 pipe bands…

The World Pipe Band Championships is the biggest international competition in the pipe band world….. and so much more besides!   The Worlds always brings additional competitions and activity to Glasgow Green, making it a vibrant and hugely entertaining event for all ages and tastes. More information on the Worlds can be found @

Pipers and drummers from around the world will be on the Green or watching online cheering on their favorites.    With the Championships only 10 days away – we wanted to send a special shout-out to the bands from the United States of America heading to Scotland; safe travels and best of luck on the Green.

Here are the bands representing the Spirit of ’76…

Grade 1

- Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band
- Stuart Highlanders

Grade 2

- New York Metro Pipe Band
- Portland Metro Pipe Band
- St Thomas Alumni Pie Band

Grade 3a

- Worcester Kiltie

Grade 4a

- Stuart Highlanders

Grade 4B

- House of Scotland Pipe Band
- Saffron United Pipe Band
- Sir James McDonald Pipe Band


On Friday 15 August the Grade 1 Qualifiers will take place. 

The competition will be streamed online HERE.
On Saturday 16 August all other competition, including the Championship Finals, will take place.
The competition will be streamed online via the BBC website.
We’ll add a link to this page as soon as we have it.




in celebration of their journey…

On Monday, 04 August 2014 members of Wake and District cancelled regular rehearsal in order to play the pipes|drums for a special fundraiser hosted by the Carolina Brotherhoodwhich took place at Crank Arm Brewery in Raleigh.  The Carolina Brotherhood was formed as a means to provide both emotional and financial support for the families of those  lost in the line of duty in the Carolinas. They are a cycling group comprised totally of firefighters, police officers, and emergency personnel from throughout North and South Carolina; they ride in the name of our fallen brothers and sisters from the Carolinas.  Wake and District was honored to play a few tunes in celebration of their journey.

This year’s ride honors the 10 first responders from North and South Carolina who laid down their lives in the line of duty last year.

  • Chief Scott Morrison- Knotts Island Volunteer FD, NC
  • Firefighter Tony Baker- Mountain View Volunteer FD, NC
  • Captain David Heath- New Hanover County Fire Rescue, NC
  • Firefighter Jon Schondelmayer- Swift Creek Rural FD. NC
  • Chief Jeffery Fields- Youngsville Volunteer FD, NC
  • Police Officer Robert Bingaman- Asheville PD, NC
  • Firefighter Michael Broz- Dorchester County FD, SC
  • Chief Rodney Hardee- Loris, SC
  • Deputy Sheriff Joseph Antwine- Florence County SO, SC
  • Deputy Sheriff Tim Causey- Horry County SO, SC

The ride started Raleigh, NC on August 5th and will conclude 5 days later in Charleston, SC covering approximately 500 miles.

#Brotherhood #NeverForgotten


band trading cards…

We are having some fun with our first series of “band trading cards” featuring all fully fledged members of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums.  Members with silver stars on the bottom right corner are founding band members.  The full set of “cards” can be seen on our facebook page here.   Some really interesting fun facts emerging about our band members in for form of comments on individual trading cards.  Again – this is the first series — we plan on a line of throwback, rookie, NCO moments of brilliance cards and more…  Maybe we will event step outside of our circle for fun with other bands or starz of the pipe band world.


RFD Promotional ceremony…

Congratulations to the newest officers of the City of Raleigh Fire Department who were promoted on 31 July 2014.  Wake and District has been honored to be a part of the promotional ceremonies for the Raleigh Fire Department since our formation in 2006.  Photos from this ceremony — by Mike Legeros – can be seen here.

Here is a list of those promoted — again — CONGRATS!

  • Captain Roy Byrd
  • Captain Andrew Coley
  • Captain Curtis Sheridan
  • Lieutenant Donald Griffin
  • Lieutenant James Lawrence
  • Lieutenant Joshua Petty
  • Lieutenant Chad Vradenburg
  • Lieutenant Phillip Walters


foot stomping roaring mayhem…

Cheers to the Annie Nice and all the great folks at Tir Na nOg for putting on another smashing Kilt Night!  Setting the stage for My Three Kilts and Whiskey of the DamnedThe — the skirl of the pipes and beat of the drums filled the pub with foot stomping roaring mayhem.   Thank you to all our families, friends and fans for cheering us on – and thank you to all the band members who made a strong showing – even if you didn’t know the set tunes are were asked not to play ;)

What a way to celebrate Tir Na nOg ONCE AGAIN being named BEST IRISH PUB in the Triangle!

Some band photos from the evening can be seen here.


Kilt Night @ the nOg…

Join members of Wake and District as we help Tir Na nOg celebrate being voted best Irish Pub for the 8th year running.  The evening will feature the skirl of the pipes and drums, the omnipresent My Three Kilts – and special guests Whiskey of The Damned.   NOBODY has more fun than us — except for maybe the Vikings…and they’re all dead.


Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 pm
Free admission


Those who wear the badge…

On behalf of the members of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums — we would like to express our congratulations to the 40 members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol who were promoted on 14 July 2014.  Wake and District has been honored to participate at graduations and promotions for the patrol since 2006.

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin administered the oath of office to 40 members of  the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in a promotion ceremony Mon., July 14 at the Hope Community Church, Raleigh. In addition, 12 civilian employees were recognized for their promotions.

Commander of the State Highway Patrol, Colonel Bill Grey said, “It’s no easy task to be a State Trooper.  It’s even toughter to be a leader.  It requires the support and love of your family.”  Grey said that the promotees must have the ability to truly care for the public, the Patrol organization and for their fellow troopers.

Justice Martin said public safety is the most ancient of public services.  “Public safety is essential to what we do as human beings.”  He said modern law enforcement would not even be possible without the commitment from those who wear the badge.

Read the entire press release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety @