On Saturday, 18 May 2013 band members participated in the 53rd Annual Scottish Games in Fair Hill, Maryland. Both the band’s G4 and G5 took the field at the Fair Hill Race Track against a myriad of fantastic bands. Several of our solo members landed solidly on the boards – John Lovett with a FIRST PLACE in solo bass, Jean Russell with a 2nd in solo tenor, Garret Justice with a 4th in his march and Ken McKeveney, Seamus Russel and Jacob Egen also representing with solid performances. As for the band competition circles…our Grade 4 group took 3rd overall with rankings of 1,1,4,7 while our G5 landed in the middle of the pack at 6th with rankings of 6, 6, 4, 9. Be sure to check out our Facebook feed for a few hundred photos captured by band member Antonio Raynor… We also celebrated band member Alan Armstrong’s birthday at the games — HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALAN!!!
Kudos to the games organizers (particularly David Baliff) for putting on a great weekend; this was the band’s second year at the games and we are looking forward to 2014!
We will never lose our optimism — “tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . .” – we will continue to expend all of our energy in pursuit of our goals.
On Friday, 17 May 2013 band members will be heading North on Interstate 95 in order to participate at the 53rd Annual Scottish Games in Fair Hill, Maryland. Both the band’s G4 and G5 will be taking the field on Saturday, 18 May 2013 at the Fair Hill Race Track. Best of luck to the G4 and G5 players in addition to all our soloists competing; we convince by our presence. Be sure to check out our Facebook feed for updates from the field… For more information on the games check out >> www.fairhillscottishgames.org << Safe travel to all the bands making the trip!
Fair Hill order of play
Top Circle–(near Grandstand)
2:00–Old Bridge and District—excused from Opening Massed Bands
2:10–Thomas Hall Memorial—-excused from Opening Massed Bands
2:20–St. Ann’s of Hampton—-excused from Opening Massed Bands
2:30–Philadelphia Emerald Society
2:40–Wake & District
Grade 2/3 Medley Challenge
4:15—City of Washington
Grade 3 MSR
2:00—Atlanta–excused from Opening Massed Bands
2:10—Ulster Scottish–excused from Opening Massed Bands
2:20—Carnegie Mellon University–excused from Opening Massed Bands
Grade 4 Medley
3:40–Wake & District
4:00–Delmar & District
Everyone that has ever worn the badge, or had a family member who wears one, knows that 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. Our community, our Nation will never forget their sacrifice.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week, meaning that National Police Week 2012 will be Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, May 18th. For more information on National Police Week please visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund <<.
On Saturday, 11 May 2013 members of Wake & District were engaged in yet another weekend full of activities (no rest for the wicked). While a mini-band played 2 Campbell University Graduation Exercises (morning and afternoon commencements) - a larger group of band members headed West to help the City of Winston-Salem celebrate their centennial with what else…A PARADE! The cavalcade was led by Winston-Salem’s finest and bravest (police and fire) and our pipe band had the distinct privilege to march with them through old Salem, over the hyphen and into downtown Winston.
We have such wonderful people in our band. Thank you to our members for your willingness to give up yet another Saturday for the band, thank you to our families for putting up with us leaving the house for another all-day Saturday excursion on behalf of the band - and thank you to all the friendly folks who smile and clap as we walk by…we hope you enjoyed the music.
On Saturday, 04 May 2013 members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums participated in the 8th Annual North Carolina Fallen Firefighters (NCFFF) march and memorial at Nash Square located in Downtown, Raleigh.
The NCFFF is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, more specifically to lead the effort to remember North Carolina ’s fallen firefighters and their families. The NCFFF compiles, maintains, and makes available information concerning fallen firefighters. The NCFFF acts in the best interest of the firefighters of North Carolina and supplement the efforts of other North Carolina based Fire Service and Government Agencies and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The NCFFF endeavors to cultivate a fraternal spirit among the firefighters as they endure the loss of their fellow firefighter.
This year members of Wake & District marched side by side with our comrades from the Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band, Asheville Fire Department Pipe Band and Cary Fire Department among others… This march honors all those who serve and all those who have sacrificed.
Some photos from band member Ashby W. Spratley III can be seen here.
This is why we played…
Brevard FD 8/25/1909
Wilmington FD 9/24/1972
Blowing Rock FD 3/21/2010
Evans Crossroad VFD 1/8/2012
Donald L. Suggs
Summerville Fire and Rescue 6/11/2012
Ryan S. David
NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Joseph M. McCormick
NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Paul K. Mikeal
NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Robert S. Cannon
NC Air National Guard 7/1/2012
Bethlehem Fire & Rescue 10/10/2012
David M. Tatum
White Oak FD 11/5/2012
Walter M. Summerville III
Kernersville Fire and Rescue 11/6/2012
John M. Hall
Clarkton VFD 11/7/2012
Members of Wake & District were honored to participate for the 5th year in a row at the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation run for our heroes event held on Saturday, 27 April 2013 under gorgeous Carolina blue skies. The Foundation’s mission is to honor Raleigh police officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and to pledge that their unselfish acts and commitment to protecting others will never be forgotten. The run is a fundraising event which all proceeds will go towards building a long overdue Raleigh Police Memorial which will be located at Raleigh City Hall. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 26, 2014 for the 6th annual run for our heroes and hopefully the debut of the RPD memorial.
Thank you to all the band members who came out to honor these heroes – it was a strong showing of support on our behalf.
Nearly 3,000 runners hit the pavement on Sunday 21 April 2013 in downtown Raleigh to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing last week. Those who showed up at Moore Square for the 3-mile Boston Memorial Run were there to show solidarity and their support for Boston. Three people were killed in the pair of blasts, and more than 180 people were injured. Organizers were expecting about 300 runners – and over 3,000 showed up. Many runners who crossed the finish line Sunday afternoon said they did so for those who couldn’t on Monday. Coming together makes all of us stronger; it is part of the recovery phase. Runners go through the recovery phase after they run. They need to heal, let their muscles, body, mind and spirit all come back together to be stronger – and as a Nation we need to heal. Huge props to the nOg Run Club for helping organize this event and kudos to Raleigh’s BRAVEST and Raleigh’s FINEST for a strong showing. Wake & District was honored to send a piper to play Amazing Grace during a moment of silence and remembrance.
For Boston, stay wicked strong!
Song of the Open Road, by Walt Whitman is our inspiration for the 2013 competition season which opened at the 20th Annual Loch Norman Highland games on 20 April 2013. The results of which included 1st place G4, 3rd place G5, 1st place solo bass drumming (John Lovett) and 2nd place 2/4 march (Garret Justice) among others. It was a great day for the Wake & District Program; never an easy day… Throughout life, everyone encounters problems which may not always have an easy way out. Sometimes these paths involve other people who have other expectations but the most important thing to do is stay true to yourself. Walt Whitman himself was probably going through a situation similar to the words in his poems at the time he wrote it. When a person had stress, it is time to take a rest. And when you are at that point when you need to, take the open road.
Relaxation is what this poem expresses. Once you step into this open road, you have all the time by your side. It becomes your decision whether to take this path. When you do decide to take it, all your problems fade away because this relaxing road overwhelms you. Any bad feelings you seem to have change because you no longer feel troubled, stressed, or crowded. You soon feel “strong and content”. Whatever happened in the past, you forget, because once you take the road, you won’t need to know anything except how being free will be like. “I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune” Whitman means that when he walks on this road, he doesn’t want luck but because he is care free and cheerful that is his luck.
The theme of this poem is freedom. When a person takes the open road, you feel, “Healthy, free, the world before me.” Being free means being able to do anything you want to do. It means having no troubles upon you and wants nothing except to relax. Having relaxation is being calm, showing no signs of stress. Having both freedom and relaxation takes the troubles from you. When a person takes the open road, it involves making more choices. You have to use what you learned and apply it to the choices to be made. Doing this, you can get better results.
Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Roadis a call to arms, an exhortation to those who are strong enough to join us on the road. For Whitman the journey is the source of poetry, we see it as something larger, as a way of life. What is at stake is more fundamental and universal than literature. The road is a symbol of our mission and resolve which just happens to make for good poetry.
Allons yet take warning — we convince by our presence.
The members of Wake & District will have distinct honor to perform for the North Carolina Rose of Tralee event the evening of Saturday, 20 April 2013 @ the Embassy Suites in Raleigh on Arco Corporate Drive.
The North Carolina Rose Centre is part of the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland and will hold the annual North Carolina Rose Selection to discover who will be the first North Carolina Rose. The winning Raleigh candidate will compete with ”roses” from all over the world for the title Rose of Tralee, Ireland. The North Carolina Rose winner will be flown to take part in the Rose of Tralee Regional Semi Finals Festival at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Co Laois, Ireland from 29th May to 2nd June 2013.
Thirty-two roses will be selected from this event to be part of the Rose of Tralee International Festival Finals in Kerry, Ireland from August 16th to August 20th. If you would like to be considered for the 2013 North Carolina Rose, please download and complete the entry form here.
Additional information can be found here.
On behalf of all the members of the Wake & District Public Safety pipe band family – we extend our heartfelt condolences to all those impacted by the terror attacks in Boston on 15 April 2013 during the Boston Marathon. To our police, fire and ems comrades in Boston – stay safe and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Like us, many feel a need to “do something” in light of this horrible attack of terror… Join our friends from the nOg run club on Sunday, 21 April 2013 @ 3:00 pm when we meet at Tir Na Nog for a memorial run. Join RunRaleigh Races, Tobacco Road Marathon, nOg Run Club, Big Boss Run Club, Raleigh Galloway, City of Oaks Marathon, Run Blue Run Club, WFAR, Black Girls Running and many other local organizations. We will be meeting at Tir na nOg for a 3 mile run through downtown Raleigh. Wear a race shirt in support of the runners and families.We will be collecting donations to send to those affected by this horrible tragedy. We are currently researching non-profits and will let you know as soon as a decision is made.
More information on Facebook here.