When our journey began five years ago none of us realized we would have come so far, so fast. It wasn’t luck by any means – rather a simple case of preparedness meeting opportunity. The band is a volunteer group – and their dedication has shined all the way through and leading up to January 8, 2011 at the Progress Energy Center.
To our family, friends, fans and co-workers – we hope you enjoyed the concert. Please know we could not have walked this road without all of you. We extend our sincere gratitude to the following: Chief John McGrath, the command staff and the members of the City of Raleigh Fire Department for their unwavering support. Chief Poole, Chief McClaurin and the training staff at the Keeter Training Center for continued use of the RFD Training Facilities. Russell Denton and the staff at the Progress Energy Center. Annie Nice, Pete Pagano and the staff at Tir Na Nog (our Thursday night home). Marsha Parrish and the staff at the Downtown Raleigh Sheraton. Ann & Jay Goldfinch and Chris Ridley (vocals, bass and drums). Most importantly – our family and friends for your continued support.
The band was honored to share the stage with John Cairns, the NCSU Pipes and Drums, the Triad Highlanders, Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance and the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department. There will certainly be a myriad of photos and videos making their way around.
We’ve done our part and as we journey home, a final word to everyone who continue to walk with us: we’re doing it. We haven’t been just marking time. We’re making a difference. We are making our community stronger, we’re making family and friends prouder, and we’re leaving behind good times for better times. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.
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