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On April 16, 2011 amid tornados wrecking havoc on our area back home, members of the Wake & District Pipe Band were playing the pipes and drums at the Loch Norman Highland Games. While the games had their fair share of wind and rain, we were spared the mayhem experience in Wake & Johnston Counties where we live; thankfully none of our family, friends or co-workers were injured – though several suffered damage to their homes and property.

Band member and Wake EMS Chief Skip Kirkwood had this to say…”Proud of the terrific response by the men and women of the Wake County EMS system, as well as our allied police and fire agencies, to the storm and tornado that made its way across Wake County today. The storm produced several fatalities, several traumatic injuries, and plenty of property damage. Strong work folks! The citizens got the very best that you had to give…”.

April 16th had some wonderful band moments we would like to share which included drummer Jake Egen winning 1st Place in solo drumming competition << CONGRATS JAKE! The day also brought band Drum Major Jason Lane to his 1st highland games where he represent Wake & District with distinction << WAY TO GO JASON! The band got the very best both of you had to give. The reason is the season << that’s why the band was in Huntersville competing. After 3 very successful years in Grade 5 the band was upgraded to Grade 4 in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) and Loch Norman was the debut of the Grade 4 band and medely which was riddled with problems; truly a shakedown cruise which placed Wake & District last in the pack on the field of Grade 4. As we move onward and upward the plan is not to worry about placings -- rather worry about playing music and allowing the other to come. Thank you tall all of the family and friends of the band for their support and encouragement as we move onward in the realm of pipe|drum competition. A special note of thanks to Steve Fisher of the NCSU Pipe Band for helping with final tuning which assuaged some burden from our Pipe Major << he needed it. Richard E D'Arata from SAPC Pipe Band also lent a hand << thanks Richie! Onward and upward Bob!



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