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Contact:  Jason Lane
For Immediate Release
Telephone:  919.291.1167
Email:  drummajor@forourfallen.org

The Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums is seeking new members from the public safety community (law enforcement, fire, ems) to become a part of our band as new bagpipers.  A new class is being planned for the fall of 2014 and we want to know if you are interested.

The Wake and District Public Safety Pipe Band is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to improve piping and drumming quality, culture and tradition in the region.  Established in 2006, our program honors those who sacrifice their lives while serving others;FOR OUR FALLEN is everything we stand for.

The tradition of bagpipes played at police department and fire department events in the United States goes back over one hundred fifty years; the music breaths a sense of passion, pride and tradition to all those who hear it.   Since 2006 the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums have provided the skirl of the bagpipes and beat of the drums at numerous events for public safety agencies throughout the region.  We have had the honor to play at memorial services and the privilege to play at graduations, promotions and inaugurations. 

Group rehearsals are held once a week and all practice materials are provided.  We do not charge dues or association fees.  You will need to purchase a practice chanter which will be your teaching instrument for almost a year before you purchase bagpipes; information on practice chanters and bagpipes will be discussed at an orientation meeting.  All instruction is free of charge.  You will be taught and expected to read sheet music.

WARNING:  Becoming a bagpiper is not a hobby or something you do on the side.  Like you, we are professionals and take the tradition of highland piping very seriously.  If you do it right – the pipes will weave themselves into the fabric of your life.  This is not easy.  There are more than 9 notes.  Grab on with both hands.  If you’re going to do it, do it right.  

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 For more information about this topic, please contact Lt. Jason Lane, Raleigh Fire Department @ 919.291.1167 or sending an e-mail to drummajor@forourfallen.org.

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