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Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle of the Throne has begun.   It will stretch from the south, where heat burdens reeds, tempos and attitudes; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of kudzu protects the field from the dark forces which lie beyond (Canadians). Pipers and Drummers, knights and renegades, liars, lords and larpers…all will play the Game of  Thrones.

The new competition season for the G5, G4 and G3 members of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums begins in Loch Norman on Saturday, 18 April 2015.  #FoF  #TakeTheThrone

Here is some info on Wake and District and what motivates us…

Hard work. Members of Wake and District preach a lot about hard work. Always posting about it and writing about. A lot of people work hard. But they don’t get where they want to go. We fall into the trap of sometimes life isn’t fair – and the reality hard work won’t turn us into the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Since we stepped onto the EUSPBA competition field for the first time at Loch Norman in 2008 — we’ve realized we have two options: work hard – systematically go after the things you want – or – complain and hope things change. We all realize “hope” is a really bad plan. So, don’t confuse success with winning. Set the tone for success. Help your band go after things you want and push no matter the circumstances.

Hard work is the currency of success — HARD WORK IS never-ending. The harder we have to work, the greater the stakes, and the scarier it all becomes; exciting, but scary. Don’t get caught up in “we’re only as good as our last run” or “we won”.

We need to work hard to continue to deliver. The second you’re not hungry or hustling – you don’t matter. Play or do not play. Hard work keeps us good, it is our competitive advantage. We rehearse to be the best – we hustle, we work. We don’t walk in with instant success. Have goals and keep the mission on the horizon — the advantage is to never lose this mindset.

Systematically cut-away and move forward with the understanding expectations are not always met. When goals are not met we have two additional choices:

  • Systematically, aggressively, go after your goal through hard work and hustle.
  • Blame the judges, other bands, players in your band, the weather, the rules, your gear, the other band’s honey badger and it’s feisty attitude, whatever.
  • There are no “secrets” to success. Success is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.







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