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“WE ARE”…two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your band.  We don’t often enough think about the words we say about our bands, and yet the things we say about bands have such a massive impact on our self-esteem, self-confidence and success. The things we say about bands can either impact us negatively or, if we are smart about the things we say about one another, we have the ability to use our words in a way which can impact our organizations for the positive in significant ways.

So often we say things like “he’s terrible” or “she can’t play that” or “we’re not good enough to beat that band” etc. And so rarely do we say things like “we sounded incredible” or “we just put our best performance out there” or “we rocked it”. We are firm believers that the way we talk about band-mates and to organizations have a massive impact on who we are and how we feel. We genuinely believe that when we say positive things to band members it changes our view of our program and builds our confidence and self-esteem and gives us the courage to go out and try new things and become better.

Here is a list of “WE ARE” phrases to consider saying to your band at rehearsals, events and contests:

  • WE ARE happy
  • WE ARE capable
  • WE ARE smart
  • WE ARE open
  • WE ARE determined
  • WE ARE hardworking
  • WE ARE loved
  • WE ARE smart looking
  • WE ARE successful
  • WE ARE awesome
  • WE ARE destined for GREATNESS!

Who wouldn’t feel amazing about their bands if they looked in the mirror and said those things each time they come together? Just think how powerful you would feel as you played your pipes and drums; you would be unstoppable!

You may as well try it…after all, what could it hurt?

Hard-work, determination and miles of smiles shinned through on 23 July 2016 for the bands of Wake and District who participated at the inaugural Mike Murphy Memorial indoor pipe band competition in our home town of Raleigh.  It was a great day of piping and drumming.  Here are our results:

  • G5 – overall 2nd place
  • G4 – Medley 1st place, MSR 3rd place – overall 2nd place
  • G3 – Medley 1st place, MSR 2nd place – overall 1st place

#PipeBandLife #WeRemember





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