You may have heard the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums is working in partnership with the Mike Murphy Memorial Foundation holding its inaugural indoor bagpipe and drum band competition and concert on Saturday, 23 July 2016 at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is a first of its kind in the Eastern United States and will attract more than 1,000 guests and participants throughout the community — and 1,000’s more globally live online.
So who is Mike Murphy and why is there a new bagpipe and drum band competition in Raleigh-NC-USA named after him? Let us tell you a little bit about him (from Martina Murphy, Mike’s mom):
My son, Mike Murphy was born in Virginia on 27 July 1979 playing the drums. His elbows were literally stuck out in the “sticks ready” position. He marched in high school band and was part of a state champion indoor drum line. Then he went to the Citadel and met Sandy Jones who changed his life. Sandy introduced Mike to Scottish Pipe Band music and he never looked back. He taught his fellow cadets how to read drum music and was always looking for a way to develop leadership in the drum corps. He stepped down as drum sergeant to allow an underclassman lead the corps because Mike saw his potential.
In December 2008, Mike was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of lung cancer. Throughout his fight Mike continued to teach pipe band drumming. He died of cancer on 11 February 2010 and left a giant hole in the eastern Scottish Pipe Band community.
Mike always looked out for the welfare of other cadets. This special trait of his is one of the reasons he was such an outstanding leader. His love of drumming was a motivating factor which allowed him to put his impressive work ethic to creative use for the projects he participated in during his all-too-brief time on the scene.
Wake and District’s mission is to provide a distinguishing tribute for our fallen comrades and to be in service to the families of public safety employees of the Raleigh region and across North Carolina. We desire to strengthen relations between the protective services and the public while preserving cultural heritage and enriching our community by providing the highest tradition of Bagpipe and Drum music. In memory of Mike Murphy, Wake and District is organizing this indoor bagpipe and drum competition; to be remembered is to live on.
Won’t you support this endeavor by taking an ad or greeting in the program book which will be distributed throughout the event? If you are interested in having your organization support the benefit—and we hope you are—please review the order form enclosed. #WeRemember
Wake and District is a federally registered 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible.
NC nonprofit identification number 0861654 Department of Revenue 501c3 EIN 20-5483320.
Thanks for your consideration.
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