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Be Better.

On Monday, January 3, 2022 the members of Wake and District gathered virtually as we held our annual general meeting -- looking back at memorable moments from 2021 while moving our mission forward into 2022. Almost 50 members were in attendance. A summary of the band board's presentation can be seen below.

Elections were held for open positions including Secretary, and Member At Large. The position of Secretary was unopposed, while the position of Member At Large had two candidates -- John Kilduff and Michal Iannuzzi. The position of secretary will remain with Caren Smith, while the new member at large will be Michael Iannuzzi. The board is rounded out with Joe Brady as band manager, Lindsey Kosydar as assistant band manager, and John Schodtler as treasurer.

 

A 2021 retrospect was reviewed from the perspective of John Schodtler; give it a read here. What came next? We began to work hard and have fun again. We needed to deemphasize the pandemic and focus on the music, one another, and our mission. If we stay ready – we don’t have to get ready.


There is a standard of being ready, As a band, we hold each other accountable to who we said we want to be. It’s not an abrasive conversation, because we truly want what's best for the band. The standard is high, but so is the example and support to reach it.

 

Some 2021 highlights included:

  • We’re still here after 15 years

  • Awesome LOVE IS and #BandReady shirts designed by Cameron Brown

  • Retirement of Colonel McNeill of the NCSHP

  • A few St. Patrick’s Day gigs

  • A few Covid related funerals

  • JoCo Flags for Heroes

  • An awesome Independence Day parade and party

  • New kilt pins, cufflinks, and tie bars

  • Practices in the park

  • Finally getting all of our British Co. drums…

  • Police, Fire, and Campbell Graduations

  • Chanters, and bag covers, and cords, oh my!

  • Hockey and Baseball jerseys!!!

  • New kilt pins, cufflinks, and tie bars

  • Fresh new rolling pipe-cases for a few

  • Online Quartet contest

  • Online band contest

  • The loss of Jimmy McIntosh

  • In search of tone…

  • All 3 bands at ScoCo

  • All things Olde Raleigh Distillery

  • Kilt Run and KILT NIGHT!!!

  • Dining Out

  • Jake and Chelsea (re)married!

  • Fisher and Madison married!

  • Ian Wilkinson born into the world

  • USMC Memorial and 82nd Airborne Dining Out

  • pa-rum-pum-pum…

There were some misses as well...

  • No new trailer, tents, or chairs.

  • No Celtic Cultural Center.

  • Family of Bands won’t work for us…

  • Some members disappeared.

 

Our members of the year were announced in November and included:

  • Piper of the year, Brent Hale

  • Drummer of the year, Keaghan Smith

  • Band member of the year, Our G4 Band


For the first time in the band's 15 year history we named an honorary member -- Captian Tramp Dunn, Raleigh FD (ret). Thank you for standing with us these past 15 years Tramp, we love you.

 

Finances were reviewed. The band recognized $23,177.75 in revenue (still a $17,000 pre-Covid deficit). Here are how funds were invested back into the band: