The Wake and District Pipe Band is thrilled to announce the appointment of Paul Landers as the new Pipe Major of its grade four competitive pipe band. Paul joins Lead-Drummer Fisher Reese and a dependable and constant pipe section and drum corps capable of weathering any storm, following a silent season in 2022.
Paul's background in pipe bands goes back twelve years when he started playing bagpipes under the tuition of the Northern Colorado Caledonia Pipe Band (formerly the Fort Collins Pipe Band) under the instruction of Dennis Wilson. Rising through the ranks as a solo piper into the upper grade 3 level, he enjoyed playing alongside Scottish Power, Scots Guards, and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the Estes Park International Tattoo.
He took over as Pipe Major of the Northern Colorado Caledonia Pipe Band for a season before relocating to North Carolina, where he joined Wake and District. Paul quickly became a cornerstone of the band; teaching, tuning, and playing in the big band, our grade five band, and most recently with our grade three competitive band.
On taking in this new role, Paul related -- "I'm excited to join this great group of enthusiastic musicians, returning in strength from the lockdown years. I'm very confident about the quality performances we will produce in coming year."
Wake and District's grade four Lead Tipper Fishsr Reese stated -- "I’m excited to work with Paul. I believe that his pipe major experience in Colorado, and his high level playing experience in wake's G3 will translate to being a great leader for our G4."
Paul fills this role from Dalton Marshall, who is navigating new life obligations. The band realted -- "We're grateful for all of Dalton's dedication and work with our grade four, and we welcome this change with open arms -- and look forward to getting going under the cumulative guidence of Paul and Fisher.”
Formed in 2006, Wake and District's mission is to provide a distinguished tribute for our fallen comrades – and to be of service to the family, friends and co-workers of public safety employees of Raleigh, Wake County and all those who serve and protect in the State of North Carolina.
Competition keeps us "band ready".