Dec 29, 2019

Last Gathering of 2019 for Oregon Pipers Society


 It was a smaller group for the December gathering of the Oregon Pipers Society, but there were new faces and new members who were enthused to be there!  (And of course several of our regular attendees, but maybe with a little different look...)

Jori Chisholm was our judge and featured performer 

and brought his whole family! 

 And as you can see by their numbers, they doubled the size of the audience!

Nate Wahlgren and Ann Rosen

Before the evening program, there was the COMPETITION!

Ann Rosen started things off with her tenor drum exhibition accompanied by Nate Wahlgren.

Imanuel Walker competed on chanter.
Meanwhile, Will Beattie and David Wright worked the front desk.

And Will got a surprise visit from son Ethan and wife Simona.
Michael Hubbard puts in his order with bartender Dan Kelley.

Lots to choose from!
Flint Yoder tied for 2nd place with his Grade 4 Strathspey and Reel.

Shara Maikranz takes another 1st place in Grade 4.

Tim Riddle tied for 2nd in Grade 4.

Greg Rose competed with a 2/4 March in Grade 3.

Ralph Drew competed in Grade 2.

 And then there was the Grade 1 Piobaireachd!

Eric Albert
Nate Wahlgren took 1st place.
And some people sat out the piobaireachd part and caught up on their reading.

Good pizza!

Competition ended and then it was time for food and drinks!

Ralph entertained during the break with his medival German pipes.

Duncan Winters, a Grade 1 Piper at the age of 14, was the Local Hero.  
Duncan is a student of Jori Chisholm's and this was his last appearance before moving to Scotland to pursue his schooling and piping.

Duncan played a piobaireachd and then wowed the crowd with a few jigs.


 The next performers were from the 
Portland Scottish Fiddle Club led by Tricia Riley.

OPS member Alan Bonney did a great job and looks very focused!
Eila Chisholm was thrilled to introduce her son, Jori Chisholm, as the featured performer.

Proud Mother!

Jori and Duncan

Colin Chisholm, Jori, Duncan Winters, and Duncan Chisholm

It was a great time and fun was had by all who attended!  Don't forget the first gathering of 2020 on Saturday, January 18! 

And keep piping!

Dec 12, 2019

December Gathering Welcomes Old Friends and Great Music!

We welcome back Jori Chisholm as our featured performer! 

Jori Chisholm started piping in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  After competing for the first time at O.P.S., Jori has gone on to win many top solo prizes in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, including the United States Gold Medal (four times) and top prizes at Scotland’s Argyllshire Gathering, Northern Meeting, Cowal Gathering, and Royal Braemar Gathering.  Jori was a member of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band for 19 years and played with the band when they won the World Pipe Band Championships three times, including in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009.

Jori is one of the piping world’s most prolific innovators.  Jori’s patented Tone Protector humidity-stabilizing reed storage products are used by thousands of pipers around the world, including many of the top winning soloists and pipe bands.  His other products include the Bagpipe Gauge, a tool for helping pipers learn to blow strong and steady, the The Piper’s Ultimate Reed Poker, a reed adjustment tool that helps extend the life of chanter reeds, and the Piper's Advantage™ Bagpipe Phone Mount, which allows pipers to attach their smartphone to their pipes.  In addition, Jori recently launched a successful and popular metronome app for pipers and drummers called the Piper's Metronome. 

He launched his website,, in 1999 and was the first in the world to offer live video bagpipe lessons via webcam.  Jori was featured on the front page of the New York Times on their story about the growth of online music lessons. His recorded audio and video lessons have been downloaded several thousand times.  Jori started the world’s first online bagpipe competition, World Piping & Drumming Championships, which has attracted over 1800 entries from pipers and drummers in over 20 countries on six continents.

Jori has taught pipers of all ages and ability levels, including complete beginners with no prior experience, champions competing at the highest level, young children, adults with busy careers, and retirees.   Over the past 20 years, he’s developed a teaching program that combines the very best of traditional teaching methods with the latest technology to help pipers learn efficiently -- using a combination of one-on-one lessons and access to his online teaching materials.  

Jori lives in Seattle with wife, Rachel, and their two sons, Colin and Duncan.

Local Hero is Duncan Winters!

When Duncan Winters was the age of 3, he was visiting his grandparents in Kansas where he saw a relative playing bagpipes and announced that he was going to do that someday.  At the age of 8, after asking his parents thousands of times when he could start playing the bagpipes, he began learning on the chanter with his instructor Jori Chisholm.   After helping set up his first set of bagpipes, Jori got to reveal the birthday surprise at a lesson when Duncan turned 9 years old.   

Shortly thereafter, Duncan moved from Redmond, Washington, to Grand Junction, Colorado, where he continued piping via Skype lessons with Jori.  Duncan has risen rather quickly through the ranks of the B.C. Pipers grand aggregate circuit, consistently placing in the top level of each grade.  He has won numerous competitions and awards throughout the U.S. and in British Columbia.  Of his many accomplishments, Duncan is most proud of winning the week two tune writing competition at PHSD in 2018.  He was also very pleased to finish the 2019 B.C.Pipers season ranked third overall in his first year as a Grade 1 piper. 

Duncan is excited to continue his piping adventures in Scotland, where he will be a student at Dollar Academy, in Dollar, Scotland, starting January 2020.  

Featured Band is the Portland Scottish Fiddle Club.

OPS is also pleased to welcome the Portland Scottish Fiddle Club for the evening performance! The Portland Scottish Fiddle Club celebrates Scottish fiddle music and culture through monthly meetings and annual performances. Led by Tricia Riley, members explore a wealth of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and Cape Breton fiddle tunes during their monthly meetings, hosted at member homes throughout the Portland area. The Club organizes the annual Columbia-Pacific Scottish Fiddle Competition at the Portland Highland Games, open to fiddle players of all ages and skill levels, along with the occasional workshops by celtic performers visiting Portland. For more information visit  or email

Tricia Riley

Piping and drumming competition begins at 4:30pm and entertainment begins at 7:30pm.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase throughout the evening, including pizza, salad, bread, and delicious homemade soup! You can wet your palate with Scottish Ales, Oregon beer and wine, or a soft drink. 

Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under are Free One free admission is given with your new or renewed membership. Get the membership form here!

Nov 20, 2019

OPS is thankful for all who attended the November Gathering on November 16, 2019

Congratulations to the 14 competitors who got great comments from Adjudicator and Featured Performer Aaron Malcomb! Check out the results page!


Aaron performed on the Great Highland Pipes as well as the small pipes and the border pipes.

The featured band was the Eugene Highlanders under the leadership of Pipe Major Marco Caturegli.

The Local Hero was Eric Albert.
More pictures from the November Gathering and information about our performers for December will be coming soon!  You won't want to miss it!

Nov 13, 2019

Aaron Malcomb, Eric Albert and the Eugene Highlanders for November!

The Oregon Pipers Society is pleased to present

 on November 16, 2019 

Featured Performer and Adjudicator


 Aaron Malcomb originally hails from North Dakota and has lived in Bellingham, WA since 2004. Aaron played with RMM adult bands and then Gr. 2 Maple Ridge Pipe Band through its transition to the New Westminster Police Pipe Band, taking 6th place at 2009 World Pipe Band Championships and winning the North American Pipe Band Championships in 2011. Now after a hiatus from band playing he is a new member of the Portland Metro Pipe Band. Aaron also has a keen interest in traditional music, inspiring him to take up flute, whistle, and bellows pipes. 

If you've been fortunate to hear Aaron play through his association with the Celtic Arts Foundation and Skye Richendrfer, you know you're in for a treat!

Featured Band -- The Eugene Highlanders!

Begun in 1953, founding members included Hector Smith, Pipe Major from Medicine Hat, Canada, Andrew Henderson, piper from Rothsay, near Glasgow, Scotland, Hollis (Holly) Hill and Pipe Sergeant Bill Alexander Gloria Allen, Canadian trained dancer and instructor, joined band 1955. Piper Phil White became band manager.

They began as the Eugene Highlanders Police Bagpipe Band (sponsored by the Eugene Police Department) and in 1957 were appointed the official Governor's Foot Guard (Governor's Guard) by Governor Robert B. Holmes. As such they played to welcome Senator John Kennedy to Eugene in 1958 and at other ceremonial occasions on behalf of several Oregon governors.

The Highlanders took many trophies for parades and celebrations throughout the state, from Astoria to Tillamook, Salem, Albany, Sheridan, Powers, Bandon, Florence and Walport, Pendleton and Burns, even as far south as Happy Camp and Dunsmuir in California.

The Highlanders wear Mackenzie kilts in honor of Oregon's Mackenzie River.

Hector Smith remained pipe major for well over fifty years until his death in January '08, making him the longest running pipe major in North America. 

Current leadership includes PM Marco Caturegli and Pipe Sargent, David Parkhurst.

Local Hero - Eric Albert

 As a youth, Eric received an LP from his mother--Scottish Bagpipe Tunes--which included "Lament for the Children," recorded by James McColl in 1958. The LP galvanized his interest in Piobaireachd.  Despite a late start at 27 years old, he quickly took to the pipes receiving excellent tuition from Don Lindsay, Iain Donaldson, Jake Watson, James MacGillivray and Willie McCallum. Attending the graduate business program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh afforded a close piping relationship with Jimmy McIntosh and Alasdair Gillies.

Although his passion is rooted in Piobaireachd, Eric has played in numerous bands including 6 years with the Oran Mor Pipe Band under PM Donald Lindsay.  P/M of his local New York Grade 3 pipe band, Feadan Or and currently PM of the Eugene Highlanders.

Competing at the Grade 1 level, Eric plays a vintage set of 1921 Lawries, with a Shepard M2 Blackwood chanter and custom Mark Lee rocket reeds that deliver a consistant warm and balanced tone.

Eric travels frequently, specifying flight deck equipment for commercial and GA aircraft manufacturers. Married to Krysta with three grown daughters and Liam--a seven-year-old who loves the pipes but prefers the caber toss!

Come early to enjoy the competition--it starts at 4:30! 
(No drumming competition this month.)  
Stay for wonderful food and fellowship and of course,
 fabulous music from our guest performers!