Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band

There will be a brief selection of tunes performed by members of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band at OPS this Saturday, November 15th.

These young pipers and drummers are preparing for the band's first trip to Scotland in August of 2015, at the World Pipe Band Championships. To make a donation and help give these kids the experience of a lifetime visit their website, PortlandMetroYouthPipeBand.org.

Held at the OddFellows Hall in downtown Milwaukie, our monthly event welcomes all ages. Only $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under get in free! Become a member today.


Monday, November 10, 2014

November Local Hero

Our Local Hero for November OPS is Patrick Case of Portland, Oregon.

Pat Case started piping at the age of 10 under Dave Beerman, former P/M of the Clan MacLeay Pipe Band, then taking from Jeff and Robbie Brewer after joining the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band. He was Pipe Major of the band from 2001 - 2004, winning fifth place in the 2003 World Pipe Band Championships Juvenile category.

Pat is a founding member of the Portland Metro Pipe Band and continues to play with them as Pipe Sergeant. He teaches piping for members of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band. He is a current Grade I solo competitive piper with goals to become professional in the next few years. In his spare time, Pat races bicycles and likes to spend time with his wife Felicity and their dog.

Held at the OddFellows Hall in Milwaukie, the OPS competition begins at 4:30 pm and evening performance begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members.

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 15th OPS Featured Performer

Join us on November 15th for the second OPS meeting of the season. Our featured performer of the night will be Brian McKenzie.

Brian was brought up in the Highlands of Scotland and has been playing the pipes for 25 years.

He was primarily taught by P/M Andy Venters while he was in school. P/M Andy Venters was the Pipe Major of the Queens Own Highlanders from 1975-1982 and served 22 years in the military before teaching in the schools on the Black Isle (where Brian lived) until he retired. Other influences on his playing are the late P/M Alasdair Gillies and P/M Michael Gray (1st Battalion, The Highlanders).

Brian played in the Black Isle Junior Pipe band while in High School and then after attending Glasgow University he got a 3 month attachment to the regiment 1st Battalion, The Highlanders. This enabled him to play on their North American tour in 2003 where they did 50 shows in 65 days all over the United States…an amazing experience! Brian continued to play with the band in competition the following season in Grade 2. Currently, Brian is a member of the Portland Metro Pipe Band and graded Professional in the BCPA.

Some of his solo competition highlights include - 1st Silver Medal at Winter Storm Kansas City; 3rd - Dunvegan Medal – Skype (this past summer); Numerous placing in the 'B' grade light music events at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban. Brian travels back most years to compete in the solos at Oban and Inverness.

Brian currently works in IT and lives in Seattle. Learn more about Brian at BagpiperInSeattle.com.

Held at the OddFellows Hall in downtown Milwaukie, our monthly event welcomes all ages. Only $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under get in free! Become a member today.