Oct 26, 2016

Thanks for Attending the October Gathering!

Thank you to all who attended our first gathering of the season on October 15th! The event was very successful with a great turnout despite bad weather throughout the region.

Murray Huggins

A special thanks goes to our featured piper and judge Murray Huggins! Murray delivered a great recital on a beautiful set of his own hand-crafted pipes and shared many entertaining stories with the audience.

Thanks also to Dram & Go and our Local Hero Nate Wahlgren for making the evening special.

If you weren't able to attend, you can find a great set of photos from the evening on our facebook page. Please hit 'Like' on our page while you are there!

You can also view our results on the Results Page.

Please join us for our next gathering on November 19!

Oct 19, 2016

Welcome to our two new Board Members!

Oregon Pipers Society has always been very informally organized, relying on the generous time and support of countless volunteers. This past year we had some open slots on the OPS Board of Directors.

Micah Babinski
Congratulations to our two new Board Members - Micah Babinski and Deborah Lyon! These two have been rockstar volunteers for years and we are so pleased to have them on the OPS Board. 

Micah has been involved with Oregon Pipers Society for over a decade as a competitor, judge, attendee, drone tuner, and overall fan. He has also performed at OPS gatherings as a solo piper and with his band, Dram & Go.

Micah shares OPS' dedication to fostering Scottish culture in the Portland area, especially among kids and young adults. Micah lives in Portland with his wife, Quinn.

Deb joined the Oregon Pipers Society 3 years ago, when her son joined the PMYPB as it's bass drummer.  Her daughter dances and plays the tenor drum in the youth band as well.

A former dancer and piping groupie, she grew up in a very active Scottish social community in Spokane and was thrilled to find the same kind of spirit at OPS.  She's been hooked ever since.

Deborah Lyon
Deb loves working with the competitors and judges as the OPS steward, and is honored to serve on the board.  She lives in Lake Oswego with the aforementioned twins, Will and Alex.

Our current Board of Directors is: Kevin Kelley, Colin MacKenzie, Will Beattie, Barbara Valenti, Suvi Chisholm, Micah Babinski, Deborah Lyon.

We thank our volunteers for their work and dedication to OPS! Wanna join the fun? Contact info@opspdx.org to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Oct 10, 2016

OPS 30th Season begins on October 15, 2016

Come to OPS and listen to some wonderful Scottish music. We are celebrating our 30th season! Thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey and welcome to new friends joining us for the first time!

You are welcome to watch the piping and drumming competition beginning at 4:30pm. The evening's entertainment begins at 7:30pm. There will be food and beverage available for purchase throughout the evening.  Including pizza, salad, bread, and homemade soup. Beverages include Scottish Ales, Oregon beer and wine, and soft drinks.

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!  One free admission is given with your new or renewed membership. Click here to become a member today.

Featured Performer

Murray Huggins
The featured performer of the night is Murray Huggins. A native of Ashland, Oregon, Murray has enjoyed a long piping career. He began as a boy receiving instruction from Scottish piper William Keddie. His piping style is influenced by Cameron Wylie, Seattle and Jimmy McColl, Florence, Oregon.

Murray is the proprietor of Colin Kyo bagpipes where he hand crafts every detail of the Highland bagpipe including reeds, metal forming and hand engraving. Murray also provides hand engraved metal fittings to bagpipe makers throughout the world.

Band Performance

Dram & Go
The fantastic celtic trio Dram & Go will play a set for us as well.  We are pleased to have Dram and Go back to OPS this year, and you can read more about them and check out some tunes from their 2015 album.

Founded early in 2014, Dram & Go features a fresh take on traditional Celtic music. With piper Micah Babinski (lowland pipes, smallpipes, mandolin), Rachel Bowen (fiddle), Anton Emery (guitar, flute, and banjo), and featuring Richie Rosencrans (guitar, bouzouki) of Na Rosai, Dram & Go has been busy harnessing the raw foot-stomping energy found at the intersection of Scottish piping, old-time fiddle, Irish Sessions, and bluegrass.

Local Hero

Nate Wahlgren
Corvallis resident Nate Wahlgren returns as local hero, always happy to support local piping. Being the sentimental sort, he likes to mark milestones, and next month will be celebrating the date when he will have been playing pipes for half of his life.

He learned his piping on the east coast, where he lived all of his life until moving to Oregon in 2012. He joined the Portland Metro Pipe Band shortly after arriving, and has played four seasons with them. His solo competition career began in earnest in 2004, and he moved up through the amateur ranks until he was promoted to grade 1 following the 2009 season.

Shortly afterwards he was bitten by the piobaireachd bug, and it's his favorite thing to play whenever he picks up his pipes. If you're nice to him, he might play a tune for you. If you're not nice to him, he might inflict a tune upon you.

Sep 28, 2016

Scholarship Winner - Jon Copper

Each year OPS is proud to sponsor music scholarships for pipers and drummers who have participated in OPS competitions throughout the year.  One of our scholarship winners, Jon Copper, shared with us a little bit about his piping experiences. Find out how you can qualify to win an OPS scholarship!

I wish to thank Oregon Pipers Society for this opportunity. I have found that I enjoy piping for adventure. While sailing or hiking. Most of all to support athletes of endurance events, such as Worlds Toughest Mudder. A 24 hour military style obstacle course race, where top athletes put in 90 plus miles. I pipe for 24hrs and put in 15-20 miles for these events.  
During these events I have experienced many equipment failures. Being a relatively new piper, little things are big things to me. I would like to learn how to fine tune reeds, chanters, & drones to improve the sound. Most band practices don't have enough time to dedicate to the depth which I desire.  
I'm looking for an instructor who understands piping for an extended amount of time, and in extreme weather conditions.  
Jon Copper

Sep 7, 2016

2016-2017 Competition Calendar

Download the PDF here.

Competitors may pay $5.00 at the door on the day of competition, or you may prepay for competition by mail, by sending a check and a completed Competition Registration form to:

Barbara Valenti

c/o Oregon Piper's Society
19695 SW Anderson St.
Aloha, OR  97078

Arrive by 4:00pm to sign up. Competition begins at 4:30.  Join us on these dates:

October 15, 2016
November 19, 2016
December 17, 2016
January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017 - Annual Workshop
March 25, 2017
April 22, 2017

Questions? Email Barbara, renfrewjeannie@gmail.com

Aug 18, 2016

Your participation is crucial in growing a strong piping and drumming community in Oregon. Thank you so much to all our competitors and a special thanks to all the amazing performers who joined us this past season.

Here's what you can do next:
See you at the first OPS of the season on October 15, 2016!

Aug 17, 2016

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Join Oregon Pipers Society at our monthly gatherings to support pipers and drummers, meet new friends, and enjoy an evening of great entertainment!

By way of monthly events held from October through April each year, OPS has hosted programs featuring competitions, workshops, and recitals or performances by local players, pipe bands, as well as top pipers from the region and throughout the world. OPS also strives to help young local pipers and drummers by providing annual scholarships.

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