Join us on November 21th for the second OPS meeting of the season. Entertainment begins at 7:30pm. There will be food and beverage available for purchase throughout the evening. Join us for an evening Scottish fun!
The evening will begin with a performance by our Local Hero, Matt Rucker playing the small pipes.
Matt has been playing Bagpipes since 2006. He first became interested in listening to Bagpipe music because his mother commented several times that she hated the instrument and he wanted to know what all the fuss was about. After that, Matt started learning to play under the direction of Tim Birr, Travis Dutton, and later Mark Tomasetti. He has played in the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and the Portland Metro Pipe Band, traveling twice to Scotland to compete with the latter. He has also played in solo competitions, playing for several years in Grade 1.
Currently, Matt is taking a break from competition and pipe bands to focus on his school studies. He is studying communications at Marylhurst University. When he is not studying or playing music, Matt enjoys reading, playing videogames, and hiking around the Pacific North-west. Although he doesn't have as much time to play as he would like, Matt still keeps in practice, mostly playing a set of Fred Morrison smallpipes. Luckily, his mother has developed an ear for the pipes and quite enjoys listening to them now.
We are looking forward to the Columbia Regional Pipe Band perfoming for us!
The Columbia Regional Pipe Band is made up of pipers and drummers from all over the Pacific Northwest: members are currently from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The band was formed in 2011 by members of the Desert Thistle Pipe Band from Kennewick, Washington, and a number of pipers from Portland, Oregon; the band played its first competition at the 2011 Spokane Highland Games. The band competed at Highland Games throughout the Northwest during the 2015 summer competition season and then traveled to Glasgow, Scotland in August to compete at the World Pipe Band Competition.
The band wears the Ancient Ramsay Blue tartan and is led by Pipe Major Judy Morrison and Drum Sergeant Jamie Stewart.
Our Featured Performer for the evening is bagpiper Brittany Otto.
Brittney started piping under the instruction of Ian Macdougall in 1999 and has studied with Jack Lee, Alan Bevan, Hal Senyk, and Bruce Gandy. She began playing in bands with The Fraser Valley Youth Pipe Band. Since then she has played with Chilliwack & District, Maple Ridge/New Westminster Police, 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel), and SFU.
Brittney is currently a member of Dowco Triumph Street and is one of the top 5 professional pipers for the BCPA 2014/2015 season. OPS is thrilled to have her perform for us!