Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Join us for OPS on Saturday February 21st

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.  

There will be a workshop during the day. Get the workshop registration form here!

The evening will begin with a performance by our Local Hero, Nathan Wahlgren. 

Nate describes his piping as "a nasty habit that he picked up in college," having been talked into taking bagpipe lessons on his first day at Virginia Military Institute in 1998. Since that fateful day, he's been unable to quit (not that he's tried very hard). He learned his piping on the east coast, with most of his instruction coming from Burt Mitchell,  Jason Barth, Lyric Todkill and Peter Kent. Nate plays a set of 1940s Hendersons that he bought from their original owner in 2006.

His band history includes four years with the Virginia Military Institute Pipes and Drums, a summer with Baltimore City Pipe Band, three years with Macdonald Pipe Band (Pennsylvania), two years with the Graham Highlanders (Vermont), three years with MacMillan Pipe Band (Maryland), and one year as playing instructor of the MacMillan-Birtles Pipe Band. In 2012 he moved west, and 2015 will be his third year with Portland Metro Pipe Band. He is a regular solo competitor in grade 1 here at OPS, and an occasional competitor at the highland games.

In 2011 Nate was bitten by the piobaireachd bug, and if he's playing by himself, there's a better than even chance that a piobaireachd can be heard. He gets together with pipers from the Corvallis and Eugene areas on a semi-regular basis to play some piobaireachd. Let him know if you'd like to join the group; all are welcome.

Outside of piping, Nate lives in Corvallis, where he works as a nuclear engineer and teaches a few piping students who are regular attendees of OPS. He also enjoys beer, board games, Rubik's cubes, and reading very large books.

We are pleased to have the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band perform!

The Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band (PMYPB) is made up of bagpipers and drummers ages 8 to 18 years from the Portland and Vancouver area.

These dedicated children and young adults attend band practice weekly, take private lessons with professional instructors, and utilize regular practice in preparation for Highland Game competitions.

The band's mission is to promote and advance the learning and performance of highland music, through youth, in Oregon and Southwest Washington. PMYPB provides a safe age appropriate environment to learn highland music. It is the intention of the PMYPB that at age 18, a PMYPB musician will become a competitive player in the adult Portland Metro Pipe Band. The youth band performs with the adult band at their annual fundraiser, Burns Supper in January.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

First OPS of 2015 was great!

Thanks so much for joining us in January! Special thanks go to our judge and featured performer Andrew Lee, local hero Will Beattie and the Portland Police Highland Guard.

Check out more photos on our Facebook page. (And LIKE us if you haven't already!)

View the January competition results.

Local Hero Will Beattie
Judge Andrew Lee

Sharing a laugh with Andrew
Portland Police Highland Guard

Jayne and Debra

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Annual Workshop is on February 21, 2015.

Join us for the Annual Piping and Drumming workshop. There will be no competition that day. Help us spread the word. Please share this information with pipers and drummers you know. 

Get the workshop registration form here!

Email or phone questions to: 
colinmackenzie1@comcast.net, 503-636-2755

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

OPS is on January 17, 2015

OPS is ringing in the new year with an evening of competition and entertainment this Saturday January 17th. 

Welcome the new year with some wonderful Scottish music! Our venue, Oddfellows Hall, is a great place to enjoy some Scottish music and visit with old and new friends. This month our soup will be split pea & ham or vegan split pea. Slainte to the new year!

"For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne." 
  - Robert Burns

Featured Performer - We are very excited to have Andrew Lee from Surrey, BC, as our judge and featured performer. 

An accomplish piper, Andrew has been piping for most of his 27 years, having started at the age of 5.  He was born into a family of pipers with his father and uncle being the founders and leaders of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Andrew has won many prizes throughout North America and Scotland along the way including the US Silver Medal, US Gold Medal and second in the Oban Silver Medal.

Andrew was a member of the Robert Malcolm Memorial juvenile pipe band for several years, finishing off as pipe major of the band before joining SFU.  He won three World Juvenile Championships with RMM and two World Championships with SFU.

Pipe Band - We welcome the Portland Police Highland Guard!

The Portland Police Highland Guard started in 1998 to honor local law enforcement, fire and public safety personnel.  Their primary mission is to provide an honorary pipe band for memorials.   

The band refocused training in 2014 under the watchful eye of Gordon Convoy.  Their membership has grown with new adult and youth members.   

In 2014 the band restructure and focused on the development of a limited selection of tunes for memorial music and are currently adding a diverse selection of musical sets challenging all members to advance their skills. A new competition medley has been composed and accompanying drum scores are being written presently. The band membership is hopeful to field competitive members in grade V and IV areas for an assortment of Pacific Northwest Highland Games for 2015.  

Last December the band was asked to play for the Oregon Pipers Society. Regrettably the band was not able to field the drum section. Pipe Major, Ken Jones has selected to deliver a mini ensemble playing an arrangement of tunes for Highland Pipes and Scottish Small Pipes.   

Piping and drumming competition begins at 4:30 pm. Entertainment begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under are Free.