Oct 2, 2019

First Gathering of Oregon Pipers Society will be on October 19th!

Join your friends at Oregon Pipers Society for a wonderful show by Barry Shears!

Barry Shears is a native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He has been playing the bagpipe for over 50 years, and at an early age began collecting and composing music for the Highland bagpipe. He is an acknowledged expert on the history of traditional piping in Nova Scotia and its intrinsic connection to the Gaelic language, music and culture of the province. Barry is an award-winning musician and has performed at festivals and concerts throughout North America and Europe. Barry was appointed to the judges panel of the Nova Scotia Pipers and Pipe Band Association (later The Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association) at age 19 and adjudicated pipe bands and solo piping for over 40 years. Barry was awarded the  Pipe Major’s certificate with the Canadian army reserve in 1980 and won the Champion Supreme award for professional piping in Nova Scotia 6 times before he retired from competion in 1986. He has published 6 books of bagpipe music and history,  the most recent being a large two volume collecton of Highland music and culture from Nova Scotia. Barry has performed or appeared in two movies (Margaret’s Museum  and Baby), and appeared on several recordings of traditional music. Highlights of his musical career include a short tour with Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron(1981), and a  Live to Air broadcast of Cape Breton music for Radio France  (1990) with fellow musicians Jerry Holland, Dave MacIsaac and John Morris Rankin. Barry plays both Highland bagpipes and Scottish smallpipes.  Barry retired to the west coast a few years ago and now spends much of his spare time lecturing, playing and teaching the unique piping styles of Cape Breton.

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Aug 22, 2019

Welcome Back to Oregon Pipers Society for the 2019-2020 Season!

The dates are set - click HERE for the competition schedule. 

Always wanted to volunteer at OPS but didn't want to miss out on the entertainment and performers?

Consider helping Michael Johnston in the kitchen

 or serving at the bar!  

Contact Michael for more information 


And while we're waiting to hear who will be our first performer of the season, here are a few pictures from this summer's Portland Highland Games!

Portland Metro wins Grade 2!
Clan Macleay competing

Nate Wahlgren - Piper of the Opening Ceremonies
Drum Major Competition - Dan Kelley getting checked out!

Grade 5 Winners Portland Metro Youth Band

One of our favorite judges and teachers - Colin Gemmell

And check out who won 

Congratulations, Denny Weber! 

               Stay "tuned" for more information!

May 3, 2019

Last OPS Gathering a Big Success!

Another season of OPS has ended!  

Good luck at the Summer Highland Games
and see you in October!

Big thank you to Mark Tomasetti for all he does
 to promote piping in the Portland area!
Thanks to Colin MacKenzie for
his support and encouragement for
the continuing education of pipers!

Thank you to all the volunteers, competitors, judges, donors, dancers, parents, grandparents, spouses, children and friends and members who made it all possible!

Even Spiderwoman appreciates a good tune on the pipes!

Shara Maikranz gets help tuning from Nate Wahlgren

Susie Paul came down from Tumwater, Washington to
compete in the Adult class with her Piobaireachd
and took 3rd place
Adjudicator Colin Gemmell enjoyed getting out in the sun!
Dixie Mize competed against husband Art in the Adult Class

The family that plays together stays together!
Art Mize received a 1st place for his
Piobaireachd in the Adult Class

Barry Kirk from Clan Gordon Pipe Band                   
competed in the Adult Class and received 2nd place

Kenneth Aitken performs a 6/8 March and gets 3rd place
in Grade 5
Joonas Martin waits for his turn in Grade 5
then wins one of the Portland Highland Games Association's
scholarships to continue his piping education!

Mylinda Humble, Michael Hubbard and
 Grade 4 Aggregate Jayne Ferlitsch
Mylinda Humble plays 6/8 March Jean Mauchline
and takes 2nd place in Grade 5
Shara Maikranz and Steward Deb Lyon share a laugh while James Naismith and Dave Keachie from Clan Gordon Pipe Band watch the Grade 5 competitors

Shara received BOTH the Adult Aggregate AND the Grade 5 Aggregate Awards for this season!
Steve Fowler gets 2nd place with his Strathspey
and Reel in Grade 4

Dan Dorsett received the other Portland Highland Games Association's scholarship

Denny Weber is all smiles - could it be because
she won the Adult Aggregate at the BC Indoor?

Strathspeys and Reels are fun to play
 when your hands and nose are cold!

We are so proud of you, Denny!

Rick Campbell took the Aggregate in Grade 3 because
he competes up a level in Piobaireachd.

Jennifer Campbell enjoys husband Rick's 1st Place
 performance in Grade 4 while awaiting
her Grade 3 turn with a 2/4 March.

Richard Stewart came over from Bend
 to compete in Grade 4
Robert J. Johnston plays a set of Colin Kyo Pipes
and drove up from Medford to compete.

Nate Wahlgren performs a beautiful Piobaireachd
on a beautiful Portland afternoon

Flint Yoder - Grade 4

PMYPB (Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band) Drum Corps warms up outside
Trejyn Tomasetti shows what she knows

Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band performs for an appreciative crowd
Truin Tomasetti

Joonas Martin, Drummer Jackson, Ken Wilson

Ralph Drew was the Local Hero and won the OPS Scholarship

Colin Gemmell is always a favorite performer 
because he tells the best stories!

Congratulations to the 
Aggregate and Scholarship winners!
  It was a great year!

Apr 13, 2019

Last meeting of the 2018-2019 season

Please join us for the last meeting of the
 2018-2019 season on Saturday, April 27th.
Our adjudicator and featured performer is Colin Gemmell.

Originally from Connecticut, Colin began piping at the age of 12.  For several years he lived in Portland and was the Pipe Major of the Columbia River Pipe Band.  He was also a piper with the Grade 1 City of Victoria Pipe Band during the height of its success in international competition.

Colin lived for a number of years in eastern Washington, including Spokane, where he was Pipe Major of the Angus Scott Pipe Band.  He also played for several years with Seattle's Elliott Bay Pipe Band.

Colin is a respected player and instructor, and is particularly esteemed for his knowledge of piobaireachd.  He is a four-time winner of the Bratach nam Beann ("Banner of the Mountains"), the premier professional contest of the North American Piobaireachd Society.  Colin is an active member of the adjudicators' panel of the British Columbia Pipers' Association.

"Colin has perhaps not received the credit he deserves for all of the teaching he’s done over the years to players of all levels and abilities.  Aside from just being a great guy, Colin has quietly and positively encouraged scores of pipers along the way. " - Skye Richendrfer 

Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band

 is the featured band.

Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band supports the advancement of Highland music through its instructional program, performances and community events. The program provides opportunities for musical growth, leadership, lifelong friendships and fun! All member/students are between the ages of 8-18.

Local hero is Ralph Drew.

Ralph Drew has been playing the bagpipes since he was 12 years old and has been both a solo and band competitor as well as performing for many functions including two seasons as the resident bagpiper playing at the Oregon Renaissance festival of Hillsboro with his band Drachen. He plays both Highland bagpipes as well as medieval bagpipes that utilize german recorder fingering. He has been instructed mainly by Dave Bueerman, Jason Teece, Colin Mackenzie and Kevin McClean . As a youth he was a founding member of the Oregon Pipers Society Junior Pipe Band under the instruction of Jeff and Robbie Brewer, He has also been at various times a member of the Clan Macleay Pipe Band and the River City Pipe Band. He has been an active competitor at the OPS since he was on the practice chanter over the years  and views the great performances he enjoyed, the opportunities to perform and the scholarships he has been awarded there as having an instrumental impact on his piping in the most positive of ways. He views it as an honor to perform in front of the many people who gravitate to the OPS for the love of bagpipes and hopes you will enjoy his performance. 

Competition starts at 4:30pm.

Scholarships and Aggregate Awards will be handed out during the evening program.  If you haven't applied for a scholarship, the deadline is April 21st!  You must have competed at least 2 times (April counts) and be a paid member of OPS.  

Go to the Scholarships page for more information.

Food provided by our local Piping Hot Chef, 

Michael Johnston.