Monday, November 2, 2015

See you on November 21

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!

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.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Performance

Join us for the first Oregon Pipers Society event of the season, on Saturday October 17, 2015. 

We are pleased to have some wonderful musicians perform for us. Our chef Michael Johnston will be preparing Chicken Rice Bowls, and vegetarian Tofu/Mushroom Rice Bowls, served with your choice of sauce: Teriyaki, Green Curry, Yellow Curry, Pumpkin Curry, or Red Curry. The rice bowls will be served with a side salad with choice of dressing. Bring your friends and introduce them to the Oregon Pipers Society! 

With the stand down of the Oregon Defense Force, the Oregon Defense Force Pipe Band was asked to change its name. The band eventually settled on Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums.  The band will continue under the new name and continue the proud tradition started by in 1970 by George Roe and the initial cadre of members.

Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums

The Willamette Valley Pipes & Drums is a non-profit organization with a three-fold mission:  1) to serve our community by providing entertainment through Scottish music, 2) to develop the musical abilities of our members, and 3) to enjoy the friendship that we share because of our love of pipe and drum music. They are lead by Pipe Major Steve Fowler.

Matthew Turnbull
Our Featured Performer is Matthew Turnbull. He is known to many of you as the fellow who prefers to play for the Highland Dancing rather than be on the boards. While Matt doesn't currently compete, he has had an extensive professional curriculum vitae. An accomplished soloist, he has also played with the 78th Frasers under Bill Livingstone, been a Pipe Major of several competing bands and is currently a member of the Bagad Cap Caval. Yep, that Breton Pipe Band from France that plays in the Grade One World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green.

Matt has been invited to give us some musical selections from not only our precious Great Highland Pipe tradition, but also melodies of our Breton cousins.

Our Local Hero is Marco Caturegli. From Marco, "While visiting Victoria, BC in the summer of 1991, I first heard the Great Highland Bagpipe being played by a busker on the street. Instantly I asked where I could purchase one. Following his indications I ended up at a music store and purchased a practice chanter with a "teach yourself" kit and, unfortunately, a Pakistani made bagpipe; but I was lucky enough to receive 1 Lb of true Scottish oats with the deal. Upon returning home to Mexico City I started teaching myself, dedicating 2-3 hours per day on the practice chanter. Eventually I was able to take lessons from World Class players such as Eric Rigler, Angus J. MacLellan , PM Angus MacDonald, John Angus Smith."

"In 1997 I was a founding member of the "St. Patrick's Battalion Pipe Band" (first of its kind in Mexico), to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the "heroic gesture" of Irish and Scottish soldiers which joined the Mexican army in the US-Mexico War of 1847. Pipping became my profession and together with the band, traveled throughout Mexico and Central America playing for whiskey distiller events, political events in the presence of presidents and ambassadors, and celebrities."

"When I moved to WA state in 2000, my bagpiping reached a new level. Thanks to the tutelage and expertise of Jori Chisholm, I won many awards in competitions and was promoted to Grade 1 in 2003 by the Washington and British Columbia Pipers Associations. Putting competitions aside, I focused my efforts on completing a graduate degree in Acupuncture at Bastyr University and creating a family. We now live in Creswell, OR where I provide Acupuncture services, teach bagpipe lessons and play for private engagements. I also play with the Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band."

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

McKenzie Highland Games

There is a new Highland Games in Eugene! It's call the McKenzie Highland Games. Sounds like it will be a fun time! 

Be sure to check out the Piobaireachd recital and whiskey tasting on Friday Oct. 2. Get all the details on their website.