Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Local Hero

Our Local Hero for October OPS is Nick Fernando.

Born in eastern Tennessee, Nick began studying the bagpipes at the age of twelve under John Shell. They have been a passion since day one! Every year, Nick attends the North American Academy of Piping, receiving excellent tutelage from Sandy Jones and Ed Neigh. He is currently studying with Colin MacKenzie in Lake Oswego, Oregon for Piobaireachd.

Throughout his piping career, Nick has played in the Grandfather Mtn. Highlanders (5 years), The Charleston Police Pipes and Drums (2 years), and most recently with The Portland Metro Pipe Band (2 years). Says Nick, "Though I consider myself primarily a non competitive player, I do enjoy the competitive scene, and am hoping to get back into formal competition soon."

Held at the OddFellows Hall in Milwaukie, competition begins at 4:30 pm and evening performance begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members. Become a member today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Pipe Band

At the October 18th Oregon Pipers Society, Oregon State Defense Force Pipe Band will be joining us. We look forward to them performing for us!



Formed after WW II by returning GI's, Oregon State Defense Force Pipe Band was originally sponsored
by the Oregon National guard. Now based in Salem, Oregon, the band has grown and serves the
community by providing entertainment through traditional Scottish music.

They offer free instruction in pipe and drum development and play at several military oriented
ceremonies each year. They are also available for parades, concerts, Celtic festivals and the solo pipers
for weddings and funerals and other events.

Held at the OddFellows Hall in Milwaukie, competition begins at 4:30 pm and evening performance begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members. Become a member today!


Friday, September 26, 2014

October Featured Performer

At the upcoming Oct. 18th OPS our Featured Performer and judge will be Patrick Downing of Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band.


At 10, Patrick started piping with the instruction of his father, Sean. Since then, he has had the privilege of studying with some of the world’s best pipers, including Andrew Wright, Jack Lee and Alan Bevan.

Patrick played with Simon Fraser University Pipe Band for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and 2015 will mark Patrick’s third season with the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band. This season, Patrick finished eighth overall in the BC Pipers Grand Aggregate standings for professional solo piping.

Some of his favorite traditional artists include Allan MacDonald, Fred Morrison and Lunasa. Outside of piping, he enjoys traveling and woodworking.

Originally from Massachusetts, Patrick relocated to Washington State, where he studied journalism and English at Western Washington University in Bellingham and is actively seeking careers in public relations and advertising.

Information about the Pipe Band and Local Hero will be coming soon.

We look forward to a fun evening with great music! Held at the OddFellows Hall in Milwaukie, our location is fully handicapped accessible and we welcome all ages. Only $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members. Become a member today!