Oct 28, 2012

October 2012 OPS Meeting

Saturday, October 20th was the first meeting of our 2012 - 2013 OPS season, and it was a great night of competition and entertainment!

Many new people showed up for competition and we had so many competitors that our piping judge, Alastair Lee, made the call to stay through half of his dinner hour  in order to hear all the competitors. (Thanks Alastair!)

In addition to two Grade 4 drummers, we had pipers in all Grades 5 through 1 and one chanter competitor.

Jeremy Volz was our Local Hero performer and did a wonderful job! 

Oregon State Defense Force Pipe Band was our featured band for the evening, and they played to the enthusiastic applause of the audience!

Glenn Wright was our drumming judge and we appreciated his coming out and giving our drumming competitors some invaluable feedback.  Thanks Glenn!

Alastair Lee was our piping judge and featured performer.  We appreciate him making time in his busy schedule to adjudicate our competition!  He's an amazing piper and his playing was a treat for all of us.

Follow the links below to look at all the pictures in our Picasa photo album and to view all the performance videos on our YouTube channel OPSINPDX Videos.

Thanks everyone for coming out!

Our next competition is November 17th.  See you all there!


Oct 8, 2012

Columbia Regional Pipe Band Cèilidh

by Matt Bleigh-Cory

The potluck cèilidh hosted by the Columbia Regional Pipe Band was held Saturday night at the Oregon City VFW, just up the street from the Highland Stillhouse.

Attended by the pipers, drummers and families of many different pipe bands, this community-minded event had as its purpose - well, community!

Jason and Amy Teece organized the potluck to provide an opportunity for pipers and drummers of different bands to meet and get to know each other outside of the competitive arena and to have a chance to build a sense of camaraderie.

Those attending the ceilidh were encouraged to bring pipes and drums to take center stage and play if so inclined, and a number of party-goers did just that! Pipers and instructors from the Sir James McDonald Youth Pipe Band, the Portland Police Highland Guard, the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band, the Columbia Regional Pipe Band, the Clan MacLeay Pipes & Drums band, and Kells Irish Pipes & Drums band took turns playing lively, often finger-flying, toe-tapping tunes for their very appreciative audience.

Food that folks brought to share was laid on a buffet style table where drinks & picnic-ware were provided. Seating was arranged around long banquet tables decorated in centerpieces of clustered, frosted cupcakes (made by Amy Teece - they were yummy!), and fall-colored leaves. Children had fun playing with toys or running around the hall together while adults got a chance to chat in groups at table or standing in knots around the hall and pub room.

Toward the end of the evening, pipers and drummers young and old formed a circle and played numerous tunes - Green Hills of Tyrol, Highland Laddie, Scotland the Brave, and Amazing Grace to name a few.

Jason thanked everyone for coming and expressed the hope that the cèilidh was the first of what he would like to become an annual event.

To search for a specific video from the cèilidh to view, click on the PLAYLIST button at the bottom right of the embedded YouTube picture below, or you can just click on the picture to view ALL the videos from the cèilidh.

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