Jul 26, 2013

Pipers Wanted!

I recently received an email from the Music Director of the upcoming Oregon Renaissance Festival telling me that they are looking for bagpipers who might be interested in playing at it.  Take a look at their web page if you'd like to learn more about the event

The Festival runs from August 24th thru September 29th, and you can contact Mike LaBriola if you are interested in arranging to play at the Renaissance event!

Jul 24, 2013

2013 Portland Highland Games Results

Columbia Regional Pipe Band
What a great time we had at the Portland Highland Games this year!

The weather, which was forcast to be warm and sunny, started off like a typical Portland day... the sky was completely overcast, the air was chilly, and a heavy, foggy mist hung over the main field for the 1st half of the day.  Just in time for the opening ceremonies, however, the sky cleared up, the sun was shining, and a warm day held the field for the remainder of the Games!

●  See photographs from the games:  Picasa Web Album
●  See YouTube Videos (individual & band): OPSINPDX Videos

●  Many OPS members did very well at the games, and you can 
    see the full scoring results on the BCPA web site.

We hope you all enjoyed the games as much as we did!

Jul 20, 2013

Let the games begin!

Yesterday marked the start of the Portland Highland Games!

In the afternoon, they opened with a new "Pre-Games" series of  fun athletic events, and in the evening was the annual Professional Piobaireachd Competition.

Although I didn't get a chance to try out the Pre-Games this time around, I did get to attend the piobaireachd competition, and oh lord! There was some amazing playing to be heard!

If you were also one of the lucky ones that attended the competition, you won't be surprised to hear that the:

  • Winner (Piobaireachd):  Jori Chisholm (who was absolutely brilliant tonight!)
  • Winner (2/4 March): Alaister Lee
Check out our Picasa Web Album for some photos from last night's event.  I'm afraid that I too busy enjoying the music, so I didn't take as many photos as I usually do.

Be sure to join us for a full day of field and piping and drumming events at Mt. Hood Community College!  Gates open at 8:00 AM.

Put on your sunscreen, and we'll see you there!

Jul 12, 2013

Coquitlam Highland Games

Laura Devlin attended the Coquitlam Highland Games and sent in some photos, which can be viewed on our Picasa Web Album (thanks, Laura!).

A few results from the games are noted below, and full results are available on the BCPA web site.

     • Alexander MacLeod - Piper Grade 4
       2nd in 2/4 March
       2nd in Strathspey & Reel

     • Chris Cahoon - Piper Grade 2
       2nd in Piobaireachd

    • Lauren Toohey - Side Drummer Grade 4
       4th in 2/4 March1st in Jig