Dec 16, 2014

OPS Presents! - Whisky Tasting Experience

Whisky Tasting presented by Dr. Mick Secor of The Highland Stillhouse, one of Northwest’s premier experts on whisky. Expand your knowledge and appreciation of single malt whisky, as Mick leads you through the various whisky regions of Scotland, including historical tales and stories and piping music to accompany the tastings.

Tasting and presentation starts at the beginning of the evening, and continues through the entertainment program.
  • Ticket is $25
  • 5 single malt whiskies from Scotland
  • Evening program begins at 7:30, tasting will begin at 7:45.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot please email: eilachisholm@comcast.net or call Eila at 503.705.4761.  You may pay upon arrival (cash or check) and must be 21 years or older.

Dec 15, 2014

Get your 2015 OPS Calendar

Need a gift for a piper or drummer? The OPS 2015 Calendar makes a wonderful gift! The calendar has all the important dates for 2015 already marked (competitions, Highland games, etc).


They are only $15 each. You can get your calendar at the December 20th OPS event or email Business Manager, Laura at devlinla@hotmail.com.

Dec 11, 2014

Big News!

OPS now has federal nonprofit organization status!

Oregon Pipers Society has been granted federal nonprofit (public charity) status and all donations to OPS are now deductible on your state and federal income taxes.  You can look us up on the IRS website, our tax ID number is 35-2482281.

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If you make a donation to OPS in 2014 you can deduct it on your tax return!

What does this mean for you as an OPS member or donor?  It means that your gift to OPS can have a significant positive impact on the amount of income tax you pay. You can sponsor a performance event, give a named scholarship, or remember a loved one with a memorial gift.

Ready to send OPS an end of the year gift? Email the OPS Business manager Laura Devlin (devlinla@hotmail.com) for details on how to donate.

It is with your ongoing support that we have been able to achieve this milestone in our organization. Thank you!

Dec 1, 2014

December OPS Performers

Celebrate the holiday season with us for the last OPS of 2014, on Saturday December 20th!

Our featured performer and judge for the evening is Micah Babinski. Micah began his piping career at age nine in Oakland, California where he started under the instruction of Bay Area piper and drummer Liza MacAdam. Micah moved to Washington State with his family in 1998, where he continued on the pipes under the instruction of Laurie MacKenzie, and later Jori Chisholm, with whom he took lessons for many years.

In 2006 Micah was invited to compete in the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational competition in Albany, NY where he placed third overall. Two months later, Micah won the overall aggregate award at the George Sherriff invitation in Ontario. Since then he has competed at the professional solo level.

Micah has played in two world champion pipe band circles: in 2003, with the grade 3b Prince Charles Pipe Band, and in 2006 with the grade 2 champion Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band. He has also been a member of three Grade 1 Pipe Bands: Prince Charles of San Francisco, Simon Fraser University, and Dowco Triumph Street.

Micah moved to Portland in 2011 where he teaches bagpipe lessons and works on the Geographic Information Systems team with the City of Portland. In addition to piping, Micah enjoys listening to piping, hiking, savoring Portland’s wonderful selection of food and drink, and playing the mandolin. Micah’s band, Dram and Go, is an up-and-coming group in the regional Celtic music scene, performing frequently at pubs and festivals in the area.


We are pleased to have the musical group Dram and Go perform for us. Founded earlier this year, Dram & Go features a fresh take on traditional Celtic music. With piper Micah Babinski (lowland pipes, smallpipes, mandolin), Rachel Bowen (fiddle), Avery LeVine (guitar, bouzouki, vocals, Irish flute, whistles) and Mike Treadwell (bodhrán),

Dram & Go has been busy exploring the intersection of Scottish piping, old-time fiddle, Irish ceili, bluegrass, and rock. The band was very pleased for the opportunity to perform at the Portland Highland Games, and is looking forward to performing at more festivals and pubs in the future. Composed of veteran musicians and with a forward-facing repertoire, Dram & Go is poised to take Northwest audiences on a musical journey that they won’t soon forget.

Visit StumpTownPiper.com to learn more.

Our local hero is Eric Albert of Eugene, OR. Although steeped in Scottish culture in his youth, Eric’s musical background began with classical violin and later, set drums. Lament for the Children, played by James McColl on an LP he received from his mother would inspire him to take up the pipes.

Despite a late start, beginning at 27 years old, he quickly took to the pipes and received excellent tuition from Don Lindsay, Iain Donaldson, Jake Watson, James MacGillivray and Willie McCallum. While attending the graduate business program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he studied with Jimmy McIntosh and Alasdair Gillies. Lately, Eric has been fortunate to work occasionally with the inspiration of his youth, James McColl in Florence, OR.

Although his passion is rooted in Piobaireachd, Eric has played in numerous bands including 6 years with the Oran Mor Pipe Band under PM Donald Lindsay. After that he became the P/M of his local New York Grade 3 pipe band, Feadan Or. Eric Plays a set of 1921 Lawries, with a Mc2c Gold Blackwood chanter. The drone reeds are custom Mark Lee rocket reeds.

Since retiring from a career as CEO of a New York manufactuing firm, Eric operates a business and finance consultancy and also teaches bagpiping at the Shedd Institute in Eugene, OR. Eric is married to Krysta and has three daughters Heather, Brenna and Hannah and a 3 year old son, Liam who already expresses a keen interest in pipes!

Piping competition begins at 4:30pm and entertainment begins at 7:30pm.  There will be food and beverage available for purchase throughout the evening.  December soups will be Roast Duck Gumbo and Tomato Vegetable. Yum!

Nov 24, 2014

New beer, OPS calendar, and November photos

November OPS was a lot of fun. A special thank you to Grain Station Brew Works for providing us with a tasty scotch ale! It was a big hit.

The OPS 2015 calendar was debuted as well as the new OPS banner. Didn't get your calendar? Not to worry - get your 2015 calendar at the December 20th OPS event. Only $15.

The October and November competition results have been posted. See OPS results here.

Get your 2015 OPS calendar!
Delicious dinner and scotch ale
First time competitor Joonas on the chanter

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Nov 13, 2014

November Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band

There will be a brief selection of tunes performed by members of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band at OPS this Saturday, November 15th.

These young pipers and drummers are preparing for the band's first trip to Scotland in August of 2015, at the World Pipe Band Championships. To make a donation and help give these kids the experience of a lifetime visit their website, PortlandMetroYouthPipeBand.org.

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.


Nov 10, 2014

November Local Hero

Our Local Hero for November OPS is Patrick Case of Portland, Oregon.

Pat Case started piping at the age of 10 under Dave Beerman, former P/M of the Clan MacLeay Pipe Band, then taking from Jeff and Robbie Brewer after joining the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band. He was Pipe Major of the band from 2001 - 2004, winning fifth place in the 2003 World Pipe Band Championships Juvenile category.

Pat is a founding member of the Portland Metro Pipe Band and continues to play with them as Pipe Sergeant. He teaches piping for members of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band. He is a current Grade I solo competitive piper with goals to become professional in the next few years. In his spare time, Pat races bicycles and likes to spend time with his wife Felicity and their dog.

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

Nov 7, 2014

November 15th OPS Featured Performer

Join us on November 15th for the second OPS meeting of the season. Our featured performer of the night will be Brian McKenzie.

Brian was brought up in the Highlands of Scotland and has been playing the pipes for 25 years.

He was primarily taught by P/M Andy Venters while he was in school. P/M Andy Venters was the Pipe Major of the Queens Own Highlanders from 1975-1982 and served 22 years in the military before teaching in the schools on the Black Isle (where Brian lived) until he retired. Other influences on his playing are the late P/M Alasdair Gillies and P/M Michael Gray (1st Battalion, The Highlanders).

Brian played in the Black Isle Junior Pipe band while in High School and then after attending Glasgow University he got a 3 month attachment to the regiment 1st Battalion, The Highlanders. This enabled him to play on their North American tour in 2003 where they did 50 shows in 65 days all over the United States…an amazing experience! Brian continued to play with the band in competition the following season in Grade 2. Currently, Brian is a member of the Portland Metro Pipe Band and graded Professional in the BCPA.

Some of his solo competition highlights include - 1st Silver Medal at Winter Storm Kansas City; 3rd - Dunvegan Medal – Skype (this past summer); Numerous placing in the 'B' grade light music events at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban. Brian travels back most years to compete in the solos at Oban and Inverness.

Brian currently works in IT and lives in Seattle. Learn more about Brian at BagpiperInSeattle.com.

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.


Oct 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!

Oct 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!


Sep 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!



Sep 23, 2014

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who attended the Membership Annual Meeting this past weekend. We look forward to a great season and appreciate all the hard work by our members to keep this organization running smoothly.

There are still some volunteer opportunities available! Volunteers can help set-up the hall, assist with the front desk check-in, food and drink serving, and clean-up the hall at the end of the night.

Please contact Business Manager, Laura, if you would like to volunteer at devlinla@hotmail.com.

Renewed and new membership receive your first admission free, and admission is only $5 per event! $10 admission for non-members and children under 12 enter for free. Get the membership form here.

Competitor registration is open. Get the competition entry from and schedule here.

Save the date! - the first OPS competition and performance is October 18th.

Sep 8, 2014

OPS Dates and Upcoming Annual Meeting

The 2014-2015 Oregon Pipers Society competition and performance dates have been set. Join us at Odd Fellows Hall in Milwaukie on the third Saturday of the month. Competition begins at 4:30 pm and evening performance begins at 7:30 pm.

  • October 18, 2014 
  • November 15, 2014  
  • December 20, 2014 
  • January 17, 2015 
  • February 21, 2015 
  • March 21, 2015 
  • April 18, 2015

You're Invited! 

We invite you to upcoming Annual Membership Meeting on Sept 20th, 4 p.m.   The meeting will be held at Maher’s Irish Pub, 352 B Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Please join us in the planning of the upcoming season!

OPS is held at:
The Oddfellows Hall
10282 SE Main Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222
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Apr 30, 2014

The last OPS of the season was a great success!

Thank you to all the competitors, judges, performers and volunteers this year! Your support is what keeps this organization fun, entertaining and running smoothly.


OPS was pleased to be able to award 3 scholarships this year.  Winners of $500 OPS scholarships for piping tuition and instruction were:

  • Dashiel Pederson - Dash is in 7th grade and plays with the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band under the direction of Mark Tomasetti.  His instructor is Patrick Case.  
  • David Brock - David lives in Prineville and practices with the Oregon Defense Force Pipe Band. 
  • Becky Nowack - Becky is a piper with the Clan MacLeay.  She is also an accomplished bassoon and alto sax player, and she takes lessons from Mark Cameron.

OPS is grateful to the Portland Highland Games Association for its ongoing generous support of Scottish music in our community. Winners of three $500 PHGA scholarships for piping and drumming this year were:

  • Joshua Done - Joshua lives in the Seattle area and has been playing pipes for about 4 years.  He takes lessons via skype from Murray Henderson, and has attended the Winter School. 
  • Lily Devlin - Lily is in middle school and is a piper with the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band.  Her instructor is Dan Delmain.  When she is not piping, Lily enjoys playing with her cat. 
  • Alonso Cruz - Alonso is in middle school and has been side drumming with the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band for about two years now.  He also plays in a jazz band and enjoys basketball.  He takes lessons from Billy McWood.

Good luck to all the competitors in their summer competitions! 

If you would like to make a donation to these annual scholarship please contact Laura Devlin, devlinla@hotmail.com, on how you can help. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Apr 10, 2014

Dram & Go will also be performing for us this month!

A new local celtic music group called Dram & Go, with Micah Babinski and Tricia Fairman, will also be playing for us on April 26th. They will play throughout the evening, after the competition and as we wait for awards and scholarship announcements. Micah plays the small pipes or border pipes and Tricia is a classically trained violinist and fiddler.

Tricia teaches private lessons at Ethos Music Center and works with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Beginning Strings. Along with her passion for performing and teaching, she is a skilled administrator and manager in the creative non-profit sector. She managed the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras and taught lessons at Michelle Tuesday Music School in Gahanna, OH.

Micah began his piping career at the age of nine.  He has been a member of three Grade 1 Pipe Bands: Prince Charles of San Francisco, Simon Fraser University, and DowcoTriumph Street. Micah is also a recurring member of Tartanic, one of the most popular Celtic acts on the national Renaissance Faire circuit. Micah was our featured performer at last October.

We are glad they can join us!

Apr 8, 2014

Final meeting of the 2013-1014 season: Saturday April 26th

Piping and drumming competition begins at 4:30pm and entertainment begins at 7:30pm.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase throughout the evening, including pizza, salad, bread, and delicious homemade onion soup! You can wet your palate with Scottish Ales, Oregon beer and wine, or a soft drink.

The evening will begin with our Local Hero, Jack Toohey. 


Jack Toohey started on the chanter when he was 9 and moved onto the pipes at the age of 12. He has been a member of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band for 5 years, which he thoroughly enjoys and currently serves as Pipe Major for the band. He also has the privilege of playing along side of his 3 siblings, Sam 11, Lauren 14 and his older brother Ian  who ages out after the 2014 season. His sister Lauren is currently the Drum Sgt. for the band.

Although Jack's primary instruction has come from his father John Toohey, his piobaireachd knowledge comes from Colin MacKenzie. Jack enjoys his connection with Colin and appreciates his knowledge and passion for the music. Jack has matured greatly as a player because of it!

Jack is a very accomplished player and has recently been promoted to Grade 1 by the British Columbia Pipers Association after finishing 1st in his grade for the 2013 season. Out of the many awards Jack has won over the years, he is particularly proud of his successes at the BC Indoor, where he has won the Aggregate 4 years straight.

Other than piping, Jack loves to hang out with friends and enjoys being involved with his youth group. He is an avid sports fan and hopes to get a football scholarship to a division 1 college as a kicker/punter.

The Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band will also be joining us!

The Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band (PMYPB) is made up of bagpipers and drummers ages 8 to 18 years from the Portland and Vancouver area.

These dedicated children and young adults attend band practice weekly, take private lessons with professional instructors, and utilize regular practice in preparation for Highland Game competitions.

The band's mission is to promote and advance the learning and performance of highland music, through youth, in Oregon and Southwest Washington. PMYPB provides a safe age appropriate environment to learn highland music. It is the intention of the PMYPB that at age 18, a PMYPB musician will become a competitive player in the adult Portland Metro Pipe Band. The youth band performs with the adult band at their annual fundraiser, Burns Supper in January.

Our featured performer is Alexander Schiele.

Alex began playing bagpipes at age 8 with instructor Kevin Auld. He plays with the 8th ranked pipe band in the world, Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band.

An accomplished solo piper, most recently Alex made it to the final round of the 2014 BCPA Pro Knockouts in his first year entering the event as a professional piper, placing 3rd overall. He placed 2nd as an invited amateur in the 2013 BCPA Professional Knockout first round, out of 11 professional competitors and was promoted to professional in February, 2013, winning one of his first events at the BCPA Annual Gathering March 30, 2013. He finished his first professional season ranked 7th.

Alex was promoted to Grade 1 at age 13, the youngest of all grade 1 Amateur pipers in Washington/Oregon and British Columbia at the time in the British Columbia Pipers' Association.

Join us for the final OPS meeting of the season! Only $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members.

Apr 1, 2014

We had another really excellent OPS meeting in March

Special thanks go out to Jori Chisholm for judging the competition at the last minute due to an illness of the judge. We had a treat before the show started when Tricia Fairman, 1/2 of Dram & Go, played us tunes on the fiddle...if there's time next month, we might have both Tricia and Micah Babinski - Stumptown Piper provide more tunes!

Portland Metro Pipe Band blew the audience away to start the evening off with a few of their upcoming competition sets. Raasi Rush, our Local Hero of the Month, did an outstanding job showcasing the talent we have in our local youth.

And we can't thank The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band enough for making the trip down from Seattle to be our featured set of the evening! They also brought some dancers to perform for us. They showed us why they are at the top of the Grade 4 BCPA class year after year!

Thank you to all the performers! Be sure to mark your calendars for the last meeting of the season, on April 26th. We'll be featuring Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and Alexander Schiele!

Mar 1, 2014

Join us for OPS on Saturday March 22nd

Piping and drumming competition begins at 4:30pm and entertainment begins at 7:30pm.  There will be food and beverage available for purchase throughout the evening.  Including pizza, salad, bread, and homemade. Beverages include Scottish Ales, Oregon beer and wine, and soft drinks.

The evening will begin with our Local Hero, Raasi Rush. Raasi is a piper with the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band.  She started playing the chanter when she was ten years old.  Her instructor is Portland Metro piper Patrick Case.

In 2013, Raasi placed third in the BCPA aggregate standings for Grade 5 pipers and will be playing in Grade 4 this coming season.  Raasi was awarded the 2014 Robert Martin scholarship for Piping Hot Summer Drummer in British Columbia.

In addition to piping,  Raasi sings in her school choir and loves to ride horses with her 4H group.


We are pleased to have two Pipe Bands perform for us, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band and Portland Metro Pipe Band.


Formed in 1952, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band has a long history serving the Seattle community.  
The band is active at over 30 performances a year throughout the Northwest, including parades, festivals, civic and special events. As the official pipe band of the Clan Keith, the band has performed around the US and internationally, including attending the weeklong 1000th anniversary of Clan Keith in Scotland in 2002. In addition, the band produces and performs a multi-night concert series to sold out audiences each year.

Under the direction of Pipe Major Larry Koch and Drum Sergeant Greg MacDonald, the band competes at many area Highland Games and has competed five times at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland over the past 12 years, including placing 3rd in Grade 4B in 2008. The band plans to return to Scotland in 2015.


Portland Metro Pipe Band is Oregon’s only Grade II competitive pipe band. Formed in 2006, the band is led by Pipe Major Mark Tomasetti and Drum Sergeant Andrew Finley. Its members come from throughout the Pacific Northwest and include a number of award-winning pipers and drummers. The band wears the Muted Red Fraser tartan.

In August 2012, the band competed in their first apprarance at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

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!


Feb 28, 2014

67 Music Profiles Oregon Pipers Society

OPS was formed in 1987, by a group of local pipers and drummers, to preserve, promote and celebrate Scottish bagpipes and drumming music.

67 Music recently profiled our organization, highlighting what we are all about - promoting pipes and drums, and having a good time with friends!


Feb 24, 2014

Thank you for joining us!



Thank you to everyone who attended the OPS Annual Workshop. We hope you had a fun day and learned a thing or two from Jack Lee and Blair Brown. We are so pleased that Jack and Blair spent the day with us, teaching and performing in the evening. We have lots of great photos from the workshop and performances.

We want to hear your thoughts on the workshop. Could you take a moment to fill out a quick survey? Your input will help us plan for next year's workshop.

Thanks again and see you at the next OPS on March 22nd!

Jan 22, 2014

February OPS Meeting and Piping & Drumming Workshop

Come to OPS on February 15th. Workshop and evening performance by world-class piper Jack Lee and champion drummer Blair Brown.

There will be no competition. Help us spread the word! Get the workshop registration form here!

The evening's performance will begin with our local hero, James Naismith, Pipe Sergeant from the Clan Gordon Pipe Band. The band will be performing also.

James began his piping career in 1991 under the instruction of his grandfather. His family has been active in the piping and Scottish community for over 50 years in San Diego, CA. James has previously played with the House of Scotland Pipe Band and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Pipe Band. He has been very successful at solo competitions in the western United States. He came to Washington State in 2002 through the Navy and resides in Allyn. James now works as a civil servant in Silverdale, WA and is the current Pipe Sergeant.



Featured Performer and workshop piping instructor Jack Lee is regarded as one of the world’s leading pipers. His accomplishments as a solo piper, pipe band leader and teacher cause him to be in great demand as a performer and teacher throughout the world.

Jack is the Pipe Sergeant and co-founder of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. Jack is ranked among the world's most accomplished pipers, having won the Gold Medal, Clasp (twice), and Silver Star (four times) at Inverness. As well as the Gold Medal and Senior Piobaireachd at Oban. Jack as also won the Bratach Gorm (twice) in London, and the Piobaireachd event at the Glenfiddich Championship in Scotland (four times). Jack has been the winner of the B.C. Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering 17 times. Learn more about Jack Lee at LeeAndSonsBagpipes.com


Featured Performer and workshop drumming instructor Blair Brown is one of the top solo drummers in the world and is a consistent prize winner at the World Solo Drumming Championship, where he just took 2nd place this Fall. As well as a 2-time World Pipe Band Champion with the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.

Blair previously drummed with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Canada, as well as Peel Regional Police, 78th Fraser Highlanders, Milton Optimists, and Macdonald Caledonia. Blair is the drumming director at the St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Texas, and returned to Shotts in 2013, having previously played with the band from 2002-2007.



Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free. February admission is free with a purchase of new membership. The evening program will begin at 7:30pm.




See the January OPS photos

Lots of fun was had at the January OPS meeting. Thank you to all of the competitors, performers and everyone who came to listen. There are some great photos of the evening, see them all here.

 


Jan 7, 2014

See you on Saturday January 18th.

OPS is ringing in the new year with an evening of competition and entertainment on Saturday January 18th. 


We'll be serving food and beverage throughout the evening. Our venue, Oddfellows Hall, is a great place to enjoy some Scottish music and visit with old and new friends. Slainte to the new year!

"For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne." 
  - Robert Burns

Local Hero


Alec MacLeod is 13 years old and currently plays in grade 3. Alec became interested in bagpipes when he heard them on cds. He is a member of the Portland  Metro Youth Pipe Band and formerly played with the Sir James McDonald band. He is taking instruction from John and Jack Toohey.

In 2012, Alec was awarded a scholarship from the Celtic Arts Foundation and attended the National Piping Centre school. Last year he was selected as the most promising piper at the Spokane Highland Games, and was awarded the Charles MacNeil Scholarship at the Tacoma Highland Games. Alec greatly enjoys the camaraderie at the highland games, and he plays a set of McCallum bagpipes.

Pipe Band


From Portland, the Clan Macleay Pipe Band is comprised of male and female members from Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Formed shortly after World War I, the “Clan Band” is one of the oldest continually existing pipe bands in North America. The band is currently led by Pipe Major Michael Hubbard, Drum Sergeant Pete Woodall, and Drum Major Geordie Paterson.

Although the band fields a competition corps for some Highland games in the Northwest and elsewhere, it has always been best known as a performance band. As such, it is an annual highlight of The Grand Floral Parade during Portland’s Rose Festival, as well as at a number of parades and other events in the Northwest…and as far away as Nova Scotia.

Besides the Clan Band’s history and long-standing reputation—including carrying on the crowd-appealing traditions and look common to the regimental bands of Scotland—the band is known for its continued fostering of Scottish tradition in piping and drumming through its own instruction program, through school and other public service performances, and through its support of the local junior and other pipe bands.

Featured Performer


The featured performer of the night is Murray Huggins. A native of Ashland, Oregon, Murray has enjoyed a long piping career. He began as a boy receiving instruction from Scottish piper William Keddie. His piping style is influenced by Cameron Wylie, Seattle and Jimmy McColl, Florence, Oregon. Murray is the proprietor of Colin Kyo bagpipes where he hand crafts every detail of the Highland bagpipe including reeds, metal forming and hand engraving. Murray also provides hand engraved metal fittings to bagpipe makers throughout the world.


Piping and drumming competition begins at 4:30 pm. Entertainment begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under are Free.

Jan 1, 2014

Piping and Drumming Workshop with Jack Lee and Blair Brown

The Oregon Pipers Society is pleased to host a piping and drumming workshop on February 15, 2014. We have two outstanding instructors and look forward to an informative and enjoyable workshop! Jack Lee and Blair Brown will also be performing at OPS in the evening.

Get the workshop registration form here!

Jack Lee – Piping Instructor


For 30 years, Jack has been regarded as one of the world’s leading pipers. His accomplishments as a solo piper, pipe band leader and teacher cause him to be in great demand as a performer and teacher throughout the world.

Jack is the Pipe Sergeant and co-founder of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. In 2009, the band won its 6th World Championship. The band has been an extremely consistent prizewinner at the World Championships during the past 30 years, having won either 1st or 2nd on fifteen occasions. The band has recorded 11 CDs and 2 videos, including CDs at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the magnificent Sydney Opera House. Their youth band (Robert Malcolm Memorial) has won the World Juvenile Championships on four occasions.

Jack is ranked among the world's most accomplished pipers, having won the Gold Medal, Clasp (twice), and Silver Star (four times) at Inverness. As well as the Gold Medal and Senior Piobaireachd at Oban. Jack as also won the Bratach Gorm (twice) in London, and the Piobaireachd event at the Glenfiddich Championship in Scotland (four times). Jack has been the winner of the B.C. Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering 17 times.

As a teacher Jack dedicates many hours per week to private instruction at home and online around the world. Several of Jack’s students have gone on to win major solo prizes in Scotland. Learn more about Jack Lee at LeeAndSonsBagpipes.com

Blair Brown – Drumming Instructor


Blair is one of the top solo drummers in the world and is a consistent prize winner at the World Solo Drumming Championship, where he just took 2nd place this Fall. As well as a 2-time World Pipe Band Champion with the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.

Blair previously drummed with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Canada, as well as Peel Regional Police, 78th Fraser Highlanders, Milton Optimists, and Macdonald Caledonia. Blair is the drumming director at the St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Texas, and returned to Shotts in 2013, having previously played with the band from 2002-2007.

Blair is currently residing in Portland as his wife is attending OHSU. He is accepting students at this time.

Join us on February 15, 2014. Get the workshop form here. 
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