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. 
Email Colin MacKenzie with any questions.