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.