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.