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!