Dec 21, 2015

See you next year

Thank you for celebrating the Holiday Season with Oregon Pipers Society!

LOST AND FOUND: A kilt pin was found after Saturday's event. Please contact Kevin (503.890.6381) if you're the owner!

Thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work - making a delicious dinner, decorating, organizing the competition, and choosing the delightful whiskies to taste!

Thank you to the performers Alastair Lee (special thanks for the holiday tunes on the pipes - so fun!), Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band and Eric Albert. Well done!

See our Facebook page for more photos.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! See you next year on January 16, 2016.





Dec 17, 2015

Celebrate the holiday season at Oregon Pipers Society

We will have a great night of entertainment and fun! Our local hero is Eric Albert and pipe band is the Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band. Our featured performer and judge for the evening is the talented piper Alastair Lee. Read more about these great performers.

New this month - a special Whisky Tasting assortment! At the front desk you can buy 5 tastings of premier single malt Scottish whiskies for only $20! There will also be a dedicated pouring table, then sip and enjoy at your own pace throughout the evening.

OPS needs your help! Consider us for your end of year donation (it is tax deductible!) It is with your ongoing support that make it possible for us to provide scholarships, workshops and great entertainment. Email the OPS Business Manager, Will (beattie.will@gmail.comfor details or bring your donation check on Saturday.

Have you signed up for the Quartet Competition? Registration is $15. Email Barbara for more details (renfrewjeanie@gmail.com).

Dec 2, 2015

December OPS

Please join us for our next gathering on December 19! 


Featured Performer is Alastair Lee. Alastair started with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band. Joining Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in 2008, he was privileged to win the Grade 1 World Pipe and Championship in his first two tries (2008 & 2009). In concert, Alastair can be seen playing both pipes and keyboards.

As well, solo pipe competition has been a focus for Alastair. In Scotland he is now in the Former Winners MSR at Oban as well as the Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at Oban and Inverness. Alastair also plays for highland dancing on a regular basis.

In his private life Alastair graduated with honours in 2013 from the Art Institute of Vancouver in professional sound engineering. He currently works full-time at the well-known Scottish importing firm Tartantown Ltd. as a bagpipe technician, shipper and sales associate.

We are thrilled to have Alastair perform for us!


Guest Band is the Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band. Begun in 1953, founding members included Hector Smith, Pipe Major from Medicine Hat, Canada, Andrew Henderson, piper from Rothsay, near Glasgow, Scotland,  Hollis (Holly) Hill and Pipe Sergeant Bill Alexander Gloria Allen, Canadian trained dancer and instructor, joined band 1955. Piper Phil White became band manager. 


They began as the Eugene Highlanders Police Bagpipe Band (sponsored by the Eugene Police Department) and in 1957 were appointed the official Governor's Foot Guard (Governor's Guard) by Governor Robert B. Holmes. As such they played to welcome Senator John Kennedy to Eugene in 1958 and at other ceremonial occasions on behalf of several Oregon governors.

The Highlanders took many trophies for parades and celebrations throughout the state, from Astoria to Tillamook, Salem, Albany, Sheridan, Powers, Bandon, Florence and Walport, Pendleton and Burns, even as far south as Happy Camp and Dunsmuir in California.

The Highlanders wear Mackenzie kilts in honor of Oregon's Mackenzie river.

Hector Smith remained pipe major for well over fifty years until his death in January '08, making him the longest running pipe major in North America and perhaps the world. His wife, Mary Smith, teacher and Dance Sergeant, died in January '09.

The Local Hero is Eric Albert. Eric had received from his mother, "Lament for the Children", recorded by James McColl in 1958 on an LP, and it inspired 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!


Bring your friends and introduce them to the Oregon Pipers Society! 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.

Dec 1, 2015

November Photos and Results

Thank you to all of our volunteers for the November event! OPS competitions and performances are run by volunteers. It's with your help that we can have fun and successful nights!

And thank you to Matt Rucker, Columbia Regional Pipe Band, and Brittney Otto for performing for us!

View the results from the piping and drumming competition. See all the November photos on our Facebook page. And "like" us while you're there!

We need front desk volunteers! Are you ready to help? Please contact Barbara at renfrewjeanie@gmail.com.

  
Another delicious meal by volunteer Michael Johnston
Columbia Regional Pipe Band

Featured Performer Brittney Otto
Pendra's first competition!
Local Hero Matt Rucker
Super volunteers Vince and Barbara!

Nov 2, 2015

See you on November 21

Join us on November 21th for the second OPS meeting of the season. Entertainment begins at 7:30pm.  There will be food and beverage available for purchase throughout the evening. Join us for an evening Scottish fun!


The evening will begin with a performance by our Local Hero, Matt Rucker playing the small pipes. 


Matt has been playing Bagpipes since 2006. He first became interested in listening to Bagpipe music because his mother commented several times that she hated the instrument and he wanted to know what all the fuss was about. After that, Matt started learning to play under the direction of Tim Birr, Travis Dutton, and later Mark Tomasetti. He has played in the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and the Portland Metro Pipe Band, traveling twice to Scotland to compete with the latter. He has also played in solo competitions, playing for several years in Grade 1. 


Currently, Matt is taking a break from competition and pipe bands to focus on his school studies. He is studying communications at Marylhurst University. When he is not studying or playing music, Matt enjoys reading, playing videogames, and hiking around the Pacific North-west. Although he doesn't have as much time to play as he would like, Matt still keeps in practice, mostly playing a set of Fred Morrison smallpipes. Luckily, his mother has developed an ear for the pipes and quite enjoys listening to them now.


We are looking forward to the Columbia Regional Pipe Band perfoming for us!



The Columbia Regional Pipe Band is made up of pipers and drummers from all over the Pacific Northwest: members are currently from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The band was formed in 2011 by members of the Desert Thistle Pipe Band from Kennewick, Washington, and a number of pipers from Portland, Oregon; the band played its first competition at the 2011 Spokane Highland Games. The band competed at Highland Games throughout the Northwest during the 2015 summer competition season and then traveled to Glasgow, Scotland in August to compete at the World Pipe Band Competition. 


The band wears the Ancient Ramsay Blue tartan and is led by Pipe Major Judy Morrison and Drum Sergeant Jamie Stewart.


Our Featured Performer for the evening is bagpiper Brittany Otto. 

Brittney started piping under the instruction of Ian Macdougall in 1999 and has studied with Jack Lee, Alan Bevan, Hal Senyk, and Bruce Gandy. She began playing in bands with The Fraser Valley Youth Pipe Band. Since then she has played with Chilliwack & District, Maple Ridge/New Westminster Police, 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel), and SFU. 

Brittney is currently a member of Dowco Triumph Street and is one of the top 5 professional pipers for the BCPA 2014/2015 season. OPS is thrilled to have her perform for us!








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 1, 2015

October Performance

Join us for the first Oregon Pipers Society event of the season, on Saturday October 17, 2015. 

We are pleased to have some wonderful musicians perform for us. Our chef Michael Johnston will be preparing Chicken Rice Bowls, and vegetarian Tofu/Mushroom Rice Bowls, served with your choice of sauce: Teriyaki, Green Curry, Yellow Curry, Pumpkin Curry, or Red Curry. The rice bowls will be served with a side salad with choice of dressing. Bring your friends and introduce them to the Oregon Pipers Society! 

With the stand down of the Oregon Defense Force, the Oregon Defense Force Pipe Band was asked to change its name. The band eventually settled on Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums.  The band will continue under the new name and continue the proud tradition started by in 1970 by George Roe and the initial cadre of members.

Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums



















The Willamette Valley Pipes & Drums is a non-profit organization with a three-fold mission:  1) to serve our community by providing entertainment through Scottish music, 2) to develop the musical abilities of our members, and 3) to enjoy the friendship that we share because of our love of pipe and drum music. They are lead by Pipe Major Steve Fowler.

Matthew Turnbull
Our Featured Performer is Matthew Turnbull. He is known to many of you as the fellow who prefers to play for the Highland Dancing rather than be on the boards. While Matt doesn't currently compete, he has had an extensive professional curriculum vitae. An accomplished soloist, he has also played with the 78th Frasers under Bill Livingstone, been a Pipe Major of several competing bands and is currently a member of the Bagad Cap Caval. Yep, that Breton Pipe Band from France that plays in the Grade One World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green.

Matt has been invited to give us some musical selections from not only our precious Great Highland Pipe tradition, but also melodies of our Breton cousins.

Our Local Hero is Marco Caturegli. From Marco, "While visiting Victoria, BC in the summer of 1991, I first heard the Great Highland Bagpipe being played by a busker on the street. Instantly I asked where I could purchase one. Following his indications I ended up at a music store and purchased a practice chanter with a "teach yourself" kit and, unfortunately, a Pakistani made bagpipe; but I was lucky enough to receive 1 Lb of true Scottish oats with the deal. Upon returning home to Mexico City I started teaching myself, dedicating 2-3 hours per day on the practice chanter. Eventually I was able to take lessons from World Class players such as Eric Rigler, Angus J. MacLellan , PM Angus MacDonald, John Angus Smith."

"In 1997 I was a founding member of the "St. Patrick's Battalion Pipe Band" (first of its kind in Mexico), to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the "heroic gesture" of Irish and Scottish soldiers which joined the Mexican army in the US-Mexico War of 1847. Pipping became my profession and together with the band, traveled throughout Mexico and Central America playing for whiskey distiller events, political events in the presence of presidents and ambassadors, and celebrities."

"When I moved to WA state in 2000, my bagpiping reached a new level. Thanks to the tutelage and expertise of Jori Chisholm, I won many awards in competitions and was promoted to Grade 1 in 2003 by the Washington and British Columbia Pipers Associations. Putting competitions aside, I focused my efforts on completing a graduate degree in Acupuncture at Bastyr University and creating a family. We now live in Creswell, OR where I provide Acupuncture services, teach bagpipe lessons and play for private engagements. I also play with the Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band."

Sep 15, 2015

Sep 11, 2015

McKenzie Highland Games

There is a new Highland Games in Eugene! It's call the McKenzie Highland Games. Sounds like it will be a fun time! 

Be sure to check out the Piobaireachd recital and whiskey tasting on Friday Oct. 2. Get all the details on their website.



Sep 7, 2015

Scholarship form is now available!

Each year OPS is proud to sponsor music scholarships for pipers and drummers who have participated in OPS competitions throughout the year. 

Only current OPS members are eligible to be candidates for the scholarships and must have competed in at least two of the OPS season’s competitions (drummers need only have competed once).  Players in all grade levels of competition are eligible, including chanter and drum pad.

The scholarships awards are provided so that the recipients may attend the piping and drumming school of their choice. Tuition will be paid directly to the school of the winner’s choice. 

Download the Scholarship Application.

Sep 4, 2015

Yum, dinner is served!

OPS will feature a special menu for our first event of the season on October 17th!

Our chef Michael Johnston will be preparing Chicken Rice Bowls, and vegetarian Tofu/Mushroom Rice Bowls, served with your choice of sauce: Teriyaki, Green Curry, Yellow Curry, Pumpkin Curry, or Red Curry.

The rice bowls will be served with a side salad with choice of dressing.

Sep 3, 2015

Where are you Robbie Buchanan?

This handsome portrait is of Robert "Robbie" Buchanan, who went to high school in Lake Oswego.

 It was painted probably late 60's to 1970.  This was a second portrait of two, done by talented portrait artist Richard H. Wiley.  Robbie Buchanan or his family selected the other portrait to keep, back when it was commissioned.  The family of the artist would like to contact Robbie Buchanan or his family to give them the second portrait should they care to have it.


If anyone recognizes Robert Buchanan and knows how to get in touch with him or any of his family, please use this contact info: Ryan Wiley (son of painter Richard H. Wiley), rhw8006@hotmail.com


Apr 30, 2015

Thank you!

Oregon Pipers Society would like to thank everyone who has made this season's competitions, performances, and workshop possible! And special thanks to all the people who have attended an OPS event. Your participation is crucial to supporting a strong piping and drumming community in Oregon.

Competition aggregate awards and scholarships were announced at the April OPS. See the results and scholarship winners here. Congratulations to all the competitors this year and good luck in all your summer competitions!

Want to be more involved or support OPS? Volunteer positions are available! You can also make a donation!

Thank you!

See more photos from April!

 


 


 




Apr 17, 2015

See you on Saturday!

The last OPS of the year is this Saturday, April 18th. Our featured performer is Colin Gemmell, Local Hero is Mark Mullaney, and also joining us is Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Read more about the entertainers.

Please be aware that the Sellwood Bridge is CLOSED this weekend. 

We will feature a tamale dinner this saturday, from our Milwaukie neighbors Canby Asparagus Farm's Casa de Tamales. Either a chicken with asparagus or a cheese/bean tamale with crema and salsa and a side salad, for $7. Dinner service starts at 6pm.

Slainte!

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Apr 9, 2015

Portland youth pipers bring home trophies form the BCPA Annual Gathering

Portland youth Raasi Rush, Alexander Macleod bring home two trophies each from the 83rd BCPA Annual Gathering in Surrey BC, April 2015.

Winner of the Edward Esson Trophy for Grade 3 Piobaireachd, and winner of the Rob Barbulak Memorial Shield for Aggregate Grade 3 Piping : Raasi Rush

Winner of the William Lamont Memorial Trophy for Grade 2 MSR, and winner of the Heather MacInnes Collins Memorial Trophy for Aggregate Grade 2 piping: Alexander MacLeod

Special Award for Most Points Overall: Alexander MacLeod

Alexander and Raasi were among a number of young Oregon pipers and drummers who distinguished themselves at the 2015 Annual Gathering:

Grade  2 Snare:  MSR
Lauren Toohey, 5th
Grade 2 Snare: Hornpipe and Jig
Lauren Toohey, 5th

Grade 4 Snare: 2/4 March
Alonso Cruz, 3rd
Grade 4 Snare: 6/8 March
Alonso Cruz, 3rd

Grade 1 Piping: MSR
Jack Toohey: 4th
Grade  Piping: Piobaireachd
Jack Toohey: 2nd

Grade 2 Piping: MSR
Alexander MacLeod: 1st
Grade 2 Piping: Piobaireachd
Alexander MacLeod: 2nd
Grade 2 Piping: Hornpipe and Jig
Alexander MacLeod: 1st

Grade 3 Piping: Strathspey and Reel
Raasi Rush: 1st
Grade 3 Piping: Piobaireachd
Raasi Rush: 1st

Grade 4 Piping: 2/4 March
Dashiell Pederson: 4th
Grade 4 Piping: Strathspey and Reel
Sam Toohey: 1st
Dashiell Pederson: 2nd
Grade 4 Piping: Piobaireachd
Sam Toohey: 5th
Dashiell Pederson: 6th

Cheers to all who competed at the 2015 BCPA Annual Gathering.

Apr 6, 2015

Last OPS of the season is April 18th - Join us!

We have only one OPS left of the season on April 18th. Join us for a fun evening!

Our Local Hero will be be Mark Mullaney.

Having grown up in Gresham, Oregon, Mark attended the Portland Highland Games as a child and decided to start taking private lessons from Mark Tomasetti.

In addition to playing as a soloist and competing in the US, Canada and Scotland, Mark has played with many pipe bands over the years including, Sir Jame McDonald Pipe Band, Monmouth College Pipe Band and New Westminster Police Pipe Band.

He currently plays with Portland Metro Pipe Band. He also assists with teaching the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band. Mark has also played with a few celtic-rock bands in the course of his piping career.

The Pipe Band will be the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band.


In 1997 a small group of civic minded individuals paid a visit to the 78th Fraser Highlanders in Vancouver, B.C. This visit resulted in the formation of a Vancouver, WA Garrison of the 78th Frasers. Shortly after the formation of the Garrison, a pipe band was assembled by the late Bob Pauley, a life long Vancouver resident and prominent public servant, and P/M Charlie Anderson, founding member of the Vancouver, WA Garrison.

In June of 2000, the pipe band separated from the 78th Frasers to become the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Shortly after the incorporation of the FVPB in August of 2000, we adopted the Washington State tartan for our kilts, fully cementing our connection to our home base. By proclamation of Mayor Royce Pollard in November of 2000, we are the “Official Pipe Band” of the City of Vancouver.

Because of the military connections in the area and because several of our members are veterans, the band has felt a very strong motivation to support our active and veteran forces and our local and regional police and firefighters. We seldom decline an invitation to perform for military or civil functions. We have played in Memorial Day ceremonies and the Vancouver Veterans’ Day parade every year since our formation.

Our Feature Performer is Colin Gemmell.

Originally from Connecticut, Colin began studying the pipes at the age of 12. Colin is a respected player and instructor, and is particularly esteemed for his knowledge of piobaireachd. He is a four-time winner of the Bratach nam Beann (“Banner of the Mountains”), the premier professional contest of the North American Piobaireachd Society. Colin is also an active member of the adjudicators’ panel of the British Columbia Pipers’ Association.

For several years he lived in Portland, where he was Pipe Major of the Columbia River Pipe Band. He was also a piper with the Grade 1 City of
Victoria Pipe Band during the height of its success in international competition.

Colin has also lived in eastern Washington, including Spokane, where he was Pipe Major of the Angus Scott Pipe Band. For the last several years he has played with Seattle’s Elliott Bay Pipe Band.

In addition to teaching students in the Olympia area, Colin maintains his Portland ties by conducting regular piobaireachd instruction for young pipers in Portland and Southwest Washington. 

We look forward to a festive night celebrating a fantastic season of piping, drumming and Scottish fun!

Mar 29, 2015

Apply for the OPS Scholoarship

Each year OPS is proud to sponsor music scholarships for pipers and drummers who have participated in OPS competitions throughout the year. The scholarship recipient will be announced at the final OPS of the season on April 18, 2015.

Only current OPS members are eligible to be candidates for the scholarships and must have competed in at least two of the OPS season’s competitions (drummers need only have competed once).  Players in all grade levels of competition are eligible, including chanter and drum pad.

The scholarships awards are provided so that the recipients may attend the piping and drumming school of their choice. Tuition will be paid directly to the school of the winner’s choice.  

The number of scholarships to be awarded will be determined by the OPS board of directors.  Each year the Portland Highland Games Association has also awarded scholarships for pipers and drummers, which have been added to the OPS scholarship program and are awarded at the same time as the OPS scholarships in April.

Mar 13, 2015

Join us for OPS on Saturday March 21st

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. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we will also be serving three specially selected Irish whisky.

Our judge and Featured Performer is Keith Paton.

Keith is originally from Kansas City, Missouri where he began his piping studies at the age of eight with his father, Iain MacDonald Paton.  Later, he studied with Roddy MacDonald, Delaware; John Wilson, Toronto; and both John MacFadyen and Seumas MacNeill in Scotland.

As a teenager Keith became Pipe Major of his local band, the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipe Band. Under his leadership the band earned a second place prize in Grade 2 at the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto, among many other accomplishments.

Since moving to Seattle in 1994, Keith has been active in the Pacific Northwest piping community. From 1997 to 1999 he played with the Abbotsford Police Pipe Band, competing with the band twice in Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships. Subsequently he joined the World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band playing with the band from 2000 to 2006 and then again from 2010 to 2014.  Keith retired from SFU after the 2014 season.

Keith is an approved adjudicator with the British Columbia Pipers' Association.  He is an active adjudicator at piping competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest and serves on the BCPA grading committee.  In real life, Keith is a teacher and administrator at Highline College in Des Moines, WA.

Our Local Hero is Elizabeth Cameron.

Elizabeth as been playing the pipes for over 10 years. She is a Grade piper. Elizabeth grew up in South Eastern North Carolina, but has also lived in Texas, Hawaii, and Arizona. She is a home health occupational therapist. Beside piping, she likes to read, travel, hike, camp and take photos.

Portland Metro Pipe Band will also be joining us for the evening.

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.

Feb 3, 2015

Join us for OPS on Saturday February 21st

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

There will be a workshop during the day. Get the workshop registration form here!

The evening will begin with a performance by our Local Hero, Nathan Wahlgren. 


Nate describes his piping as "a nasty habit that he picked up in college," having been talked into taking bagpipe lessons on his first day at Virginia Military Institute in 1998. Since that fateful day, he's been unable to quit (not that he's tried very hard). He learned his piping on the east coast, with most of his instruction coming from Burt Mitchell,  Jason Barth, Lyric Todkill and Peter Kent. Nate plays a set of 1940s Hendersons that he bought from their original owner in 2006.

His band history includes four years with the Virginia Military Institute Pipes and Drums, a summer with Baltimore City Pipe Band, three years with Macdonald Pipe Band (Pennsylvania), two years with the Graham Highlanders (Vermont), three years with MacMillan Pipe Band (Maryland), and one year as playing instructor of the MacMillan-Birtles Pipe Band. In 2012 he moved west, and 2015 will be his third year with Portland Metro Pipe Band. He is a regular solo competitor in grade 1 here at OPS, and an occasional competitor at the highland games.

In 2011 Nate was bitten by the piobaireachd bug, and if he's playing by himself, there's a better than even chance that a piobaireachd can be heard. He gets together with pipers from the Corvallis and Eugene areas on a semi-regular basis to play some piobaireachd. Let him know if you'd like to join the group; all are welcome.

Outside of piping, Nate lives in Corvallis, where he works as a nuclear engineer and teaches a few piping students who are regular attendees of OPS. He also enjoys beer, board games, Rubik's cubes, and reading very large books.

We are pleased to have the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band perform!


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.

Jan 28, 2015

First OPS of 2015 was great!


Thanks so much for joining us in January! Special thanks go to our judge and featured performer Andrew Lee, local hero Will Beattie and the Portland Police Highland Guard.

Check out more photos on our Facebook page. (And LIKE us if you haven't already!)

View the January competition results.

Local Hero Will Beattie
Judge Andrew Lee



Sharing a laugh with Andrew
Portland Police Highland Guard



Jayne and Debra