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

Jan 21, 2015

Annual Workshop is on February 21, 2015.

Join us for the Annual Piping and Drumming workshop. There will be no competition that day. Help us spread the word. Please share this information with pipers and drummers you know. 

Get the workshop registration form here!

Email or phone questions to: 
colinmackenzie1@comcast.net, 503-636-2755

Jan 13, 2015

OPS is on January 17, 2015

OPS is ringing in the new year with an evening of competition and entertainment this Saturday January 17th. 

Welcome the new year with some wonderful Scottish music! Our venue, Oddfellows Hall, is a great place to enjoy some Scottish music and visit with old and new friends. This month our soup will be split pea & ham or vegan split pea. 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

Featured Performer - We are very excited to have Andrew Lee from Surrey, BC, as our judge and featured performer. 

An accomplish piper, Andrew has been piping for most of his 27 years, having started at the age of 5.  He was born into a family of pipers with his father and uncle being the founders and leaders of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Andrew has won many prizes throughout North America and Scotland along the way including the US Silver Medal, US Gold Medal and second in the Oban Silver Medal.

Andrew was a member of the Robert Malcolm Memorial juvenile pipe band for several years, finishing off as pipe major of the band before joining SFU.  He won three World Juvenile Championships with RMM and two World Championships with SFU.

Pipe Band - We welcome the Portland Police Highland Guard!

The Portland Police Highland Guard started in 1998 to honor local law enforcement, fire and public safety personnel.  Their primary mission is to provide an honorary pipe band for memorials.   

The band refocused training in 2014 under the watchful eye of Gordon Convoy.  Their membership has grown with new adult and youth members.   

In 2014 the band restructure and focused on the development of a limited selection of tunes for memorial music and are currently adding a diverse selection of musical sets challenging all members to advance their skills. A new competition medley has been composed and accompanying drum scores are being written presently. The band membership is hopeful to field competitive members in grade V and IV areas for an assortment of Pacific Northwest Highland Games for 2015.  

Last December the band was asked to play for the Oregon Pipers Society. Regrettably the band was not able to field the drum section. Pipe Major, Ken Jones has selected to deliver a mini ensemble playing an arrangement of tunes for Highland Pipes and Scottish Small Pipes.   

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 8, 2015

December photos and results

December OPS was a great way to finish 2014, whisky, great musicians, and delicious food (we ran out of duck gumbo soup it was so popular!).

Check out more photos on our Facebook page. Have you "liked" OPS yet? See the competition results too!

Happy New Year, see you on January 17, 2015!

Jennifer Campbell having a good time competing

Mick Secor from The Highland Stillhouse Pub host a whisky tasting

Dram & Go give us a great performance