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.