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.


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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!