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!