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 (

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

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!