Oct 26, 2016

Thanks for Attending the October Gathering!

Thank you to all who attended our first gathering of the season on October 15th! The event was very successful with a great turnout despite bad weather throughout the region.

Murray Huggins

A special thanks goes to our featured piper and judge Murray Huggins! Murray delivered a great recital on a beautiful set of his own hand-crafted pipes and shared many entertaining stories with the audience.

Thanks also to Dram & Go and our Local Hero Nate Wahlgren for making the evening special.

If you weren't able to attend, you can find a great set of photos from the evening on our facebook page. Please hit 'Like' on our page while you are there!

You can also view our results on the Results Page.

Please join us for our next gathering on November 19!

Oct 19, 2016

Welcome to our two new Board Members!

Oregon Pipers Society has always been very informally organized, relying on the generous time and support of countless volunteers. This past year we had some open slots on the OPS Board of Directors.

Micah Babinski
Congratulations to our two new Board Members - Micah Babinski and Deborah Lyon! These two have been rockstar volunteers for years and we are so pleased to have them on the OPS Board. 

Micah has been involved with Oregon Pipers Society for over a decade as a competitor, judge, attendee, drone tuner, and overall fan. He has also performed at OPS gatherings as a solo piper and with his band, Dram & Go.

Micah shares OPS' dedication to fostering Scottish culture in the Portland area, especially among kids and young adults. Micah lives in Portland with his wife, Quinn.

Deb joined the Oregon Pipers Society 3 years ago, when her son joined the PMYPB as it's bass drummer.  Her daughter dances and plays the tenor drum in the youth band as well.

A former dancer and piping groupie, she grew up in a very active Scottish social community in Spokane and was thrilled to find the same kind of spirit at OPS.  She's been hooked ever since.

Deborah Lyon
Deb loves working with the competitors and judges as the OPS steward, and is honored to serve on the board.  She lives in Lake Oswego with the aforementioned twins, Will and Alex.

Our current Board of Directors is: Kevin Kelley, Colin MacKenzie, Will Beattie, Barbara Valenti, Suvi Chisholm, Micah Babinski, Deborah Lyon.

We thank our volunteers for their work and dedication to OPS! Wanna join the fun? Contact info@opspdx.org to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Oct 10, 2016

OPS 30th Season begins on October 15, 2016

Come to OPS and listen to some wonderful Scottish music. We are celebrating our 30th season! Thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey and welcome to new friends joining us for the first time!

You are welcome to watch the piping and drumming competition beginning at 4:30pm. The evening's 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.

Held at the OddFellows Hall in downtown Milwaukie, our monthly event welcomes all ages.  Only $5 for OPS members. $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under get in free!  One free admission is given with your new or renewed membership. Click here to become a member today.

Featured Performer

Murray Huggins
The featured performer of the night is Murray Huggins. A native of Ashland, Oregon, Murray has enjoyed a long piping career. He began as a boy receiving instruction from Scottish piper William Keddie. His piping style is influenced by Cameron Wylie, Seattle and Jimmy McColl, Florence, Oregon.

Murray is the proprietor of Colin Kyo bagpipes where he hand crafts every detail of the Highland bagpipe including reeds, metal forming and hand engraving. Murray also provides hand engraved metal fittings to bagpipe makers throughout the world.

Band Performance

Dram & Go
The fantastic celtic trio Dram & Go will play a set for us as well.  We are pleased to have Dram and Go back to OPS this year, and you can read more about them and check out some tunes from their 2015 album.

Founded early in 2014, Dram & Go features a fresh take on traditional Celtic music. With piper Micah Babinski (lowland pipes, smallpipes, mandolin), Rachel Bowen (fiddle), Anton Emery (guitar, flute, and banjo), and featuring Richie Rosencrans (guitar, bouzouki) of Na Rosai, Dram & Go has been busy harnessing the raw foot-stomping energy found at the intersection of Scottish piping, old-time fiddle, Irish Sessions, and bluegrass.

Local Hero

Nate Wahlgren
Corvallis resident Nate Wahlgren returns as local hero, always happy to support local piping. Being the sentimental sort, he likes to mark milestones, and next month will be celebrating the date when he will have been playing pipes for half of his life.

He learned his piping on the east coast, where he lived all of his life until moving to Oregon in 2012. He joined the Portland Metro Pipe Band shortly after arriving, and has played four seasons with them. His solo competition career began in earnest in 2004, and he moved up through the amateur ranks until he was promoted to grade 1 following the 2009 season.

Shortly afterwards he was bitten by the piobaireachd bug, and it's his favorite thing to play whenever he picks up his pipes. If you're nice to him, he might play a tune for you. If you're not nice to him, he might inflict a tune upon you.