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.