Jan 7, 2018

Welcome the new year with OPS on Saturday, January 20th!

OPS Invites you to celebrate the new year with an outstanding evening of Scottish entertainment! The show starts at 7:30 at The OddFellows Hall, 10282 SE Main St. Milwaukie OR, 97222.

Our piping and drumming competition begins at 4:30pm. This is a great option for kids and adults who are interested in learning the pipes or drums to see Oregon's piping community come together in the spirit of continuous improvement and great music.

The evening program begins at 7:30pm. There will be food and beverage available for purchase throughout the evening, including pizza, salad, beer, wine, scotch, and homemade soup!

Our location is the OddFellows Hall in downtown Milwaukie, our monthly event welcomes all ages. We offer admission of only $5 for OPS members and $10 for non-members. Kids 12 and under get in free! Click here to become a member today.

Featured Performer

Zephan Knichel
Our featured piper is Zephan Knichel!

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta Zephan began piping in 1999 as an Air Cadet with the 570 RCACS Pipe Band. The following year Zephan joined the Edmonton Boys Pipe Band. As a member of the Edmonton Boys, Zephan won the 2002 World Championships in the Novice Juvenille category. In 2003 Zephan joined the grade one Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band, of which he was an active member until 2013. Zephan also enjoyed stints in grade 2 with the St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band in 2011 and the Viscount Park Pipe Band in 2014. Zephan joined SFU for the 2014-2015 season.Zephan is also a regular competitor in open solo competitions. His most noteworthy prize to date was winning the overall aggregate prize at the 2016 BCPA Annual Gathering.
Zephan moved to BC in 2014 after graduating summa cum laude from Monmouth College in Illinois with a degree in Business Administration; Receiving a full tuition talent scholarship for Bagpiping to attend Monmouth. Zephan is a sought after private instructor and also teaches the Robert Malcolm Memorial  grade 5 band. He currently works for both Coast Capital Savings as an FSR and for Lee and Sons Bagpipes making pipebags and chanter reeds. 
Highland Dance Performance

Also joining us will be an OPS favorite - dancers from Portland Highland Dance Association! Their mission is "To Foster and Preserve the Art of Scottish Highland Dance." The PHDA provides quality instruction and hosts competitions and workshops that benefit many dancers in the area. We are delighted to feature them this month on the OPS stage!

Local Hero

As if that wasn't enough, January Local Hero piping recitalist is Lacy Campbell - Lacy is a regular participant in our monthly competitions and a great friend of OPS. We love featuring our Local Heroes and highland dancers because it gives spectators an idea of what we are all about - fostering continued excellence in (and your enjoyment of) the Scottish arts.

We look forward to seeing you on the January 20th!