Jan 13, 2019

Happy New Year!

2019 will be an exciting year for OPS!


January OPS Meeting

Saturday - January 19

James Barrie will be our Featured Performer





OPS is pleased to have James A Barrie as our featured performer and judge at our first meeting of the new year! James Barrie was taught bagpipes by his father, William Barrie, a pupil of renowned Pipe Majors John McDougall Gillies and Robert Reid. He is an authority of the Cameron style of Piobaireachd. In 2013 Jim gave a presentation of how he was taught in the Cameron style by his father, to the Piobaireachd Society in Scotland at their annual conference.
Jim was playing at a professional level by the age of 13, and in addition to being a successful solo competitor, played with several prominent New Zealand pipe bands, including the Pipes and Drums of Innes Tartan. He was Pipe Major of the Auckland Police Pipe Band for 7 years before his return to Canada. Jim went on to produce and record piping, dance, and folk music. His innovative albums Ancient Piobaireachd Volumes I-IV were a breakthrough in the piping world, combining his father’s canntaireachd singing with background accompaniment. His pipe compositions which appear in his book A Lifetime of Compositions have been universally played: they are regularly heard on the competition field, and have been recorded on other instruments as well as bagpipes. Jim continues to compose and record at his Ceol Mor Studio, and is an active performer, adjudicator and teacher.

Featured Band - The Eugene Highlanders

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. 


Originally 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, passed in January '09.

Local Hero - Marco Caturegli

In Marco's own words:
While visiting Victoria, BC in the summer of 1991, I first heard the Great Highland Bagpipe being played by a busker on the street. Instantly I asked where I could purchase one. Following his indications I ended up at a music store and purchased a practice chanter with a "teach yourself" kit and, unfortunately, a Pakistani made bagpipe; but I was lucky enough to receive 1 Lb of true Scottish oats with the deal. Upon returning home to Mexico City I started teaching myself, dedicating 2-3 hours per day on the practice chanter. Eventually I was able to take lessons from World Class players such as Eric Rigler, Angus J. MacLellan , PM Angus MacDonald, John Angus Smith.


In 1997 I was a founding member of the "St. Patrick's Battalion Pipe Band" (first of its kind in Mexico), to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the "heroic gesture" of Irish and Scottish soldiers which joined the Mexican army in the US-Mexico War of 1847. Pipping became my profession and together with the band, traveled throughout Mexico and Central America playing for whiskey distiller events, political events in the presence of presidents and ambassadors, and celebrities.

When I moved to WA state in 2000, my bagpiping reached a new level. Thanks to the tutelage and expertise of Jori Chisholm, I won many awards in competitions and was promoted to Grade 1 in 2003 by the Washington and British Columbia Pipers Associations. Putting competitions aside, I focused my efforts on completing a graduate degree in Acupuncture at Bastyr University and creating a family. We now live in Creswell, OR where I provide Acupuncture services, teach bagpipe lessons and play for private engagements. I also play with the Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band.


Be sure to checkout the Competition page as there have been changes made to the starting time AND the required pieces for the lower grades.  See you on the 19th!