Mar 3, 2019

OPS is THIS SATURDAY! MARCH 9TH!



Yes! OPS is THIS SATURDAY!   

But don't panic!  

We have a great piper coming!

KEVIN McLEAN




Kevin began piping in 2003 at the SFU Summer Camps and then began playing with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band in the following fall. He Pipe-Majored the RMM Grade 4 band in 2006 and competed with RMM 3 at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009. In February 2011 he moved into the SFU Pipe Band. Kevin is a regular solo competitor in the Open BCPA circuit. In 2014 he won the MSR at the George Sherriff Invitational, in 2015 he was the overall champion of Nicol-Brown Invitational, having won the Piobaireachd event, and that same year also won the Piobaireachd at the George Sherriff. Kevin also teaches several students in the Lower Mainland region as well as students around the world via Skype.
In 2017, Kevin founded Gracenote Apparel - an online store that sells piping and drumming themed shirts, sweaters, phone cases, backpacks and more. Kevin also volunteers on the SFU Pipe Band Society Board of Directors as the Vice President of Communications.
Outside of the piping world, Kevin completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from SFU in 2016 and currently works as the Marketing Manager of Foamers’ Folly - a craft brewery in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia.



Featured Band of the evening
DRAM & 
will make you want to get up and do a jig!
("GO" has another gig.)

Micah Babinski and Anton Emery are two thirds of Dram & Go, a Portland trio featuring border pipes, fiddle, and guitar. They are excited to share some material from their October 2018 release Heads, Tails, and Heart! The band formed in 2014 and performs regularly at pubs, festivals, and private events. Micah has an extensive background in piping that includes solo competitions and pipe bands, as well as more unusual projects such as guitar-driven rock groups, Texas-based Renaissance Faire band Tartanic, Taiko drummers, and a Balanese Gamelan. Anton Emery is a masterful guitarist acclaimed for his stunning arrangements of Celtic music. Playing finger-style on a steel-string acoustic guitar, he performs a body of music traditionally performed on fiddle, flute, and bagpipes, giving it a fresh voice while losing none of its rhythm, feel, and magical quality.






There is no drumming competition this month, 
so the piping competition will begin at 4:30 pm.
Don't forget to apply for a scholarship for your continuing education on the pipes or drums!  



Start your St. Patrick's Day celebrations early...



Karen and Pete Woodall enjoying a pint!


Eila wants you to know
there is REAL SCOTCH (not just Irish Whiskey)

























...and enjoy these pictures from the February gathering!  There were seventeen bagpiping competitors who benefitted from Ed McIlwaine's critiques!  Thanks to all these brave performers!

Logan Gillespie took 1st in Chanter
Victoria MacKenzie competed in the Adult category

Joonas Martin on deck with Steward Deb Campbell Lyon















Kenneth Aitken looking the part!
                                         
                 And Joonas delivers a 2nd place performance in Grade 5!
First time competitor Doug Eaton with teacher Nate Wahlgren proves that practice makes perfect and gets you a 3rd place in Grade 5!
Shara Maikranz once again "blows away" the competition with the Grade 5 1st place award!
Jayne Ferlitsch takes 1st in Grade 4
with 2/4 March
 Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering
Ken Wilson took 2nd place in Grade 4

Dan Dorsett received 3rd place in Grade 4 for Seige of Delhi


Morgan Blake
Steve Fowler 




We haven't seen Greg Rose for awhile, but he performed well in Grade 3!
Ralph Drew never disappoints with his Grade 2  performance





Nate Wahlgren with Deb Campbell Lyon

Nate took 1st place 
Eric Albert

Clan Macleay was the Featured Band

Eila Chisholm (our fabulous Emcee) introduced the Portland Highland Dancers


The hornpipe is always a crowd pleaser


Sword dance
Irish Jig
Highland Fling



Fortunate to have our adjudicator Ed McIlwaine perform for us!