Apr 13, 2019

Last meeting of the 2018-2019 season

Please join us for the last meeting of the
 2018-2019 season on Saturday, April 27th.
Our adjudicator and featured performer is Colin Gemmell.


Originally from Connecticut, Colin began piping at the age of 12.  For several years he lived in Portland and was the Pipe Major of the Columbia River Pipe Band.  He was also a piper with the Grade 1 City of Victoria Pipe Band during the height of its success in international competition.

Colin lived for a number of years in eastern Washington, including Spokane, where he was Pipe Major of the Angus Scott Pipe Band.  He also played for several years with Seattle's Elliott Bay Pipe Band.

Colin is a respected player and instructor, and is particularly esteemed for his knowledge of piobaireachd.  He is a four-time winner of the Bratach nam Beann ("Banner of the Mountains"), the premier professional contest of the North American Piobaireachd Society.  Colin is an active member of the adjudicators' panel of the British Columbia Pipers' Association.

"Colin has perhaps not received the credit he deserves for all of the teaching he’s done over the years to players of all levels and abilities.  Aside from just being a great guy, Colin has quietly and positively encouraged scores of pipers along the way. " - Skye Richendrfer 


Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band

 is the featured band.


Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band supports the advancement of Highland music through its instructional program, performances and community events. The program provides opportunities for musical growth, leadership, lifelong friendships and fun! All member/students are between the ages of 8-18.





Local hero is Ralph Drew.


Ralph Drew has been playing the bagpipes since he was 12 years old and has been both a solo and band competitor as well as performing for many functions including two seasons as the resident bagpiper playing at the Oregon Renaissance festival of Hillsboro with his band Drachen. He plays both Highland bagpipes as well as medieval bagpipes that utilize german recorder fingering. He has been instructed mainly by Dave Bueerman, Jason Teece, Colin Mackenzie and Kevin McClean . As a youth he was a founding member of the Oregon Pipers Society Junior Pipe Band under the instruction of Jeff and Robbie Brewer, He has also been at various times a member of the Clan Macleay Pipe Band and the River City Pipe Band. He has been an active competitor at the OPS since he was on the practice chanter over the years  and views the great performances he enjoyed, the opportunities to perform and the scholarships he has been awarded there as having an instrumental impact on his piping in the most positive of ways. He views it as an honor to perform in front of the many people who gravitate to the OPS for the love of bagpipes and hopes you will enjoy his performance. 


Competition starts at 4:30pm.



Scholarships and Aggregate Awards will be handed out during the evening program.  If you haven't applied for a scholarship, the deadline is April 21st!  You must have competed at least 2 times (April counts) and be a paid member of OPS.  

Go to the Scholarships page for more information.

Food provided by our local Piping Hot Chef, 

Michael Johnston.