Oct 27, 2019

Great October Gathering at Oregon Pipers Society!

Barry Shears was our judge and featured performer!

We were treated to Barry's wonderful knowledge of Cape Breton tunes on the Great Highland Pipes and the smallpipes!

Barry not only played the tunes, but told us the history behind many of them.  
A wonderful evening!

If you missed Barry's performance, you can still "visit" him at his website

Will Beattie--Local Hero

Before Barry played, Will Beattie gave us a taste of why he is considered one of the best players in the Northwest.  Not only is he an accomplished Grade 1 performer, he is also a great teacher of the bagpipes and a much sought after piper for Highland Dance competitions.  He is the Chair and Business Manager of the Oregon Pipers Society, an Engineer at Hyster-Yale Group, and a devoted husband to Simona and dad to Ethan.

But before all that...there was the COMPETITION!

Many polished performers competed under the watchful eye of Adjudicator Barry Shears.
Victoria Mackenzie - Adult Piping

Jayne Ferlitsch competed in Grade 3...but no one else did!

Grayson Goodman was awarded 1st Place

Mylinda Humble took 2nd place


Truin Tomasetti captured 3rd!
Logan Gillespie also competed...
                                 ...and did a great job at his first OPS competition on the pipes!


Tim Riddle confers with Steward Deb Lyon before playing
And it must have helped because Tim
was awarded 1st place!

Shara Maikranz came in 4th in her first Grade 4 competition!
Robert Johnston travelled all the way from Medford and received 3rd place!

Ken Wilson 

Flint Yoder took 2nd place!

And of course, there was good food from Chef Michael Johnston
 and expert bartending from Dan Kelley!

We hope to see you all next time on November 16!

Oct 2, 2019

First Gathering of Oregon Pipers Society will be on October 19th!

Join your friends at Oregon Pipers Society for a wonderful show by Barry Shears!

Barry Shears is a native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He has been playing the bagpipe for over 50 years, and at an early age began collecting and composing music for the Highland bagpipe. He is an acknowledged expert on the history of traditional piping in Nova Scotia and its intrinsic connection to the Gaelic language, music and culture of the province. Barry is an award-winning musician and has performed at festivals and concerts throughout North America and Europe. Barry was appointed to the judges panel of the Nova Scotia Pipers and Pipe Band Association (later The Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association) at age 19 and adjudicated pipe bands and solo piping for over 40 years. Barry was awarded the  Pipe Major’s certificate with the Canadian army reserve in 1980 and won the Champion Supreme award for professional piping in Nova Scotia 6 times before he retired from competion in 1986. He has published 6 books of bagpipe music and history,  the most recent being a large two volume collecton of Highland music and culture from Nova Scotia. Barry has performed or appeared in two movies (Margaret’s Museum  and Baby), and appeared on several recordings of traditional music. Highlights of his musical career include a short tour with Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron(1981), and a  Live to Air broadcast of Cape Breton music for Radio France  (1990) with fellow musicians Jerry Holland, Dave MacIsaac and John Morris Rankin. Barry plays both Highland bagpipes and Scottish smallpipes.  Barry retired to the west coast a few years ago and now spends much of his spare time lecturing, playing and teaching the unique piping styles of Cape Breton.

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