Monday, September 8, 2014

OPS Dates and Upcoming Annual Meeting

The 2014-2015 Oregon Pipers Society competition and performance dates have been set. Join us at Odd Fellows Hall in Milwaukie on the third Saturday of the month. Competition begins at 4:30 pm and evening performance begins at 7:30 pm.

  • October 18, 2014 
  • November 15, 2014  
  • December 20, 2014 
  • January 17, 2015 
  • February 21, 2015 
  • March 21, 2015 
  • April 18, 2015

You're Invited! 

We invite you to upcoming Annual Membership Meeting on Sept 20th, 4 p.m.   The meeting will be held at Maher’s Irish Pub, 352 B Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Please join us in the planning of the upcoming season!

OPS is held at:
The Oddfellows Hall
10282 SE Main Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The last OPS of the season was a great success!

Thank you to all the competitors, judges, performers and volunteers this year! Your support is what keeps this organization fun, entertaining and running smoothly.


OPS was pleased to be able to award 3 scholarships this year.  Winners of $500 OPS scholarships for piping tuition and instruction were:

  • Dashiel Pederson - Dash is in 7th grade and plays with the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band under the direction of Mark Tomasetti.  His instructor is Patrick Case.  
  • David Brock - David lives in Prineville and practices with the Oregon Defense Force Pipe Band. 
  • Becky Nowack - Becky is a piper with the Clan MacLeay.  She is also an accomplished bassoon and alto sax player, and she takes lessons from Mark Cameron.

OPS is grateful to the Portland Highland Games Association for its ongoing generous support of Scottish music in our community. Winners of three $500 PHGA scholarships for piping and drumming this year were:

  • Joshua Done - Joshua lives in the Seattle area and has been playing pipes for about 4 years.  He takes lessons via skype from Murray Henderson, and has attended the Winter School. 
  • Lily Devlin - Lily is in middle school and is a piper with the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band.  Her instructor is Dan Delmain.  When she is not piping, Lily enjoys playing with her cat. 
  • Alonso Cruz - Alonso is in middle school and has been side drumming with the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band for about two years now.  He also plays in a jazz band and enjoys basketball.  He takes lessons from Billy McWood.

Good luck to all the competitors in their summer competitions! 

If you would like to make a donation to these annual scholarship please contact Laura Devlin, devlinla@hotmail.com, on how you can help. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dram & Go will also be performing for us this month!

A new local celtic music group called Dram & Go, with Micah Babinski and Tricia Fairman, will also be playing for us on April 26th. They will play throughout the evening, after the competition and as we wait for awards and scholarship announcements. Micah plays the small pipes or border pipes and Tricia is a classically trained violinist and fiddler.

Tricia teaches private lessons at Ethos Music Center and works with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Beginning Strings. Along with her passion for performing and teaching, she is a skilled administrator and manager in the creative non-profit sector. She managed the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras and taught lessons at Michelle Tuesday Music School in Gahanna, OH.

Micah began his piping career at the age of nine.  He has been a member of three Grade 1 Pipe Bands: Prince Charles of San Francisco, Simon Fraser University, and DowcoTriumph Street. Micah is also a recurring member of Tartanic, one of the most popular Celtic acts on the national Renaissance Faire circuit. Micah was our featured performer at last October.

We are glad they can join us!