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PS News Volume 21 - February 2009

Bruce Gandy Heads February Program

Bruce Gandy

Award-winning piper and composer Bruce Gandy is the featured performer for the February meeting of Oregon Pipers Society. A former member of the Grade 1 City of Victoria Pipe Band, and the 1987 World Champion 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, Bruce also served for three years as the piping instructor at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts on Prince Edward Island. As a soloist Bruce has won both the coveted Gold and Silver medals at Inverness as well as the Oban Gold Medal, the Bratach Gorm and, on five occasions, the New York Cup. Bruce is also a noted composer and the

past winner of three major composing contests and a runner up in the prestigious “Pipe Tune for a People’s Princess” competition, held in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. He has published four volumes of “Contemporary and Traditional Music for the Highland Bagpipe”. Bruce has instructed both individuals and bands, spanning the last 20 years, across Canada and the United States. Bruce resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he is the pipe sergeant of the 78th Highlanders (Citadel). He also teaches piping at the Citadel in Halifax. We are also pleased that Bruce will instruct the annual piping workshop scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 14. The workshop will again be a twoday affair, with instruction for beginner and intermediate level pipers on Saturday, Feb. 14, and instruction for advanced pipers on Sunday, Feb. 15. Cost for each day is $50. Location of the workshop is the OPS / VFW Hall at 837 SE Mill, Portland. For additional information about the workshop see the enclosed enrollment form.

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In this Issue: ■ Bruce Gandy - Featured Performer ■ Fort Vancouver Pipe Band - February ensemble performer. ■ Local Hero - Dan DelMain ■ January Gathering Recap ■ Competition rules and mail-in registration form ■ OPS Membership form

Meeting Details: Date; Saturday, February 14th Location; Oregon Pipers’ Society VFW Hall, 837 SE Mill, Portland Times; 5 PM - Solo Piping contest 7:30 PM - Program Entry Fee - $5 for OPS members, $7 for nonmembers. Membership - $20 for individual / family membership - includes email monthly OPS News.

OPS Upcoming Events: February 14 -15 Annual Workshop. This year we will offer two full-day workshops with Bruce Gandy, one of the world’s top pipers. ( See this month’s article.) March 21 Featured Performer - TBD Ensemble Performers - Portland Metro PB April 18 Featured Performer - TBD Ensemble Performers - River City PB


Fort Vancouver Pipe Band Featured Ensemble for February Fort Vancouver Pipe Band games and private celebrawas founded in 2000 by tions. Charlie Anderson, who FVPB is a “family” band, served as the first pipe with several couples playmajor, and Bob Pauley. The ing in the group. A nonname pays tribute not only competitive band, FVPB to the band’s host city, but members play for enjoyincorporates the entire ment and camaraderie. Pacific Northwest as origiMembership is open to anyone who can play one nally represented by the of the instruments or is Hudson Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver. The band, willing to learn (the band The Ft. Vancouver Pipe Band which wears the Washingcan provide instruction). The Band is led by Pipe Major Warren D. McAlpine ton State tartan, is the official pipe band of “America’s and Drum Sergeant Pete Woodall. Vancouver”. The “fort” portion of the band’s logo is copied, with permission, from the logo of the City of Visit the band’s website at www.FVPB.com Vancouver. or contact the band manager Karen Woodall The band strives to serve the region, especially miliat starcars8@comcast.net or 360-576-4969. tary organizations, and regularly appears at civic and memorial functions, parades, Celtic activities, highland

Gillies, Lentz and Clan Macleay Featured at January Gathering Drum Major Geordie Patterson opened the January OPS gathering by announcing the guest ensemble of the month, the Clan MacLeay Pipe Band. Led by Pipe Major Michael Hubbard and Drum Corporal Skip Adams, the band marched in with the 4/4 march “At Long Last”. The recital then shifted to an educational focus. Michael gave a brief talk about time signatures and then the band played a 3/4 march “Ariogan”. An example of “idiom” or phrasing in music was presented Clan Macleay Pipe Band after the audience was given an explanation about this musical factor. The band played “Star of the County Down”, first as a slow air in 4/4 time and then again in 6/8 time. The band finished with the hornpipe “Donald MacLeod” set in a march tempo.

Tom Peralta, announcer for the evening, introduced Colin Lentz as the OPS “Local Hero of the Month”. Colin came in playing the 6/4 march “Farewell to Nigg”. Piobaireachd fans then had the opportunity to hear Colin play the ground Colin Lentz and first variation of “The Battle of the Pass of Crief”. He finished his performance with an MSR. The featured soloist was Richard Gillies, who filled in as a substitute for Jori Chisholm. Richard played an entire piobaireachd, “MacLeod’s Salute”, interspersing light music in between the variations in a unique performance. Following this opening act, Richard played a variety of light music and closed with his mother’s favorite tune “Flower of Scotland”.

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Dan DelMain - OPS ‘ Local Hero of the Month

OPS News Updates All local pipe bands and other related musical groups and organizations are reminded that they can take advantage of the newsletter to post news and information about their organization during the OPS year. The newsletter provides a convenient way to keep the community updated about a group’s activities, such as upcoming performances, fundraising and recruiting. The deadline for submissions is two full weeks before the next upcoming OPS gathering. ( See the schedule on the first page of each newsletter for dates. ) Stories and articles should be 150 words or less. Longer stories can be featured but the newsletter editor should be contacted first. Photos and artwork should be digital images no larger than 8” x 10” at 72 - 200 dpi. Send all materials to Joe Hewitt, OPS News editor. Email - joe@spiritone.com Telephone - 503 746 -4480

Dan DelMain

Dan DelMain began learning the highland bagpipe at age 13 in Portland, Ore. After three years of mastering the basic movements and learning the beginner bagpipe tunes, he joined the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band in 1997. During his four years with the band, he won numerous top prizes in both band and solo competitions. After moving to San Francisco for college in 2001, he joined Grade III Prince Charles Pipe Band. In 2003, the band won the Grade III World Championship Pipe Band competition in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently, Dan is a member of Portland Metro Pipe Band, a band he helped create in 2006. In addition to playing with the band, Dan competes in Grade II solo competitions both in Portland and abroad. When he is not piping for prizes, he performs all over Oregon and Southwest Washington for weddings, wakes and parties.

January OPS Competition Results Piping

Piping Judge: Colin MacKenzie There were 11 competitors Chanter: Slow Air

1st - Kyle Prewitt 2nd - Jack Kelley

Adult: 6/8 March

1st - Stuart Vickery 2nd -Christina Shute Grade 4: Strathspey & Reel

1st -Charles Johnston Grade 2: Hornpipe & Jig

1st - Sophie McDuffey 2nd - Colin Lentz

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OPS Competition Mail-in Registration Name: ___________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________ City: ______________________________ State: _____ Zip: ______________ Day Phone: ____________________ Evening Phone: ___________________ e-mail address: ____________________________________________________ Oct. 18___________ Class: ___________________________Fee: _________ Nov. 15 ___________ Class: ___________________________Fee: _________ Dec. 13 ___________ Class: ___________________________Fee: _________ Jan. 17 ___________ Class: ___________________________Fee: _________ Feb. 14

No Competiton this month because of workshop

Mar. 21 __________ Class: ___________________________Fee: _________ Apr. 18 ___________ Class: ___________________________Fee: _________ TOTAL FEE ENCLOSED: _________ All competitors must be prepared to play at check-in and to perform when requested to do so. The check-in times are as follows: Chanter and Grades 4 and 5 check in by 4:30 PM. Adult. Grades 1,2 and 3 check in by 5:00 PM. All Drummers check in by 5:30 PM. The order of play will follow reverse order of entry (first to enter is last to play, including the mail-in registrants). All contestants are required to play in recognizable Highland attire (except for Chanter class). Best of luck.

Mail-in Entries: The registristration fee is $4 per event for OPS members, $5. for visiting competitors. Mail-in registration may be submitted for the entire season or for selected event dates. Order of play will be determined by entry receipt date, giving advantage to those who pre-register versus day-of entries, so mail in early. Payment must accompany registration. (Sorry, there are no refunds for no shows.) Day-of Entries: The entry fee will be $4 per event for OPS members, $5. for visiting competitors. Entries will also be accepted until the check-in deadline on the day of the event. For more information please call Susan Ramsay at (503 )233-1854. email -susanram@easystreet.net Make check payable to OPS and mail registration & check to: Susan Ramsay 2861 S.E Woodward St. Portland, OR 97202-1359

Yes! I want to be a member of OPS and receive this monthly newsletter and notification of special OPS events. Name: _____________________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________ City: __________________________________ State: _________ Zip: ________________ Day Phone: ___________________________ Evening Phone: ______________________ e-mail address: ____________________________________( Email information will be kept confidential ) Memberships:

____________ ($20 per membership of an individual or a family.)

Scholarship Donation: ____________ (Your donation will support scholarships for OPS pipers & drummers.) Total: Please mail your check to:

____________

OPS Membership 3117 NE 30th Ave Portland, OR 97212 -2608

BCPA & OPS Memberships The BC Pipers Association is giving a credit towards its membership dues if you have membership in the Oregon Piper’s Association. This is part of BCPA’s efforts to encourage support of the activities of the local piping societies. This year the credit will be $20 for Individual and Family memberships. Everyone is reminded that you need to be a member of Oregon Piper’s Society to get this credit. If questions contact Gary Warren at ops-newsletter@comcast.net -4-


OPS 2008-2009 Competition Schedule Please note some important changes to this year’s competition schedule and requirements.

recommended to use the mail-in entry form for early registration. All contestants are requred to play in recognizable Highland attire except Chanter class.

Schedule: Detailed listing of events is shown in the chart below. There will be no competition in February because of the planned workshop.

Tune Requirements: All tunes for piping and drumming events are required to be 4 parts. Exceptions are all chanter class and grade 5 piping events where 2 parts of a tune played twice is permitted. Also note specific requirements for certain grade 2 and 1 piping events indicated in the chart below.

Times: -Chanter and Grade 5 - Check in 4:30. Competition 5:00. All other piping grades - Check in 5:00. Be prepared to play. All drumming grades - Check in 5:30. Be prepared to play. You must check in at the competition desk at or before check-in time listed and be prepared to play at check-in time if your steward requests you do so (with the exception of Chanter and Grade 5 entries). Because we take field entries, we cannot predict the order of play in advance, so be prepared to play first. Order of play will follow reverse order of entry (first to enter is last to play). It is

Piping

Membership: If you live in Oregon or the Portland metro area, including Vancouver WA, one needs to be a member of OPS in order to compete. Awards will be given at intermission as in previous years.

February 14

Chanter

March 21

April 18

2/4 March

Any Tune

Adult

2/4 March

Grade 5

2/4 March Piobaireachd Ground and 1st variation

Grade 4 Grade 3

Grade 2

Bruce Gandy Piping Workshop No Competition

Strathspey & Reel Piobaireachd ( submit 2 ) Piobaireachd ( submit 3 )

Grade 1 Tenor Drumming Beginner

2/4 March

Grade 2

2/4 March

Grade 1

MSR

No Drumming This Month

Side Drumming Grade 4

2/4 March

Grade 3

2/4 March

Grade 2

MSR

Grade 1

MSR

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No Drumming This Month


February Piping Workshop to feature Bruce Gandy Traditional Music for the Highland Bagpipe”. We are also pleased that Bruce Gandy will instruct Bruce has instructed both individuals and bands, the annual piping workshop scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 14. spanning the last 20 years, across Canada and the United States. Bruce A former member of the Grade 1 resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, City of Victoria Pipe Band, and the 1987 World Champion 78th Fraser where he is the pipe sergeant of the 78th Highlanders (Citadel). He also Highlanders Pipe Band, Bruce also teaches piping at the Citadel in Halifax. served for three years as the piping instructor at the College of Piping The workshop will again be a two-day affair, with instruction for beginner and and Celtic Performing Arts on intermediate level pipers on Saturday, Prince Edward Island. As a soloist Bruce has won both Feb. 14, and instruction for advanced pipers on Sunday, Feb. 15. Cost for each the coveted Gold and Silver medday is $50. Location of the workshop als at Inverness as well as the Oban Gold Medal, the Bratach Gorm is the OPS / VFW Hall at 837 SE Mill, Portland. and, on five occasions, the New Bruce is also available for a limited York Cup. Bruce is also a noted composer and the past winner of number of individual lessons at $45. Bruce Gandy per hour. Please contact Gail Gibbard ( see below ), three major composing contests and a runner up in the prestigious “Pipe Tune for a People’s Princess” com- for times and availability. petition, held in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. Bruce will be the featured player at the OPS evening He has published four volumes of “Contemporary and program on Saturday night.

OPS February Piping Workshop Bruce Gandy, Instructor

Please register me for the following OPS February Piping Workshop: February 14th

9am – 4:30 pm

Beginner and Intermediate $50

February 15th 9am – 4:30 pm Advanced $50 Location; OPS / VFW Hall at 837 SE Mill, Portland. ( There will be a 1 hr lunch break each day, attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. )

Name:______________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________________ City: __________________________________ State: ____________Zip: _________ Phone: __________________________________ Email: __________________________________ Please mail the attached registration form and check payable to Oregon Pipers’ Society to: Gail Gibbard 19622 SE Cottonwood St. Milwaukie, OR 97267-6826 An email confirmation on your registration will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration form. Registration will be accepted the morning of the seminars dependent upon space availability so it is advisable to pre-register. Please call or email Gail Gibbard with any questions at, 503-650-4492 or email, ggibbard@peoplepc.com -6-


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