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In Our 22nd Year!

Volume 22 – January 2010

Guest Performer – Richard Gillies

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Richard Gillies – Featured Performer

regon Pipers’ Society is proud to welcome our very own Richard Gillies.

Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band January’s “Ensemble Group” OPS Community News

Richard began his piping in South Africa in January 2000, at the age of 8. He received his instruction from Chris Macaulay, and later from P/M Jimmy Elston of the Krugersdorp Pipe Band, a band which Richard joined shortly after. After emigrating to the USA in 2003, he joined the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band, receiving tuition from Patrick Case and Jeff Brewer. He is currently taking lessons from Jori Chisholm and Bruce Gandy; and he plays with the Portland Metro Pipe Band. Richard is a regular competitor in the BCPA Solo competition circuit. He began competing in solo competitions in 2004 where he won the Grade 5 BCPA Grand Aggregate award for Piping. He is the only piper to win the BCPA Grand Aggregate award from Grade 5 to Grade 1 in consecutive years and won the Grade 1 Aggregate for the second time at the end of the 2009 season. Some of his amateur piping achievements include: 2008 3rd Overall George Sherriff 2008 2nd Overall Metro Cup 2008 MacCrimmon Quaich for Piobaireachd 2009 Grade 1 BC Indoors Aggregate Winner 2009 1st place 6/8 March Nicol Brown 2009 1st place Overall George Sheriff Richard will be moving into the Open events this year, Piping in the Professional Competitions.

Burns Night Supper Saturday, January 23, 2010 Governor Hotel Portland December Meeting Recap OPS Membership Form Competition Rules, Schedule, and Mail- in Registration

Meeting Details: Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010 Location: Oregon Pipers’ Society VFW Hall, 837 SE Mill, Portland Times:

5 p.m. – Solo Piping Contest 7:30 p.m. – Program

Entry Fee: $5 for OPS members $7 for non-members Membership Dues: $20 for individual/family –Includes email monthly OPS News.

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Guest Band – The Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band


PS welcomes the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band, Oregon's newest youth band and part of the musical instruction program of the Grade 2 Portland Metro Pipe Band. The PMYPB enjoyed a successful first season in Grade 4 beginning at the BC Indoor competition in April of last year. A highlight was winning 2nd Place in the Washington State Grade 4 Pipe Band Championship at the Skagit Valley Highland Games. The band was formed in October of 2008 by Mark Tomasetti and Joe Hewitt. Now in their second season, Mark Tomasetti continues as Chief Piping Instructor and Ted McKnight is the Chief Drumming Instructor. The Pipe Major is Alistair Ramsay and the Drum Sergeant is James McKnight. The youth band is composed of players age 12 to 18 from throughout the Portland/Vancouver area. These talented youth represent the next generation of pipers and drummers; and, through the instruction and mentorship in the Portland Metro program, will have the opportunity to extend their band careers into their adulthoods. Moving into 2010, the band continues to grow and is looking forward to the upcoming competitive season.

In addition to its own development, the PMYPB is active in promoting the appreciation of Highland music in the community. They sponsored a successful student workshop at the University of Portland last fall, and are planning another workshop for October of 2010 followed by a Celtic Showcase concert. In addition to summer competitions, the youth band is active in the Oregon Pipers' Society and also performs throughout the Portland-Vancouver area. A 2009 highlight was piping in NBA player Greg Oden to an autograph signing. The band also has a program for beginning players and welcomes new students of any level. For information, please contact the band managers, Stuart and Susan Ramsay at: 503-233-1854; Email:; The Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band is a non-profit 501(c)3 and survives solely on the support of the community. The band is working hard to raise money to outfit players in matching kilts and needs and welcomes individual and corporate contributions.

OPS Community News


ortland Metro Pipe Band’s second annual Burns Supper will take place on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Governor Hotel at 6 p.m. Hosted by Burns Scholar Geoff Frasier, the evening will feature a traditional Burns Supper meal, complete with Haggis and whiskey toast, recitation of Burns poetry, entertainment by the band, Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and Toot Suite, as well as a silent auction. The Portland Metro Burns Supper is quickly becoming the premier Burns event in the Portland area and is the

band’s chief fundraising event of the year. Tickets are $75 per person. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a contribution of cash or product to help make the evening a success. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the printed program created for the event. Portland Metro Pipe Band is a 501(c)(3) organization so your gift

will be tax-deductible. For tickets or information on donations, please contact Julie Piper Finley at 503-318-1362 or at

December’s Highlights


ur December program began on a sad note as we bid farewell to our long time friend, teacher, and mentor, Joe Hewitt. The Portland Metro Pipe Band opened with a competition hornpipe they wrote in his honor, “Drum Sergeant E. Joe Hewitt”.


he 3rd Annual Kitchen Competition drew fewer entrants this year. While short on numbers, only four, they were long on entertainment value. Our first entrant was a solo performance by Matt Rucker. He played the ground of a still unnamed Piobaireachd he wrote in memory of Joe Hewitt and followed up with Gordon Duncan’s lively “Belly Dancer”. Contestant number two was a lively trio of pipers called A.L.L. playing a hornpipe named “The Pie-eyed Piper”. Alistair Ramsey led the trio, with Logan Chavez in the role of “tall” elf and Liam Bacon as “sexy Santa”. Next came the Aloha Christmas Piper, Annette Allen wearing Scottish formalwear decorated to look like a hula outfit. Annette played a medley of “Aloha Oe”,” Dark Island”, “Tiny Bubbles”, and “Blue Christmas”. Our last contestant was Midwinter Night’s Dream complete with Laurie Leong, Mary Bonds, and Cece Fuller as piping fairies and Victor Scheidler as the Drumming Wizard. Additional cast members included a flutist who led the group in playing “Peer Gynt” as well as a young fairy and young wizard. At the end of their performance

the lights were turned down and the fairies exited with only the lights from their wings to guide them. The audience selected Midwinter Night’s Dream as the most entertaining performance.


fter the competition, the audience settled in for a very enjoyable performance by a long time favorite: professional piper and drummer, Jamie Troy. He began with a 4/4 march set including “Battle of Waterloo”, “Jingle Bells”, and “Lord Lovat’s Lament.” From there he moved on through many varied sets including 6/8 marches, hornpipes, and jigs for around forty minutes of sheer entertainment.

2009 December OPS Competition Results Piping Judge: Mr. James P. Troy Chanter-Any Tune Exhibition-Kyle Prewitt Grade 5-2/4 March 1stRick Campbell 2ndTorrin Kelly rd 3 Russell Prewitt

Grade 3-Piobaireachd 1stAlistair Ramsay 2ndMatt Rucker 3rdElijah Kolmes

Grade 1-MSR (Submit two each) 1stPat Case 2ndColin Lentz Congratulations to all competitors regardless of placing!

OPS 2009-2010 Competition Schedule Schedule: Detailed listing of events is shown in the chart below. There will be no competition in February because of the planned workshop. 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 checkin 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 entry (first to enter is last to play). It is recommended to use the mail-in entry form for early registration.

All contestants are required to play in recognizable Highland attire except Chanter class. Tune Requirements: All tunes for piping and drumming events are required to be 4 parts. Exceptions are all changer 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. Membership: If you live in Oregon or the Portland metro area, including Vancouver, WA, you need to be a member of OPS in order to compete. Awards will be given at program intermission.

Competition Schedule - Pipers January 16th Chanter

Slow Air


6/8 March

February 13th

2/4 March

Any Tune

Slow Air 6/8 March

6/8 March Strathspey & Reel

Workshop (no competition)

Grade 3 Grade 2

April 24th

2/4 March

Grade 5 Grade 4

March 27th

2/4 March Piobaireachd (submit 2)

Jig Hornpipe & Jig

Piobaireachd (submit 3)

Grade 1

Jig (submit 2 – tune to be played twice)

Competition Schedule - Drummers January 16th

February 13th

March 27th

Grade 5 (pad)

2 parts of 6/8 March

Grade 4

6/8 March

Grade 3

Workshop (no competition)

6/8 March

Grade 2

Hornpipe/ Jig

Grade 1


April 24th

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