WELCOME! We are Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums, the NEW premiere pipe band in the Oklahoma City metro area! Our band is comprised of people from all walks of life – law enforcement, government workers, educators, business owners, and health care professionals – so you are sure to feel at home. To attract and maintain such a varied group we have a strong educational program that will keep the serious piping student challenged and help the beginner piper develop and maintain their skills. So take a look at our website and what our band has to offer. You can be sure that when you hire the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums for your event, you are hiring the best!
The band started off our March Madness month of piping by playing for the 52nd Norman Police Academy graduation on March 5. We have had the honor of playing for their graduating classes for the past few years. Two days later we played at a downtown OKC rally – “E Pluribus Unum” – to support our first responders. OSPD is always proud to support our local men and women in uniform!
We had a great time at Scotfest in Tulsa this year. Many of the band members arrived on Friday night to enjoy the festival. On Saturday, we competed against two other bands in the pipe band competition, tying for a second place finish. That afternoon we played with the rock band Celtica, something we have been doing for a few years now. That set is always a huge hit with the crowd. And this year we had some dancers from the Laura Ladymon Dance school join us!
With the pipe band competition behind us, Sunday was much more relaxed. We played a few sets around the festival, played another set with Celtica, and basically enjoyed yet another fabulous Scotfest of food, fun, and most importantly, piping!
It’s been a busy spring piping season. We started off with a rescheduled Kirkin’ of the Tartan celebration at St. Michael’s in Norman. The weather didn’t cooperate again, but we managed to put on a good show!
We had our usual rowdy St. Paddy’s Day weekend of piping. Friday night was piping at Live on the Plaza in the Plaza District in OKC. Always a good time. On Saturday we participated in the OKC St. Patrick’s Day parade with other bands from the area. We met a few “characters” from the floats nearby. Andrew took the time to give a few free drum lessons to some of the other drummers while we were waiting for the parade to start.
St. Patrick’s Day hit on a Monday, but that didn’t stop us. Starting out the day with a couple of hours of piping at VZDs, we then headed to McNellie’s in OKC to play a few sets at their outdoor party. We ended up, as usual, rocking the upstairs at McNellie’s in Norman. No pipe band around gets the crowd as rowdy as we do. Just ask the people on the first floor!
We had the pleasure of piping at a corporate event in Tulsa one Friday evening for the Bama Corporation. The event included a celebration of many different cultures.
We have many more gigs scheduled in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
We made it to BBC America’s top 10 list of British things about Oklahoma City, OK. In fact, we are #4 on the list. Here is the link to the article. Enjoy!
We had a wonderful time piping at the annual Pumpkin Festival held at St. Matthews Church. The church is gracious enough to lend us their facilities for practice two nights a week so the band is more than happy to be able to show our appreciation with a performance or two. We just wish is wasn’t so cold!!
Members of OSPD took first place in the pipe band competition at the Scottish Festival held in Tulsa, OK! We had a lot of competition from some very fine pipe bands in the region but we managed to pull out a win. Additionally, our very own Bryan Crable swept the grade II solo competition. Congratulations, Bryan!
Back in August we celebrated our 15th birthday as a band. Only two members remain from the original group (Paul Sinclair and Benny Hughes). Through the years we have added many new members to our band family, each one offering their own unique gifts to the group. We are a varied bunch, a crazy crew from all walks of life. Yet somehow we make it work and have a heck of a good time along the way. If you were able to join us for our celebration, thanks for sticking with us. If you weren’t able to make it, consider this your invitation to the party for our 20th birthday! Sláinte!
We are proud supporters of our law enforcement brothers and sisters. This summer we have had the opportunity to show that support by playing at many law enforcement functions.
In July, we welcomed the newest officers to the Norman Police Department at their graduation ceremony.
We also played at the The Benchmark Cities Police Chiefs Summit in OKC. Some of our members are in local and federal law enforcement so they showed up in their Honor Guard uniform.