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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!

Scotfest 2014

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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!

Spring piping season

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

 

Benny Hughes in “Senior Life”

Our very own Benny Hughes made the front cover of Senior Life magazine (see below). The article highlights his amazing life. Benny has solidified his legendary status in the piping community. We are thrilled that everyone gets to share in the life of this remarkable man. Congratulations, Benny!

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Piping the Pumpkin Patch

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!!

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First place at Tulsa Scottish Fest

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!

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Happy Birthday to Us!

happy birthdayBack 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!

Law enforcement is keeping us busy…in a good way!

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.

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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.

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Busy Season for Piping

Spring time is our busiest time of year, with festivals, graduations, and St. Patty’s Day fun. OSPD debuted new members and some new uniforms and had a fantastic time! We started off the piping season with a charity event for Bob Stoops. Sorry no pictures allowed. As always, it was a good time and for a good cause and we are happy to do it each year.

We did our St. Patty’s Day “warm up” gig at Live on the Plaza. The weather was on the windy side, but warm enough, and it was a chance to show off our new uniforms – all black. Oh, we looked good.

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After another charity gig, we got ready for any bagpipe bands’ dream holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. We played many gigs that day, from playing for our military friends at Tinker AFB to the OKC parade. We again ‘blacked out’ the band – the new uniforms were a hit.

parade band picThe rest of the day was spent playing and throwing back some pints at a few local pubs….many pictures, few that can be shown publicly. No one needs to see what a bunch of pipers look like at the end of pub crawling on St. Patty’s Day!

One of our most memorable performances was playing at the OKC Memorial Day of Remembrance ceremony on April 19. It was indeed an honor.

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We have become regulars at the 89er Day Parade and Iron Thistle Scottish Festival. At Iron Thistle we continue to be a real crowd pleaser year after year – the largest and finest pipe band at the event. This picture ran in The Oklahoman newspaper. iron thistleWe continue to be proud supporters of our local law enforcement. Many members provided solo performances for local police departments during Police Week as well as an OSPD mini-band providing a performance for the Benchmark Police Chief’s Summit in OKC in May.

Our final sheduled performances for the spring season were three different graduation ceremonies for the University of Oklahoma. A tiring day, but we are always willing to play for our friends at OU!

We’ll spend the summer taking some much needed personal time off, learning some new tunes, and maybe getting ready for some piping competitions in the fall!