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.
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.
The 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.
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. We 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!