Posted on November 4, 2015.
We welcome the return of Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, a competitive and concert pipe band based in Vancouver, B.C., as the Guest Band this year.
Originally established in 1971 the band was promoted to Grade 1 after winning the North American Pipe Band Championships in 2007. It is one of the top three pipe bands in North America and is now ranked 8th in the world.
The 42-member band is led by Pipe Major David Hilder, Drum Major Peter Hendrickson, and Pipe Sergeant Shaunna Hilder. In addition to Vancouver, B.C. pipers and drummers the band includes award-winning pipers and drummers from Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, as well as, from Washington state and Scotland. The band wears the MacLean of Duart Weathered Tartan.
Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band holds the honor of being the first band outside of Scotland to win a major World Championship prize, winning "The Sash" in 1979 under Lead Drummer Willie McErlean.
In August of 2014 Dowco Triumph Street travelled once again to Glasgow, Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green. The band successfully qualified for the Grade 1 final for a sixth consecutive year, finishing 10th place overall in world and 2nd in North America. The band will be competing again this year at the World Championships held in Glasgow on August 14th and 15th, 2015.
Posted on June 29, 2015.
It is with great pleasure that the Portland Highland Games Association honors Jim Young, long-time "Friend of the Games," as the 2015 Chieftain of the Day.
We can thank John for the long relationship that the Games has had with KGW Radio/TV and News Channel 8. It began as early as 1985 and continues to this day. John has always felt that the Portland Highland Games not only displayed the wealth of Scottish heritage in the Pacific Northwest, but would also showcase Portland on an international stage.
John Young is a native Portlander and born of Scottish grandparents from Glasgow. He grew up in North Portland and Beaverton and attended Oregon State and Portland State Universities, graduating in 1971. John began his career in advertising and marketing with ESCO Steel, followed by four years in radio broadcasting sales before joining KGW TV Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in the Rose City, as a Sales Account Executive. He considers it as the best job in the world.
Golf, with its deep roots in Scotland, has also been an important part of John’s life. In addition to participating in several PHGA Kilted Golf tournaments, he has been involved with the Tournament Golf Foundation and the LPGA effort in Oregon for more than three decades. He was tournament chairman in 1993 and 1994 and is proud to be able to say that the group¹s effort has contributed over 17 million dollars to locally based children¹s charities in the Portland market.
John has made several trips to Scotland, both for golf and to visit close friends. He and his wife, Jenny, plan to visit more often now that he has retired after 35 years at KGW TV.
To quote John, "I am a Scot and darn proud of it!”
We thank you, John, for your enthusiastic support of the Portland Highland Games -- helping us foster and preserve traditional Scottish Highland culture in the Northwest.
Posted on June 23, 2015.
We invite you to come and join us, take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn the fun social dances traditionally danced at a Ceilidh. Everyone is welcome to join in and all ages are welcome---novice to experienced alike.
The traditional Gaelic Social Gathering, or House Party, is frequently referred to as a Ceilidh (Kay-lee), "a visit". A Ceilidh may include folk music and singing, traditional dancing, storytelling, poetry, readings, step dancing, skits and jokes; a casual do-it-yourself form of entertainment within the local community.
This year, Fiddle Judge Judi Nicholson and keyboardist Lisa Scott are playing for the Ceilidh dancing session at 3:30 p.m. in the Gym. All dances will be taught and called by Marge Mcleod van Nus.
Come and learn these fun Celtic social dances and be ready to kick up your heels at your next Ceilidh, wherever your travels may take you! There is no fee and no need to sign up ahead of time.
Posted on June 22, 2015.