Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Donald Linsday steps down from Oran Mor Pipe Band

After leading the Oran Mor Pipe Band for 18 years, Donald Lindsay has announced that he will be taking a break from playing in order to pursue his passion of teaching. “At this point in my life,” Donald said, “I feel drawn to turn more of my attention to teaching soloists and bands.”

In the early 1990’s, Donald was approached with the idea of forming the Oran Mor Pipe Band and was invited to be the instructor and Pipe Major. In the fall of 1992, he accepted the position and the band was formed.

From its beginning years in Grade 3, Donald taught Oran Mor members how to unite in the spirit of working together to achieve something musical that they had not done before. His overall vision for the group was always several steps ahead of its position at the time. As the band’s biggest “cheerleader,” Donald constantly insisted that if the group kept working hard, it would be able to achieve any goal.

A teacher at heart, Donald’s goal for Oran Mor was to provide an opportunity for excellent musicians to gain experience at playing at a higher level and continuing to learn. He hoped that players would then take what they learned back to their local bands and continue the cycle. His wish came true.
Many bands throughout the regions surrounding Albany, NY, home to Oran Mor, have leadership and members who have learned from Donald and the experience he gave them in Oran Mor. Donald taught his players to always put the music first, and that to achieve their goals, they needed to look beyond the local scene and strive to reach for the bigger picture.

Oran Mor achieved many of its goals thanks to the leadership of Donald. In 1997, Oran Mor began competing in Grade 2; In 2004, the band made it far beyond the “local scene,” finishing 10th place in the Grade 2 at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow; In 2008, the band was upgraded to Grade 1.

“It has been a great privilege to work with members of the Oran Mor Pipe Band for the past several years,” Donald stated. “In that time, we have produced great music and formed an excellent musical organization. We have been blessed with many great friendships. I have enjoyed being part of the development of so many excellent pipers and drummers.”

After the 2008 season, Donald passed on the role of Pipe Major of Oran Mor to his long-time student, Andrew Douglas. Donald continued on as Pipe Sergeant to ensure a smooth transition for three years, and played a major role in the band's early successes in Grade 1. More confident than ever in the band, Donald stated: “I feel that Oran Mor is in excellent hands under the current leadership, and has never been sounding better!”

"It has been an emotional period for me and many others in the band, as Donald has been such a huge part of the band for many years.,” said Andrew Douglas. “I joined Oran Mor in 1994, and Donald has been there every step of the way for me. Even when I left the band to play with SFU from 2002 to 2007, Donald was always just a phone call away, ready and able to provide the encouragement that I often needed! I look forward to many years of service to Oran Mor, filling his shoes as best I can."

"The Oran Mor drum corps is where it is today because of the vision and support I received from Donald many years ago. I learned a lot from Donald and playing in his band has meant a lot to me. I will be forever grateful for his encouragement," said the band's lead drummer, Eric MacNeill.

Although you won’t see him in the circle, Donald plans to continue his relationship with Oran Mor. He will be a judge at the band’s indoor solo contests this winter, and serve as an instructor at the band's spring training workshop in April 2011. Plans are also underway to hold a formal reception and send-off for Donald this spring.

Oran Mor cannot begin to thank Donald enough for his many years of dedication, encouragement and guidance he offered along the way. He truly is, and will continue to be, an inspiration to all.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mark Your Calendars! Oran Mor Indoor Dates

Mark your calendars!

We've announced the dates of their Indoor Contests for 2011!

Indoor 1: January 8th, 2011
Indoor 2: February 26th, 2011

These are great contests for any and all that want to get a jump on the solo-competition year. All grades are offered, including professional!

The contests are also sanctioned by the EUSPBA, so its a great chance to get some early points! Check out the EUSPBA event calendar.

Registration is coming soon for both events. Keep an eye on oranmorpipeband.com for updates!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Oran Mor named EUSPBA Grade 1 Champions

Glasgow Land Scottish Festival: July 17, 2010
Click here for photos.

Oran Mor Pipe Band:

City of Washington Pipe Band:

Click here for all band results.

(Rusty) Anchors aweigh!

Watervliet, NY -- Oran Mor's guest bartending fundraiser held at the Rusty Anchor on July 12th proved to be a huge success! The time and talent of Laura Daniels (B95.5 FM) and Ryan Peterson (YNN Your News Now) behind the bar allowed Oran Mor to raise nearly $2,000 to help fund their journey across the pond for the World Pipe Band Championships this August. Oran Mor performing with the Erin Harkes Band really wowed the crowd....Take a peek:

This event was also featured on the Road the Worlds tour, which showcases the journeys of the world’s top pipe bands as they prepare for the Worlds. Oran Mor is one of three Grade 1 pipe bands traveling to Scotland from the U.S. to compete this year.

Andrew Douglas, pipe major of Oran Mor, said: "The World Pipe Band Championships is, as it sounds, the apex of the Pipe Band world. An American band has never won the Worlds - so, not only are we doing this to play great music and challenge ourselves; we're also trying to put our country on the piping map, which for many of us is very meaningful."

Click here for more photos:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Learn more about Eric Ouellette...

Matt Ehalt, a recent graduate of SU's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, visited us during this past April's Spring Training Workshop in Saratoga Springs to produce a video about Oran Mor piper Eric Ouellette. Follow the link below to view the piece on Eric, his roommate's thoughts on living with a bagpiper, and highlights from the Spring Trianing Workshop...

Syracuse University graduate Eric Ouellette is an active member of the Oran Mor Pipe Band, teaching aspiring players in his free time and aspiring to be a member of the best pipe band in the world.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Oran Mor 2nd at Colonial Games - watch the contest here!

Youtube videos from the Colonial Games this past weekend in Fair Hill, Maryland.

Grade 1 MSR

First Place, 78th Frasers:

Second Place, Oran Mor

Third Place, City of Washington

Grade 1 Medley:

First Place, 78th Frasers:

Second Place, Oran Mor

Third Place, City of Washington

Special Thanks to Chase Hamilton for the video footage!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

OMPB Announces 2010 Competitive Repertoire and Schedule

Today, the Oran Mor Pipe Band formally announces its 2010 competitive repertoire, and contest schedule:

Please come out and support the band in its efforts to win the World Pipe Band Championships in 2010!!!


Medley #1
Alex MacDonald
Laird of Drumblair
Birks of Abergeldie
High Road to Linton
Mingulay Boat Song
Jimmy Ward's Jig
Alex MacDonald

Medley #2
Dave's Tune
Rory MacLeod
Loch Monar
Blackley of Hillsdale
Charms of Whiskey
Gravel Path
Loch Monar Reprise

MSR #1
Highland Wedding
Maggie Cameron
John Morrison of Assynt House

MSR #2
Braes of Baddenock
Susan McLeod
Loch Carron

Contest Schedule:

April 10th, Concord NH

May 15th, Newark DE

June 5th, Liberty Corner NJ

July 17th, Florence MA

July 24th-25th, Herkimer NY

August 7th, County Down, Ireland

August 14th, Glasgow Scotland

September 4th-5th, Altamont NY