Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an open house at the Lakeville United Church of Christ on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The public is invited to come hear the band play and meet with the members after. Anyone who might be interested in learning the bagpipes or snare, tenor or bass drum is encouraged to attend. The band welcomes experienced drummers and bagpipers and also teaches lessons for those wishing to learn. Students are invited to try a few classes with no obligation to join the full program.
The evening will begin with a brief sampling of music, followed by an opportunity to meet the members of the band, ask questions and learn about the instruments, lessons, and joining the band.
Old Colony Highlanders (OCH) rehearses Thursday evenings at Lakeville United Church of Christ. The band performs in parades, concerts, community events throughout the region. OCH is looking forward to fielding a competition team to represent southeast Massachusetts for 2018. The band is a multi-generational organization that began with a corp membership of the Bielski family’s bagpiping students, and has grown from there. Current membership ranges in age from 8 years to retirement age, with players from very experienced to beginner.
The band was founded by a Middleboro family of bagpipers and drummers, with extensive experience. The Bielski family has played in their own family band as well as having played in larger pipe bands on Cape Cod, Boston and Albany, New York. They all have very successful competitive solo and performance experience. Old Colony Highlanders was started with the desire to bring that home to this region, as well as to be a source for the greater community to experience the culture and music of the great highland bagpipes and drums.
Further information can be found on the band’s Facebook page or website regarding the open house and donating, www.oldcolonyhighlanders.org or contact the Pipe Major at (508)947-4383.