About Our Band
1The Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band is made up of bagpipers and drummers ages 8 to 18 years from the Portland and Vancouver area. These dedicated children and young adults attend band practice weekly, take private lessons with professional instructors, and utilize regular practice in preparation for Highland Game competitions. Competition results speak to the effectiveness of our program.
Join Our Band
2Is your son or daughter a beginner, developing, or advanced piper or drummer between 8 and 18 years old? If so, contact our Band Manager for details about your child becoming a band member. Also ask to attend a band practice or enroll in a free workshop. We welcome you to join us!
Hire Our Band
3Hire our young award winning musicians to deliver a professional sound and inspiring performance at your next event. Our Band Manager will work closely with you to customize a memorable performance.
Hear Our Band
4Stay tuned as we post video of past performances and a calendar of events future Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band performances and competitions.
Advanced reservation ticket price: Adults: $15 and Youth $10
Purchased tickets at the door: Adults: $20 and Youth $15
Advanced reservation tickets can be made by emailing email@example.com with your name and number of tickets to be held at will call the day of the Showcase. Payment will then be made at the door with cash, credit card, or check.
Benefit Concert for Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band / Pipe Bands / Solo Pipers / Celtic Dancers / Scottish Folk Dancers / Silent Auction
Several Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band (PMYPB) players moved up in grade as a result of summer competition. The competition is adjudicated by the British Columbia Piper’s Association (BCPA). PMYPB received more individual grade increases from the BCPA than any other youth band. The following PMYPB received mandatory upgrades:
Jack T. – Grade 2 piping to Grade 1.
Ian T. – Grade 2 piping to Grade 1.
Lauren T. – Grade 4 drumming to Grade 3.
Raasi R. – Grade 5 piping to Grade 4.
Lily D. – Grade 5 piping to Grade 4.
Jack K. – Grade 5 piping to Grade 4.
Donald F. – Grade 5 piping to Grade 4.
Donate to the Joe Hewitt Memorial Scholarship Fund
In Memory Of Joe Hewitt
(August 31, 1946 – November 25, 2009)
The Joe Hewitt Fund was created to honor the legacy of the late Earle Joseph Hewitt. Joe was the co-founder of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and bass drummer for the Portland Metro Pipe Band. Joe loved to teach kids and said his biggest satisfaction was seeing so many former students go onto become first class players. One of his goals as the chief instructor for the Youth Band drum section, was to pass on his love of drumming and piping to a younger generation. In establishing this fund, we hope to honor Joe and his spirit of excellent instruction for local musicians, and provide young players with an opportunity and foundation to become the next generation of skilled drummers and pipers. We also hope The Joe Hewitt Fund will help foster the growth of Scottish culture in Oregon and SW Washington.
Contributions to the Joe Hewitt fund qualify as a tax deduction to a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Fund will be used to provide scholarships for workshop and lessons for youth piping and drumming students. Scholarship applications to the Fund are independently considered and decided upon by the Joe Hewitt Fund Board of Trustees.
Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band (PMYPB) competed at the Portland Highland Games on July 21, 2012 and took 1st Place in Grade 4. The band then Challenged up to Grade 3 and scored another 1st Place. The band’s Chief Instructor, Mark Tomasetti, and Lead Drumming Instructor, Ted McKnight, are dedicated to teaching children and young adults to play bagpipes and drums in authentic Highland form for both solo and band competitions. PMYPB is the Pacific Northwest’s only competing bagpipe band composed entirely of youth. For more information about having your child begin learning or advancing in competitive and performance bagpiping and drumming, we welcome you to contact our Band Manager, Phil Rush (503) 358-1180, for details.
Not only do you have to be an amazing piper to be a Grade 2 solo competitor, you have to be nearly flawless in order to be the aggregate winner at any of the Northwest Highland Games. With yesterday’s wins at the Skagit Valley Highland Games behind him, Ian looks forward to carrying his momentum into next week’s Portland Highland Games.
Raasi reeled in her first career aggregate win and said, “It felt good.” When asked what was she thinking about while keeping the beat in her aggregate grade 4 drumming win Lauren said, “I can’t think when I’m drumming.” Both will compete with their band, the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band, later today.
The Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band played for McCormick and Schmick’s Grill patrons on Saint Patrick’s Day. The event kicked off with the band marching through the grill playing their competition march and then Scotland the Brave. The evening continued with solo performances approximately every fifteen minutes and was closed with a full band finale. PMYPB greatly appreciated the opportunity to play for McCormick and Schmick’s!
Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band’s (PMYPB) mission is to promote and advance the learning and performance of highland music, through youth, in Oregon and Southwest Washington. PMYPB provides a safe age appropriate environment to learn highland music through the age of 18. It is the intention of the PMYPB that at age 18, a PMYPB musician will become a competitive player in the adult Portland Metro Pipe Band.
In preparation for the BC Indoor Raasi kept up her piping while visiting Washington DC during spring break. According to Raasi, the most memorable moment of the trip was a visit to “DC Cupcakes” in Georgetown.