About Oran Mor

Founded in the fall of 1992 as a Grade Three band competing at local highland games, Oran Mor has grown into a Grade One band featured on the BBC during the World Pipe Band Championships finals.

Oran Mor, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, boasts a roster of more than thirty pipers and drummers, along with volunteer support staff from throughout the east coast of the United States.

In addition to focusing on band and personal development, Oran Mor members are dedicated to mentoring aspiring musicians and guiding them towards musical excellence. Each year, the band hosts several educational events. These events not only teach music fundamentals but promote a stronger piping and drumming community.

Oran Mor also regularly performs with Albany-based musicians The Erin Harkes Band. Their pipe band/rock band fusion style has gained striking popularity throughout the Capital Region of New York and beyond.

Our History

The Oran Mor Pipe Band was founded in late 1992 under the direction of Pipe Major Jim Clough, Lead Drummer Bill MacNeill, and instructor Donald F. Lindsay. Formed as a vehicle for talented players from local bands to strive for a higher musical standard, the band registered in Grade III and centered its activities around Utica and Syracuse, New York. As the band’s membership and skill level grew, Oran Mor quickly climbed to the top of its grade, being named Season Grade III Champions in 1994 and 1996. Following the band’s elevation to Grade II for the 1997 season, the geographic base shifted toward Albany and New York’s Capital Region, where Oran Mor has become strongly rooted.

Under the long-time direction of former Pipe Major Donald Lindsay, the band developed an acclaimed ability to produce great music in the band setting. It has also built a reputation for launching solo players—and more recently, bandsmen—into elite competition. Current Pipe Major Andrew Douglas continues this tradition. Similarly, the drum corps has continually improved through its formative years with Lead Drummer Bill MacNeill (’92-’95), and subsequent drive into Grade II under Lead Drummer Norman McLeod (’95-’99). Lead Drummer Eric MacNeill (’99-2012) continued to set high goals for the corps, routinely consulting with the band’s instructor and mentor, J. Reid Maxwell (Lead Drummer Simon Fraser University Pipe Band). In the fall of 2012, current lead drummer Michael Eagle took the reigns, and works to this day to develop a unique identity for the drum corps in order for the band to “push” the top 10 at the World Pipe Band championships.

Today, Oran Mor boasts a roster of nearly 40 pipers and drummers, an entirely volunteer support staff, and guidance from international giants of the pipe band world. Focused on the future and constantly striving to reach new goals, Oran Mor’s reputation for musical excellence is matched by its reputation for the mentorship of aspiring musicians. The many of Oran Mor’s members instruct multiple solo students and at least one full band.

Competitive Accomplishments

2013:
North American Championships, Ontario Canada: Grade One – 3rd Place Overall

2012:
World Pipe Band Championships, Scotland: Grade One – 15th Place Overall
North Berwick Highland Games, Scotland: Grade One MSR – First Place
North Berwick Highland Games, Scotland: Grade One Medley – Second Place
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade One Champions

2011
World Pipe Band Championships, Scotland: Grade One – Qualified for Final, 14th Place in Final
North Berwick Highland Games, Scotland: Grade One Medley – Second Place
Bridge of Allan Highland Games, Scotland: Grade One MSR – Second Place
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade One Champions

2010
Ulster Championships, Northern Ireland: Grade One – Fourth Place
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade One Champions

2009
Upgraded to Grade One
Queen Mary Highland Games, California: Grade One Medley – First Place
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade One Champions

2008
World Pipe Band Championships, Scotland: Grade Two – Fourth Place
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade Two Champions

2007
Bridge of Allan Highland Games, Scotland: Grade Two MSR – First Place
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade Two Champions

2000 – 2008
Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Grade Two Champions

1997
Upgraded to Grade Two

1992
Grade Three band formed

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