Monday, October 3, 2011

A Highland Fling at the Cedar Mill Library Oct. 7th

A Highland Fling on the Mezzanine

To mark Oregon Days of Culture, the Cedar Mill Library is proud to present a special Music on the Mezzanine featuring highland pipes played by Matt Rucker, Cedar Mill's own resident bagpiper. The program begins at 7 pm on Friday, October 7.

Matt began learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes in the spring of 2006. His instructor is Mark Tomasetti, Pipe Major of the Portland Metro Pipe Band.  Matt played for two years as Pipe Sergeant of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and currently plays as a member of the Portland Metro Pipe Band. Last summer Matt placed second in the Grand Aggregate for Grade Two Solo Competition in the Pacific Northwest. Next August, Matt will travel to Glasgow Green, Scotland to compete in The World Pipe Band Championships.

As the Great Highland Bagpipe tends to be a bit overpowering for a library setting, Matt will be playing a shuttle pipe made by John Walsh Bagpipes. For variety, he will also play a set using a penny whistle.

The 4th annual Oregon Days of Culture takes place between October 1 and 8. It's the 9th anniversary of Oregon's unique and powerful cultural tax credit. Presented by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Days of Culture celebrates the vibrancy of Oregon heritage, humanities and arts. The eight-day celebration showcases everyday culture in every Oregon community. Find all event listings at and while you're there (between October 1-31), submit your photo of Oregon culture for the chance to win $1,000 in cash, fancy cameras, and other swell prizes.