OCEAN PARK - Highland Musical Arts Summer School of Piping and Drumming is presenting a world-class Scottish music concert Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean Park Retreat Center and Methodist Camp.
The concert will feature chief bagpipe instructor Bob Worrall from Ontario, Canada and chief drum instructor John Scullion, who traveled all the way from Northern Ireland to the Methodist Camp one mile north of the light in Ocean Park.
The bagpipe and drum camp has been at Ocean Park for the last three years. Worrall and Scullion are among eight top-flight instructors who taught over 50 students, the majority of whom are returnees to the camp. Also teaching the seven adults and high school-aged students were Micah Babinski, Rory Grossart, Ryan MacDonald, Keith Paton, Jacquie Troy and James P. Troy. Each of the expert instructors will also be performing Thursday evening, along with several select students.
The concert will cost $10 and $8 for those over 65 or under age 18 and will feature dozens of solo and combined performances on bagpipes and drums. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit Highland Musical Arts Summer School of Piping and Drumming. There is a raffle for a set of $3,400 silver inlay bagpipes, as well.
Students at the school spend the mornings in class and the afternoons practicing their skills on the many trails and secluded settings at the Retreat Center. Evenings are for impromptu performances and recitals by instructors. There is ample time for the students, who come from all over the Pacific Northwest, to explore the ocean beach and pristine setting of the camp.
The school is committed to developing musical education in piping and drumming for students of all ages and experience levels. The class sizes are small and are grouped according to skill level and instruction occurs from Sunday through Thursday.
For more information about Highland Music Arts programs, visit their Web site at (www.hmaschool.org).