Celebrating, teaching, and fostering the music and culture of the Great Highland Bagpipe in southeast Massachusetts and beyond.
Quincy Flag Day 2021
WHO WE ARE: Old Colony Highlanders is an inter-generational bagpipe and drum band devoted to fostering the music and culture of the Great Highland Bagpipe and drums through performance and competition in southeastern New England and beyond. The band practices locally in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band was founded in 2016 with by an an experienced family of bagpipers and drummers a group of pipers and drummers from Middleborough, Massachusetts. In 2018, the Old Colony Highlanders entered the competition arena for the first time, competing at a variety of highland games throughout the region. Highlights of the season included coming in first place at their first competition at the Rhode Island Games and second at the New Hampshire Scottish Festival at Loon Mt, where OCH was also awarded the Dress and Deportment Award. At year end, Old Colony Highlanders finished second in grade 5 in the cumulative 2018 results of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association--in the first year of competing. The band has continued to compete and been ranked in the top three of their respective grade in the eastern US each year.
OCH also teaches bagpiping and drumming in addition to performing in local and regional events in addition to competing at bagpipe band competitions.
Band rehearsals are located in the center of the southeast quadrant of Massachusetts in Lakeville, MA. OCH is fortunate to be able to rehearse in a quaint New England church parish hall just off Route 495.
The founders of the band are a family of pipers and drummers who have received many individual distinctions and awards, and possess a variety of experience playing in pipe bands. The membership of the Old Colony Highlanders ranges from very experienced players to beginners and from adolescent through retirees. Members travel from all over the region including the towns of Medfield, Middleboro, Lakeville, Kingston, Norwood, Bridgewater, Grafton, Norwood, Walpole, New Bedford, Whitman, Taunton, Plymouth, Hingham, Belmont, Newport and Kingston, RI and others. Band members and band students have a common love of the music and desire to learn and be the best they can be.
The band is open to experienced bagpipe band members as well as those interested in learning bagpipes or drums. Contact Pipe Major Diane Wood-Bielski at 508-947-4383 or OldColonyhpb@comcast.net with questions regarding lessons or joining the band, or hiring the band for events.
First Place at the Rhode Island Scottish Festival
OCH Snare Drummer Stewart Goff accompanying the band on a St. Patrick's Day event.