Pipes and Drums Unit

Pipes and Drums of ORAK has been a featured and favorite group in the Northwest Indiana and Chicago South Suburbs for several years now. The band performs in the traditional, Scottish Highland uniforms. Kilts worn are the red and black

That is the "Black Stewart tartan kilt" with other authentic Scottish regalia, officially registered to Pipes and Drums of ORAK by the authorities having jurisdiction. Pipes and drums of ORAK has marched a long way since its formation in 1977 by our founding Pipe Major Jim McRae. Many miles later in 2002 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary as a marching band.  A celebrated fixture, at many Northwest Indiana and Chicago South Suburban, parades, community festivals, and hundreds of other special events, the bands motto may well be "We march so children can walk."

At the heart of every performance is the music, which moves and inspires all that hear the skirl of the pipes and the beating of the drums.  From the traditional tunes like "Scotland the Brave and Amazing Grace" to the new favorites like "The Marines Hymn, God Bless America, and Yankee Doodle Dandy" the music enriches our lives, our leisure, and brings smiles to everyone who hears.  Most of all the music and sound is regional, rhythmic and rousing!

Throughout all of the efforts to learn and perform, an overriding mission of volunteering to help our Shriners Children's Hospitals while simultaneously have fun, lead to a satisfying and enriching fellowship.



 

 

2018 Pipes and Drums Officers & Information

Description of Unit: Band perfoms in traditional Highland uniforms. Kilts worn are the red and black "Black Stewart tartan kilt" with other authentic Scottish regalia, officially registered to Pipes and Drums of Orak by the authorities having jurisdiction. We have marched a long way since its formation in 1977 by our founding Pipe Major, Jim McRae. Many miles later in 2002 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary as a marching band. A celebrated fixture at many Northwest IN and Chicago South Suburban parades, community festivals, and hundreds of other special events, the bands motto may well be "We march so children can walk". Prerequisites & Special Requirements for Joining: Noble in Good Standing

President: Andrew Nowaczyk (219)-670-7708 andrew-nowaczyk@bp.com

Pipe Major: Tom Houts (708)-712-5210 tomstelephone@yahoo.com

Appearances Unit Makes:Varies about 20 per season

Treasurer: Wayne Hodgetts (219)-746-3011 waynehodgetts52@gmail.com

Meeting Dates:1st Thursday of each month @ 7:30 pm Practices every Thurdsay @ 7:30 pm

Secretary: Eric Estes (219)-964-7545 eestes@goscheck.com

Membership Size: 15 Nobles

Dues: $13 per year

Location of Meeting: St. John VFW 10400 W. 93rd St., St. John, IN 46373

Type of Uniforms:P & D traditional uniforms Great Highland Kilt

Special Events:Parades, picnics, Christmas Party, Tartan Ball