Whether at graveside or at a church service, I can provide a most moving and memorable farewell to your loved one. I will arrive at the cemetery well in advance of the Funeral party, then will play a requested tune or a slow Scottish Air as the casket is removed from the hearse, as it is carried to the canopy. My most requested tune to play at the end of the service is Amazing Grace, and I will walk away during the last verse, creating an effective fading sound.
For centuries, bagpipes have been played for weddings not
only in Scotland and Ireland, but
many European countries as well. Now, the bagpipes are becoming more and more
recognized in the United
States. Elegant and stately for church
processionals, recessionals, or simply for the celebration of the occasion, the
instrument heralds the marriage with music that speaks to heritage and
tradition as few other instruments can. I will provide ceremonial music for
the Bride and Groom, including pre-ceremony, ceremonial, and post-ceremony, as
requested. This includes sacred music, traditional, or Scottish music fit for
this occasion. I can also attend the rehearsal prior to the wedding, if desired by the parties involved.
In addition to weddings and funerals, I am available for
the following special occasions: birthdays, retirement and anniversary
celebrations, community festivals and fairs, grand openings and other corporate
events, sporting events such as golf tournaments and half-time entertainment,
historical commemorations, Celtic celebrations, civic events, such as Memorial
Day, Veteran’s Day, 9/11, Fallen Firefighters and Police Memorials, and of
course parades, including Christmas, Military and St. Patrick’s Day. Please
contact me for ideas on how the bagpipe can best fit into the flow and timing
of your event. Scottish attire will be worn and as in Scotland, these
events will be played in rain or in nice weather conditions. Below is a Fallen Firefighter Memorial service I was honored to play.