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Rich. Bright. Powerful. Enveloping. Beautiful.

What is it about the bagpipe?

The power and richness of the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe makes the instrument one of the most impressive and unique instruments in existence. The warm tone of the drones envelopes the crowd, while the brightness of the melody rolling off the chanter cuts through the envelope to create the perfect harmony that wraps the crowd in a blanket of music. Whether a somber slow air or a lively hornpipe, the experience of listening to a live piper is one that is never forgotten.

Do you want to leave a impression on your guests? Is there a key part of the event, such as entrance of an important group or person? Is there a tradition of having a piper at your event? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then a piper would certainly be a fine addition to your event.

I am proud to play a bagpipe made by Roddy MacLellan of Monroe, NC. Roddy is arguably one of the top two current pipemakers in the world.

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How can a piper be used at my event?

Of course each and every event is unique and as such the use of a piper with be different for each event. However, these are some general recommendations that can be tailored to fit your event and your personal tastes.

As guests arrive -- Having the piper play near the entrance to the event is a wonderful greeting that serves as a beacon to guide the guests to the location.

Introducing important attendees with stately, complex time marches is a time-honored use of the bagpipe.

Marking important times -- such as a call to dinner -- with a hornpipe or a reel.

Entertainment with a variety of music such as well-known marches, lively jigs, hornpipes, strathspey, and reels.

Ending the event with a cup of kindness and a wee tune, for Auld Lang Syne.

Piping the Lament such as Flowers of the Forest or Amazing Grace in remembrance of those that have gone before us.

The sky is truly the limit for how a bagpipe may add to an event.

 

What should I look for in a piper?

Piping is very complex and challenging, thus one must be careful when selecting a piper. Fortunately, nearly every good piper will have played in solo piping competitions, and this makes it easy to tell which pipers are best suited for your event. Simply ask for the piper's solo competition grade. Open is the highest grade, followed by grade 1, down to grade 4 as the lowest. A piper at grade 2, grade 1, or open is a safe bet to be a highly skilled piper. Pipers at grade 2 or higher (grade 1 and open) make up only 23% of pipers in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. There are no open pipers in the Hampton Roads area. Michael competes at the grade 2 level solo and has competed with a grade 1 pipe band. If there is ever a question about the piper's skill, don't be afraid to ask for a music sample.

Please continue on to the my piping page to read about my qualifications or the choosing a piper page for more information about piping qualifications in general.

 

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