Hope Oaks Bagpiper, weddings, funerals, special events
On the circle
Indianapolis, Indiana
On the circle in Indianapolis, Indiana

The bagpipe is a beautiful addition to memorable moments if played in tune and with competency.

At the same time, if it is played out of tune or played poorly, it can make the moment memorable for the wrong reasons.

It is a good idea to ask a potential piper the following to find out more about their qualifications.

Are they a member of a Piping Association such as the MWPBA or EUSPBA?

Do they compete in sanctioned Highland Games?

Do they provide references and or testimonials from performances?

What are their credentials? Do they study under an Open Class player and do they attend workshops or piping schools?

What is their repertoire? Do they play various types of tunes and can they offer samples? Is a play list available?

Do they practice or perform everyday and are they available to you?

Question: Is the bagpipe too loud to be played inside a church?

Answer: From my past experience people usually feel bagpipes are too loud for inside events because they have heard a piper who does not tune their bagpipes. The out of tune sound can be quite annoying.

I arrive ahead of time to make certain my pipe is in tune and sounds great.

Question: When, during a wedding, have piper's been requested to play?

Answer: Usually couples will have me do one or more of the list below. It depends on your preference and the other music being performed at the event or service.

  1. The most common time is "piping the couple out" after the announcement, "I now present Mr. and Mrs..."
  2. 15 - 20 minutes before the ceremony outside the church or outside the sanctuary inside the church.
  3. Piping the wedding party or bride down the aisle.
  4. Piping the couple to the head table after the reception.
  5. Playing a song during the ceremony.
  6. Piping during the receiving line.

If you have questions about how piping can fit into your event, please email us.