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
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?
Are they a full-time musician? 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 30-60 minutes ahead of time to make certain
my pipe is in tune and sounds great.
Question: When, during a wedding, have piper's been requested
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.
- The most common time is "piping the couple out"
after the announcement, "I now present Mr. and Mrs..."
- 15 - 20 minutes before the ceremony outside the church
or outside the sanctuary inside the church.
- Piping the wedding party or bride down the aisle.
- Piping the couple to the head table after the reception.
- Playing a song during the ceremony.
- Piping during the receiving line.
If you have questions about how piping can fit into
your event, please email us.