Archive for November, 2007

Vancouver Church Funeral

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Last Thursday afternoon, I played my Oregon Highland bagpipes at a church in Vancouver. I arrived early to tune my pipes and meet with the coordinator. I would open up with a series of traditional marches and slow airs. Because of my extensive list and my experience performing at funerals I had every selection ready in head.

After tuning, I stepped out on the stage and within minutes of tuning, the entire church was filled with friends and family members. My pipes were a little cold from the weather but quickly warmed up within 10 minutes of performing.

My finale came a short time later once the fine men in uniform approached the stage and began the flag folding ceremony. It was emotional. As I stood there playing “Amazing Grace” time about, I was thinking about all the fallen soldiers and how blessed I am to live in a fine patriotic country where the men and women of the three branches protect us day in and day out.

Thank you Daniel for inviting me to perform for your fathers memorial.

Bridgeport Brewery Wedding

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Last Saturday I performed at the Bridgeport Brewery in NW for a Portland Bagpipe Wedding. What a splendid evening it was. I opened the set with a set of 6/8 marches while the Bridesmaid and Groomsmen shuffled in. I quickly cut my bagpipes and got into position. When the glowing bride and euphoric father gave me the nod, I struck up my pipes and played “Duncan McGillvary”, a classic 6/8 march. Because the room was rather small, I found myself at the arbor before I was through the second part. Normally, I complete the tune but I forced myself to cut my pipes early. I didn’t want to make everyone wait for me. The spotlight was on the bride and groom.

After the short ceremony, I led them out with a rousing “John Barclay”, a beautiful and light 6/8 march. Again, I found myself only completing half the tune because of the distance.

For the toast, I played the traditional “Scotland the Brave”, in which everyone clinked their glasses and gave a salute to a long and promising marriage. The champagne was a flowing.

To conclude the evening, I played what pipers like to call the Medley, which is a series of Hornpipes, Jigs, Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels. After a full stomach of steak and wine, my body was reeling and ready to play.

The evening was light and young. The wedded couple sure picked an excellent place to throw a wedding. Complete with a rustic look, a lavish bar, abstract art and amazing acoustics, it was a bagpipers paradise (well, my paradise at least). I handed my card to the party coordinator. Hopefully, I will back.

Thanks to Bob and Jessica. I wish you two the best.