Lately, I have performed for several Vancouver WA bagpipes gigs. Yesterday, I bagpiped at Evergreen Memorial Gardens just off Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver WA. It was a simple, quaint funeral for an extraordinary man. There were approximately 50 guests and the weather was a bit overcast.
I stationed myself 15 yards from the casket, facing the audience. It was requested I bagpipe Amazing Grace and My Home, a beautiful traditional slow air I really enjoy playing. Just after the opening prayer, I played Amazing Grace and just before the closing prayer, I bagpiped My Home.
In all, the service took approximately 35 minutes. Normally, grave site ceremonies run 20 minutes – 40 minutes. I hope the guests enjoyed my bagpiping and I was able to assist with the grieving process.