Hector at Affordable Burial and Cremation in Newport OR recommended me to a family looking for a bagpiper to make the trip to bagpipe at a funeral service in Waldport OR. They were planning a funeral for a friend who had recently passed. It turned out, their friend owned a set of bagpipes which had never been played. They inquired about the possibility of me playing his bagpipes at his service. I thought that would be quite a tribute.
We scheduled a time to meet in Portland several weeks before the bagpipe Waldport OR service in order to test the bagpipe set out and make sure they were still playable. Often times, a bag will leak air or the drones will crack, making it nearly impossible to play. However, we lucked out. After 40 minutes of swapping in some new reeds, adjusting the drones and checking for loss air, I determined they were still playable. Albeit temperamental, with a little tlc surely I would be able to play them at the service.
On Saturday I made the trek from Portland down to the beautiful Oregon coast to bagpipe at the funeral in Waldport OR. I took I-5 South through Salem, then headed to Corvallis and then rode Hwy 34 to Waldport. It’s an incredible drive through the Siuslaw National Forest but incredibly curvy.
The Waldport OR bagpipe service started at 1:30PM, so I arrived 30 minutes early to test the recently revived set of bagpipes. They still worked! At the service, I played Amazing Grace at the beginning and Scotland the Brave to finish the service off. The guests were surprised to learn from the pastor the pipes being played were not mine but his.
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