1. How long have you been performing?
I began playing the Pipes as a young man nearly 35 years ago and have performed at thousands of events.
2. Are you a full time Musician?
Yes. I am proud to say that I am retired from the NYPD and music is my profession now. This allows me to give the maximum amount of attention and preparation to your event and I always return your calls promptly.
3. Did you really play for the Queen?
Indeed I did. In 2003, I was honored to give a private
performance for Her Majesty at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
The Queen is a warm and gracious lady in person and meeting
Her was an event I will never forget. I am the only American
Piper ever to do so and you can read about it on my "BIO" page.
3. What is your attire?
I wear traditional Highland attire, which consists of a kilt,
a formal black, white or navy blue jacket with white shirt
and black bowtie. Upon request, I can also appear in a
military style jacket with a tall feather bonnet hat.
On very cold outdoor events, I may appear in a long
Greatcoat similar to what is worn by Pipers of the British Army.
There are six choices of tartan kilts available should
you have a preference. Either choice of attire looks wonderful
in photos and I take immense pride in my appearance.
Please go to my ATTIRE page for photos.
4. Do you offer live sample performances?
Potential clients are always welcome to attend any of
my public performances that are listed on the "SHOWS"
page of my website so that they may see me perform live.
On average, I make over 150 appearances a year throughout
the East Coast area, so chances are I will be performing near you!
5. Why should I hire The RoyalPiper and not another Piper?
An excellent question. Perhaps you may have a friend who knows
a Piper and he has been recommended to you.
However, is that really enough knowledge about someone
whom you have never heard perform before and is going
to be a visible part of your wedding ceremony?
After spending thousands of dollars and many hours of time
preparing for your special day, why take a chance on hiring
someone who does this only as a hobby on weekends?
That is why I have a MUSIC page on my website which allows
a potential client to hear my playing and to rest assured that
they are hiring a competent musician for their wedding.
Please consider the many years of experience and the
professional quality of my music and appearance.
I invite you to view the positive reviews that so many
of my clients have provided on my "GUESTBOOK"
page. I am competitively priced and I treat every performance
as if it were my own event. The RoyalPiper is well known
throughout the Metro area as a competent and trustworthy
musician who will add just the right touch to your event.
References cheerfully provided.
6. My Wedding venue says that you must submit a copy of your
Personal Liability Insurance to them if I want you to play there.
Are you able to provide this?
YES. Due to the rising number of lawsuits, many Wedding venues
are requiring all outside vendors such as DJ's, Caterers, Florists
and Musicians to carry their own insurance and to furnish proof
of that insurance to them. Most Pipers do not carry this insurance.
The RoyalPiper will be pleased to provide the necessary
documentation to satisfy this requirement.
Wedding Tips and Advice
How should I best use a Piper at my Wedding?
I am often asked this question by couples who wish to add the Pipes
to their special day. Here are a few suggestions.
1. On the steps of the Church.
I will play a selection of tunes as your guests arrive and at the conclusion
of the ceremony as your guests exit the church and await your departure.
This is perhaps the most common performance request that I receive and
it is very effective at pleasing your guests.
Many couples are choosing to include the Pipes in the service itself,
with excellent results. Here Comes the Bride, Trumpet Voluntary,
Ode to Joy, Love Divine, Highland Cathedral and The Irish Wedding Song
are a few suggestions that work wonderfully.
** Note. If you are considering this option, please consult with Clergy and
receive permission to have me perform at their church.
3. From the Church to the Reception
If the Church and Reception Hall are close by, many couples opt to have
a parade with the RoyalPiper leading the guests thru the local streets to
the delight of passersby.
4. At the Reception
You may want to consider a Grand Entrance by having the RoyalPiper
play the couple into the reception during their introduction to the guests.
5. How early should I book The RoyalPiper?
As soon as you have decided to book, please don't delay. Many of the more
popular times of the year book fast, so to avoid disappointment and future
regret, early booking is always recommended.
Please click on the GIGMASTERS link below to proceed to my booking page.
6. If I book The RoyalPiper, are you the Piper who will show up at my wedding?
YES. Unlike some unscrupulous wedding service providers, I NEVER book
a wedding and send someone else in my place. When you book The RoyalPiper,
you get The RoyalPiper and you can rest assured that I will be the one performing.
Memorial Service/Funeral Advice and Guidance
At sensitive times during the loss of a loved one, many people ask, how best can I include
the Pipes at the Memorial Service?.... Here are a few time tested suggestions.
Play as the casket arrives at the Church...perform an appropriate tune as the casket
is borne into the Church.
Play as part of the Memorial Service inside the Church or Place of Remembrance.
Play as the casket emerges from the Church and is placed inside the Hearse.
Play as the Hearse and Mourners arrive at the Gravesite and provide a Musical welcome
as the casket is placed at the final resting place.
Play as the Service concludes and slowly walk off into the distance with the music
fading away as a Final Remembrance.
I am pleased to provide suggestions as to appropriate music selections on the MUSIC
page of my website. Special requests are welcome also.