My name is Al Gonzales and I've been playing the Pipes since my days as a teenager in Leonia, NJ. In 2006, I retired from the NYPD, leaving behind the wild odyssey of being a radio car cop in the South Bronx, a job I truly enjoyed and miss every day, for the world of entertainment.... Performing is my passion and I've been fortunate to be able to share my music worldwide.... and meet so many wonderful people along the way.
Front Page / NY Post Delivering a baby on Christmas Day
In August 2003, I was invited by Queen Elizabeth II to visit and perform for her at her summer residence, Balmoral Castle in Scotland. My dear friend Jim Motherwell, the Queen's Piper, arranged the visit and it was an experience that I will never forget. I'm told that I am the only American Piper ever to do so, and I even managed to have a very nice private conversation with The Queen, who was so gracious and friendly. My visit was featured in Majesty Magazine and my local newspaper published the article below.
Piping in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower
I'll always remember the time I spent with Mother Teresa and Princess Diana.
They were both women of grace and distinction and being a bodyguard for them was truly an honor. Ray Kerrison of the New York Post thought my experiences would make for an interesting column.
I recently had the honor to perform for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese
Another Happy Bride !
This photo recently won an award from the
New York Wedding Photographer's Society
My son Griffin keeps me busy...
He's been learning the Pipes and I'm hoping he will follow in my footsteps.
Receiving an award during
my service in the NYPD