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Bruce C. Wright Bagpiper from Durham, NC

Will travel up to 350 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 86 Reviews
  • 166 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2011
  • 14 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $150 per event

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Bruce Wright has played bagpipes for many high-profile events in central North Carolina, including the opening ceremonies for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, graduation services at the University of North Carolina and other local colleges and universities, numerous events at Pinehurst, the opening of the 5-star Umstead Hotel in Cary, the annual Children's Christmas Eve service at Duke University Chapel in Durham, and the annual "12 Days of Christmas" Scottish dinner at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Other events events have included Burns suppers, charity events, church services, St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Memorial Day and Veterans Day commemorations, golf tournaments, country club dinners, private parties, and business functions, as well as weddings and funerals. In addition to the bagpipes, he also plays the piano, clarinet, and saxophone. He is a member of the Scottish Cultural Organization of the Triangle (SCOT) and has played bagpipes and lectured at some of their events. He has also given lectures on bagpipes and their history, including at Duke University. He has been playing the pipes for over 35 years and has studied piping under several of the most prominent piping instructors in North America, including Sandy Jones (former Pipe Major of the US Air Force Pipe Band and former Director of Piping at the Citadel in Charleston, SC), Colin MacLellan (Winner of the Gold Medal and the Clasp, two of piping's highest awards), and Ed Neigh (Former Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Guelph Pipe Band from Ontario, Canada). Bruce was the Pipe Major (Director) of the City of Oaks Pipe Band in Raleigh for over 10 years, and is currently the piping instructor for the North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums Grade 4 band. He currently plays with the NCSU Pipes and Drums Grade 3 (upper-level) band. He is available for weddings, funerals, private parties, and all other events that would be enhanced by the pipes.

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Review by Douglas H.

FuneralReviewed on September 24, 2023From Somerset, PA

Exceptional service, especially in the rain and cold weather.

Review by Tracey C.

FuneralReviewed on September 1, 2023From Rich Square, NC

I hired Bruce C. Wright for the Graveside Service for my Scottish mother on 8/25/2023. He was very easy to work with, had wonderful suggestions/recommendations based on his experience and explained what I should expect. His performance was “icing on the cake” for the service. Everyone was impressed by his selections and he was very accommodating. Arrived early, conversed with those in attendance, everyone loved him. Personality was so friendly it was as if we had known him forever. Highly recommend him for any performance you need. He also wore the perfect attire, colors matched those of our clan (close enough). Cannot thank Bruce enough! He was Perfect.

Review by Michael B.

Retirement PartyReviewed on June 19, 2023From Boone, NC

I would highly recommend Bruce. He performed for a retirement party for my dad recently where we presented him with a trip to Scotland. Bruce and his performance was the cherry on top of a fantastic night for our entire family. Thanks again Bruce for all your efforts.

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  • Prince of Denmark's March | Jeremiah Clarke
  • 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry Crossing the Rhine | Donald Shaw Ramsay
  • 42nd Highlanders | Traditional
  • 51st Highland Division at Wadi Akarit | LCpl W. MacDonald
  • 79's Farewell to Gibralter | P/M John MacDonald
  • A Hundred Pipers | Traditional
  • A Man's a Man for All That | Traditional
  • A Nation Once Again | Traditional
  • Abide With Me (Eventide) | William H. Monk
  • Accordian Man | Traditional
  • Airlie's Big Day | Murry Blair
  • All These Endearing Young Charms | Traditional
  • Alleluia Sing to Jesus (Hyfrydol) | Charles Wesley
  • Amazing Grace (New Britain - Hymn tune setting) | J. Newton
  • Amazing Grace (Pipe band setting) | J. Newton
  • America the Beautiful | Samuel A. Ward
  • Anchors Aweigh (Navy) | Charles A. Zimmerman
  • Andy Warnock | Dr. George M. McIntyre
  • At Long Last | James MacHattie
  • Auld Hoose | Traditional
  • Auld Lang Syne | Traditional
  • Balmoral | R. Bruce
  • Blue Bells of Scotland | Traditional
  • Bonnie Dundee | Traditional
  • Bonnie Galloway | Traditional
  • Bridal March | Richard Wagner
  • Bugle Horn | Traditional
  • Cabar Feidh | Traditional
  • Caisson Song (Army Song) | Traditional
  • Calum Ian | Roddie MacDonald
  • Castle Dangerous | J. Haugh
  • Cock of the North | Traditional
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Nettleton) | John Wyeth
  • Corriechoillie's Welcome to the Northern Meeting | P/M William Ross MBE
  • Cullen Bay | Ian Duncan
  • Cutting Bracken | Traditional
  • Dagshai Hills | J. Wallace
  • Danny Boy | Traditional
  • Doctor Ross' 50th Welcome to the Argyleshire Gathering | P/M Donald MacLeod MBE
  • Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban | Archibald MacNeill
  • Down by the Sally Gardens | Traditional
  • Duncan McGillivray Chief Steward | Jim McGillivray
  • Erin Far O'er The Sea | Traditional
  • Farewell to Nigg | Duncan Johnston
  • Flee the Glen | P/M Robert Mathieson
  • Flett From Flotta | P/M Donald MacLeod MBE
  • Flowers of the Forest | Traditional
  • Garb of Old Gaul | Traditional
  • Ghillie Callum (Sword Dance) | Traditional
  • God Bless America | Irving Berlin
  • God of Grace and God of Glory (Cwm Rhondda) | John Hughes
  • God the Omnipotent (Russia) | Alexis F. Lvov
  • Going Home | Anton Dvorak
  • Green Hills of Tyrol | P/M John MacLeod
  • Gypsy's Warning | Traditional
  • Happy Birthday | Traditional
  • Heights of Dargai | J. Wallace
  • High Road to Linton | Traditional
  • Highland Cathedral | Roever and Korg
  • Highland Harry | Traditional
  • Highland Laddie | Traditional
  • Highland Wedding | Angus MacKay
  • How Firm a Foundation (Foundation) | Traditional
  • Inniskilling Dragoon | Traditional
  • Inveran | P/M George S. MacLennan
  • Itchy Fingers | Traditional
  • Jean Mauchline | W. Bryson
  • John D. Burgess | George Cockburn
  • Jolly Beggarman | Traditional
  • Just As I Am (Woodworth) | C. Elliott
  • Kate Dalrymple | Traditional
  • Kelly the Boy From Killanne | Traditional
  • Kelsey's Wee Reel | Iain Symington
  • Kesh Jig | Traditional
  • Kilworth Hills | P/M George S. MacLennan
  • King George the V's Army | P/M George S. MacLennan
  • Leaving Port Askaig | P/M W. Ross
  • Let Erin Remember | Traditional
  • Lexy McAskill | Dr. John N. MacAskill
  • Loch Marie | P/M George S. MacLennan
  • Loch Rannoch | John Wilson
  • Loch Ruan | Dr. George M. McIntyre
  • Lochanside | P/M John MacLellan
  • Lord Lovat's Lament | Traditional
  • MacRae Meadow | Charlie Glendenning
  • Maggie Duncan | P/M W. G. Duncan
  • Mairi's Wedding | Traditional
  • March du Petre | J. Pincet
  • March of the Champions Supreme | W. Baird
  • Marine's Hymn | Jacques Offenbach
  • Men of Argyll | P/M John MacLellan
  • Miss Mary Grant of Lochgelly | DSgt Duncan Calder
  • Moonstar | Charlie Glendinning
  • Morag Duncan | John Wilson
  • Morag of Dunvegan | Neil Matheson
  • Mrs. John MacColl | John MacColl
  • Mrs. Lily Christie | P/M Donald Shaw Ramsay
  • Murdo's Wedding | P/M Gavin Stoddart
  • My Home | Traditional
  • My Land | Norman MacLean
  • My Lodging's on the Cold Ground | Traditional
  • My Love She's But a Lassie Yet | Traditional
  • O For A Closer Walk With God (Martyrdom) | Hugh Wilson
  • O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing (Azmon) | Carl Glaser
  • Ode To Joy (9th Symphony) | Ludwig von Beethoven
  • O'Keefe's Slide | Ailean Nicholson
  • Old Rustic Bridge | Traditional
  • Orange and Blue | Traditional
  • Paddy Maginty's Goat | Traditional
  • Paddy's Leather Breeches | Traditional
  • Pikemen's March | Traditional Arr Dave Rickard
  • Pipe Major J. K. Cairns | Archie M. Cairns
  • Pipe Major Willie Gray's Farewell to the Glasgow Police | P/M John MacDonald
  • Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (Old Hundredth) | Traditional
  • Rab's Wedding | John Kerr
  • Roddy McCorley | Traditional
  • Rose Amongst the Heather | Traditional
  • Rose of Allendale | Traditional
  • Rowan Tree | Traditional
  • Saint Andrews Society of Charleston | P/M Sandy Jones
  • Sally Wilson | Dave Laws
  • Sandy's New Chanter | P/M Tom MacAllister Jr.
  • Scotland the Brave | Traditional
  • Scots Wha Hae | Traditional
  • Sean South of Garryowen | Traditional
  • Seann Truibhas | Traditional
  • Semper Paratus (Coast Guard) | Frances S. Van Boskerck
  • Shall We Gather At The River (Hansom Place) | Robert Lowry
  • Skye Boat Song | Annie MacLeod
  • Sleepy Maggie | Traditional
  • Sound of Sleat | D. MacKinnon
  • Susan MacLeod | P/M Donald MacLeod MBE
  • Tail Toddle | Traditional
  • Teribus | Traditional
  • The Barnyards of Delgaty | Traditional
  • The Barren Rocks of Aden | P/M A. MacKellar
  • The Battle of the Somme | William Lawrie
  • The Battle of Waterloo | Traditional
  • The Black Bear | Traditional
  • The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie | Traditional
  • The Brown Haired Maiden | Traditional
  • The Campbelltown Kiltie Ball | P/M John MacLellan
  • The City of Hastings Highland Pipe Band | W. M. Barrie
  • The Dark Island | I. McLaughlan
  • The Dawning of the Day | Traditional
  • The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended (Saint Clement) | Clement Cottevill Scholefield
  • The Duck | P/M Donald MacLeod MBE
  • The Duke of Perth's Reel | Traditional
  • The Dusty Miller | Traditional
  • The High Road to Gairloch | Traditional
  • The Intercontinental Gathering | G. McIlwham
  • The Kilt is My Delight | Traditional
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Saint Columba) | Traditional
  • The Lord's My Shepherd I'll not Want (Brother James' Air) | J. L. MacBeth Bain
  • The Marquis of Huntley's Highland Fling | John Bowie
  • The Massacre of Glencoe | Traditional
  • The Minstrel Boy | Ludwig von Beethoven
  • The Mist Covered Mountains | Traditional
  • The Pony Gallop | M. Forsyth
  • The Rakes of Mallow | Traditional
  • The Road to Passchendaele | P/M Gavin Stoddart
  • The Roses of Prince Charlie | The Corries
  • The Siege of Delhi | Traditional
  • The Silver Spear | Traditional
  • The Soldier's Return | Traditional
  • The Spacious Firmament on High (Creation) | Franz Joseph Haydn
  • The Steamboat | Traditional
  • The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel | Traditional
  • The Water is Wide | Traditional
  • These Are My Mountains | J. Copeland
  • Thomas Sander | P/M Karl Walford
  • Tis The Gift To Be Simple (Simple Gifts) | Joseph Brackett Jr.
  • Tripping Up the Stairs | Traditional
  • Twenty Men From Dublin Town | Traditional
  • Waters of Kylesku | Traditional
  • Wearing of the Green | Traditional
  • Weary We've Been | Traditional
  • We're No Awa' to Bide Awa' (Johnnie Scobie) | Traditional
  • Wha Wadna Fecht For Charlie | Traditional
  • When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Hamburg) | Arr. Lowell Mason
  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling | Ernest Ball
  • When The Battle's Over | P/M William Robb
  • Will Ye No Come Back Again? (Bonnie Charlie) | Traditional
  • Willie Davy | Traditional
  • Wings (March of the Royal Engineers) | W. J. Newstead
  • Yankee Doodle | Traditional
  • Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town | Traditional

Booked Events 

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Upcoming Events

September 28, 2024 • Wedding
Sat6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Banner Elk, NC
October 12, 2024 • Wedding
Sat2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Charlotte, NC
October 26, 2024 • Wedding
Sat2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Warsaw, NC

Past Events

April 19, 2024 • Private Party
Fri7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hilton Head Island, SC
December 24, 2023 • Event
Sun7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Durham, NC
November 18, 2023 • Funeral
Sat10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Mocksville, NC
November 5, 2023 • Church Service
Sun10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Durham, NC
October 14, 2023 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Sapphire, NC
September 23, 2023 • Wedding
Sat4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Schellsburg, PA
September 23, 2023 • Funeral
Sat1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Somerset, PA
August 25, 2023 • Funeral
Fri2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Rich Square, NC
July 26, 2023 • Family Reunion
Wed4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Pigeon Forge, TN

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