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Frank Watson, Award Winning Bagpiper

Bagpipes from Toms River, NJ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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An award winning Highland bagpiper for all occasions, Frank Watson has piped for 37 years. He has competed successfully as both a solo performer and with bands. Frank is a winner of the MacLeod Quaich and Sandy Davidson Memorial Trophy for Grade One solo piping, and first place, Grade One Piobaireached, Delco Games, as well as the 1984 "Award of Excellence" from the Chesapeake Bay Branch, EUSPBA. Frank is a piper for the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia (founded in 1747), and has piped at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden in New York City, as well as the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Frank instructed ABC Good Morning America's Tony Perkins on the bagpipe for the 2001 annual "Job Swap." His piping is currently featured in two TV documentaries: "Death on the Railroad," a PBS documentary in the "Secrets of the Dead" series; and "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut," a Smithsonian Channel documentary that was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy Award in the Best Single Documentary category, and a Celtic Media Festival award for Best Factual Documentary. Frank piped with classic rocker Bryan Adams on the song "Cuts Like a Knife" at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE, on March 14, 2011, as part of Adams' "Bare Bones Tour." He also piped for the Mahoney Brothers Band on their CD "Rock and Roll Rodeo" for the song "Half the Man." On March 9, 2012, Frank piped for the Duffy's Cut burial ceremony at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA, and on March 2, 2013, he piped in Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland, for the Duffy's Cut burial ceremony. On July 19, 2015 Frank piped at the burial of Duffy's Cut victim, Catherine Burns, in Clonoe, County Tyrone. He is a 2014 inductee of the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame. He holds a PhD from Drew University and is a student of the late Robert Gilchrist.
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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After another bagpiper backed out, I reached out to Frank. He was so nice and understanding and literally saved my Dad’s 80th birthday. My Dad was so moved by Franks’s talent, interspersed with stories about Ireland. It was perfect. It was fate that we Ended up with Frank because I can’t imagine anyone better. Do not look any further for a bagpiper!

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I highly recommend Frank as a bagpiper! He sounded and looked amazing on my wedding day! All my guest were pleased! I will definitely hire Frank again for future events!

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Frank was a huge hit at our daughter’s beach wedding. He was perfect!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2021
Mar
17
School Assembly
Holmdel, NJ
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
2021
Mar
27
Wedding Reception
Allentown, NJ
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2021
Apr
17
Wedding Ceremony
Newark, NJ
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2021
Apr
17
Wedding
Toms River, NJ
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
2021
Jun
26
Wedding
Island Heights, NJ
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2021
Jul
22
Wedding Ceremony
Cape May, NJ
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2021
Oct
9
Wedding Reception
Peapack, NJ
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2022
May
7
Wedding Ceremony
Long Branch, NJ
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2020
Dec
5
Wedding Ceremony
Summit, NJ
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2020
Oct
2
Wedding Ceremony
Toms River, NJ
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2020
Sep
26
Birthday Party (Adult)
Barnegat, NJ
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
2020
Sep
26
Celebration
Ocean City, NJ
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2020
Sep
19
Wedding
Sea Isle City, NJ
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2020
Sep
13
Wedding
Avalon, NJ
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2020
Sep
12
Funeral
Toms River, NJ
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2020
Sep
6
Birthday Party (Adult)
Avalon, NJ
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2020
Jul
28
Birthday Party (Adult)
Princeton, NJ
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM
2020
Jul
13
Wedding
Spring Lake, NJ
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2020
Jun
29
Birthday Party (Adult)
Freehold, NJ
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
2020
May
6
Memorial Service
Piscataway, NJ
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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