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Gus Person

Bagpiper from Elizabethtown, PA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 200 Reviews
  • 246 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2013
  • 11 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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I began piping in May 1964, under the instruction of Pipe Major James Gallagher of the Glenaine Pipe Band. Since that time, I have played in seven pipe bands in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Those bands also included the New York Gaelic Pipe Band and the Hudson District Pipes and Drums. I have competed in both pipe band and solo piping competitions throughout the Eastern United States. I have received piping instruction from a number of champion pipers, including Pipe Majors Angus MacDonald and Linden Ingram of the Scots Guards, and Pipe Major John Sprague of the City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums. Between 1987 - 2003, I played on Long Island with the Nassau County Police Pipe Band. On a number of occasions, this band won first place in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. Between 2010 - 2016, I played with the City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums in Northern Virginia. I also played tenor drum and bugle with this band. Having moved to Pennsylvania in 2015, I played with the Kiltie Band of York, a traditional Scottish regimental-style pipe band. Later, I played with Ceol Neamh, a competition pipe band in Lancaster, PA. The name in Gaelic means "Heavenly Music." In February 2020, I accepted the appointment of Pipe Major (the Director of Music) with the Quittapahilla Highlanders Pipe Band in Lebanon, PA. Over the years, I have played at numerous solo piping events, including weddings, funerals, memorial services, birthdays and other special occasions. Notable locations have included the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, memorial services at the U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg, PA, Bryn Athyn Cathedral and the U.S. Army War College. I specialize in both Scottish and Irish piping tunes by category. I am able to tailor my performance to the requirements of the event. Clients have been impressed that I play Smallpipes for indoor events. A review of the photos in my Profile will reveal that I specialize in wearing military-style full-dress in a number of tartans, but can appear in formal "black-tie," or daywear attire in kilt, Argyll/Tweed jacket and tie. I am very flexible, and clients are always impressed with my professionalism, presentation and ability to work closely with clients on the selection of music, attire and other details of the engagement.

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Review by Gibby P.

FuneralReviewed on April 13, 2022From Camp Hill, PA

Gus is talented, punctual and professional. He kept in contact with me leading up to the funeral, making sure the family's requests were honored and that the idea he had in his head would work at this particular cemetery. As a funeral director, it gives me peace of mind when he's involved. It is evident that he cares about the families we serve as well, and that is an intangible component that we feel is an added bonus. I would recommend Gus to anyone and everyone, and we will continue to request his services in the future.

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The Parthemore Funeral Home hired me to play at the funeral of a married couple at the Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill who had died within three days of each other. Both were Army veterans. As the caskets were conveyed to the grave, I played the Army Song and a selection of slow airs. The family also requested that Amazing Grace be played following the final prayers. I wore military-style attire in Cameron tartan.

Review by Heidi S.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on April 2, 2022From Middletown, PA

Gus did a wonderful job playing at my husband's 50th Birthday. He played, talked about the bagpipes and how they work, and about the type of dress he was wearing. The guests enjoyed it very much. Definitely recommend him fir your event.

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I played at the 50th Birthday Party in Middletown for an ardent Irish-American. A large group of family and friends gathered at the Event Place. My program lasted about 40 minutes. I played the Great Highland Bagpipe and the Smallpipes and interspersed them with commentary on the pipes, my attire and piping experiences. This was a wonderful experience, and the audience was quite responsive.

Review by Ed C.

FuneralReviewed on March 26, 2022From Palmyra, NJ

He was a consumate professional from initial contact through the day of the service. He was flexible in carrying out our wishes and the performance was excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.

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I played at the funeral of a deceased firefighter in Palmyra, NJ, at the local Fire Station. I began playing as the unit firefighters paid their final respects. I closed the service with Amazing Grace after the Last Call, and then played for 20 minutes as the mourners began to disperse. A large contingent of Red Knights, a firefighter motorcycle club were present.

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Song List

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  • 10th HLI Crossing the Rhine | D. S. Ramsey
  • 74th's Slow March | Traditional
  • Abide With Me | Traditional
  • Air Force March | Traditional
  • Amazing Grace | J. Newton
  • Anchors Aweigh | Zimmerman, arr. F. Riggio
  • Army Song (Caissons) | Gruber, arr. F. Riggio
  • Atholl Highlanders | Traditional
  • Auld Lang Syne | arr. M. Hayes
  • Australian Ladies | W. Fergusson
  • Balmoral | R. Bruce
  • Barren Rocks of Aden | A. MacKellar
  • Battle of the Somme | W. Lawrie
  • Battle of Waterloo | arr. Donald MacLeod MBE
  • Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms | T. Moore, arr. J. Sprague
  • Black Bear | Traditional
  • Bloody Fields of Flanders | J. MacLellan of Dunoon
  • Bonnie Dundee | Traditional
  • Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie | Traditional
  • Boys of Wexford | arr. J. Gallagher
  • Brown Haired Maiden | Traditonal
  • Bugle Horn | Traditional
  • Caber Feidh | Traditional
  • Caller Herrin' | Traditional
  • Campbells are Coming | Traditional
  • Castle Dangerous | J. Haugh
  • Caubeen Trimmed with Blue | Traditional
  • Cock o' the North | Traditional
  • Colonel Stuart of Garth | Traditional
  • Corriechoillies' Welcome to the Northern Meeting | W. Ross MBE
  • Crags of Tumbledown Mountain | J. Riddell
  • Cullen Bay | Traditional
  • Dark Island | I. McLaughlin
  • Dawning of the Day | Traditional
  • Dovecote Park | J. Braidwood
  • Dr. Ross' 50th Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering | Donald MacLeod MBE
  • Drunken Piper | Traditional
  • Earl of Mansfield | J. McEwan
  • El Alamein | W. Denholm
  • Farewell to the Creeks | J. Robertson
  • Father O'Flynn | arr. J. Gallagher
  • Flett From Flotta | Donald MacLeod MBE
  • Flower of Scotland | arr. J. Slattery
  • Flowers o' the Forest | Traditional
  • Garb of Auld Gaul | Traditional
  • Garryowen | Traditional
  • Girl I Left Behind Me | arr. J. Sprague
  • Going Home | A. Dvorak
  • Green Glens of Antrim | J. Allan
  • Green Hills of Tyrol (Scottish Soldier) | John MacLeod
  • Happy Birthday | Traditional
  • Heights of Dargai | J. Wallace
  • Heroes of St. Valery | Donald MacLean (Lewis)
  • Heroes of Vittoria | J. MacLellan of Dunoon
  • High Road to Gairloch | Traditional
  • Highland Brigade at Magersfontein | J. MacLellan of Dunoon
  • Highland Cathedral | Korb & Roever
  • Highland Cradle Song | Traditional
  • Highland Laddie | Traditional
  • Jolly Beggarman | Traditional
  • Killaloe | Traditional
  • Killiecrankie | arr. J. Sprague
  • Kilt is My Delight | Traditional
  • Kilworth Hills | G. S. MacLennan
  • Leaving Lismore | M. Hardie
  • Leaving Liverpool | arr. W. Lysaght
  • Leaving Port Askaig | W. Ross MBE
  • Let Erin Remember | Traditional
  • Loch Rannoch | Traditional
  • Lochanside | J. MacLellan of Dunoon
  • Longueval | G. Stoddart
  • Lord Lovat's Lament | Traditional
  • Loudon's Bonnie Woods and Braes | Traditional
  • MacRae Meadow | C. Glendenning
  • Marine Corps Hymn | Traditional
  • Marye's Wedding | Traditional
  • Men of the West | arr. J. Sprague
  • Mingulay Boat Song | arr. P. Purvis
  • Minstrel Boy | Traditional
  • Mistcovered Mountains | Traditional
  • Molly Connell | Traditional
  • Morag of Dunvegan | Traditional
  • Muckin' of Geordie's Byre | Traditional
  • My Home | Traditional
  • My Wild Irish Rose | Olcott, arr. R. Hunter
  • O' Danny Boy | Traditional
  • O'Neill's March | arr. J. Gallagher
  • Old Rustic Bridge | Traditional
  • Paddy's Leather Breeches | arr. J. Sprague
  • Pibroch o' Donal Dhu | Traditional
  • Piper's Cave | Traditional
  • Road to the Isles | J. MacLellan of Dunoon
  • Rowan Tree | Traditional
  • Saffron Kilt | P. Flynn
  • Scotland the Brave | Traditional
  • Siege of Delhi | Traditional
  • Simple Gifts | Traditional
  • Skye Boat Song | Traditional
  • Sleep Dearie Sleep | Traditional
  • Soldier's Return | Traditional
  • St. Patrick's Day | arr. J. Sprague
  • Star of the County Down | Traditional
  • Steamboat | Traditional
  • The Gael (Last of the Mohicans) | Dougie MacLean
  • Trumpet Voluntary | J. Clark, arr. J. Recknagel
  • Waters of Kylesku | Traditonal
  • We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa' | Traditional
  • Wearing of the Green | Traditional
  • Wedding March | R. Wagner, arr. J. Recknagel
  • Wha' Saw the 42nd | Traditional
  • When Irish Eyes are Smiling | Traditional
  • When the Battle's O'er | W. Robb
  • Whiskey in the Jar | Traditional
  • Will Ye No Come Back Again | Traditional
  • Wings | Traditional
  • With Wellesley's Rifles at Keren | E. Kearney

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Upcoming Events

June 5, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Sun6:30 PM - 6:45 PM Doylestown, PA
June 12, 2022 • Community Event
Sun11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Mount Joy, PA
June 18, 2022 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Bethlehem, PA
June 25, 2022 • Funeral
Sat10:00 AM - 12:30 PM York, PA
June 25, 2022 • Wedding
Sat5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Glen Mills, PA
June 26, 2022 • Concert
Sun7:00 PM - 8:30 PM York, PA
October 15, 2022 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Washington, DC
November 12, 2022 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Blackwood, NJ

Past Events

May 13, 2022 • Community Event
Fri6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Camp Hill, PA
May 7, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Sat6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wrightsville, PA
May 7, 2022 • Funeral
Sat12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Harrisburg, PA
April 30, 2022 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Ephrata, PA

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