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Gus Person Bagpiper from Elizabethtown, PA

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 281 Reviews
  • 335 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2013
  • 12 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; a position that I held for two years. 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 Jim A.

Community EventReviewed on November 5, 2023From York, PA

Bagpiper Gus is the best!! We reconsecrated our old cemetery His playing of the pipes was so chilling! It truly added to the event. Made it ever so reverent. Jim

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The Canadochly Lutheran Church engaged me to play at the re-dedication of their Old Cemetery. The church was originally founded in 1733, and there are several Revolutionary and Civil War veterans buried there. I led the procession to the cemetery after the church service. This was followed by delicious Ham and Bean Soup in the Parish Hall.

Review by George S.

Community EventReviewed on November 11, 2023From Manheim, PA

Gus exceeded our expectations. We booked him just to play one song during the ceremony, but on his own, he played incidental music before the ceremony began. We did not think about asking him to (and should have), but he also volunteered to play ALL of the service songs in a private ceremony before the main ceremony which was an unexpected treat. I love hearing the pipes, and it is a delight listening to Gus. I know it is a challenging instrument to master, but he was pitch perfect throughout!

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Brigadier General Schwartz, on behalf of the Memorial Committe, engaged me to play at the re-dedication of the Manheim Veterans Memorial Park. A huge crowd gathered for the ceremony. Thanks to the VFW Post 5956 for sponsoring. It was a great honor to participate on this Veterans Day.

Review by Courtney C.

WeddingReviewed on November 3, 2023From Emmitsburg, MD

Gus was incredible and made our wedding ceremony so special! He was so accommodating, kind, communicative and made sure everything we wanted would be included. Our guests loved the piper surprise and it made our exit from the church so magical! Would 100% recommend Gus for any and all events!

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Patrick and Courtney hired me to play at their wedding at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. I played outside as guests were gathering and then escorted them down the aisle to the strains of Highland Laddie. Patrick and I had much in common since he was New Jersey National Guard Officer, and also a police officer. This was a magnificent venue in perfect weather.

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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

December 3, 2023 • Church Service
Sun10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Camp Hill, PA
December 16, 2023 • Community Event
Sat12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Danville, PA
January 12, 2024 • Celebration
Fri2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Selinsgrove, PA
March 7, 2024 • Celebration
Thu1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Emmitsburg, MD
May 25, 2024 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Newark, DE
October 6, 2024 • Wedding
Sun4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Harrisburg, PA

Past Events

November 26, 2023 • Church Service
Sun10:00 AM - 12:00 PM York, PA
November 17, 2023 • Funeral
Fri10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bally, PA
November 11, 2023 • Community Event
Sat11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Manheim, PA
November 8, 2023 • Funeral
Wed11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Hamburg, PA
November 5, 2023 • Community Event
Sun10:30 AM - 12:30 PM York, PA
November 3, 2023 • Wedding
Fri2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Emmitsburg, MD

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