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Gus Person

Bagpipes from Elizabethtown, PA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$200 - $375 per event
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About
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, a memorial service at the U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg, PA, and the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. 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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Gus was outstanding as a performer at my daughter’s wedding and reception! He led the recessional inside the cathedral, with the bride and groom following him down the aisle. He then played from the top of a castle/tower as wedding guests walked below. (They were thrilled!) Then he piped the bride and groom into the reception. His performance and demeanor were exceptional at all three of these venues. We needed to coordinate things well ahead of time, and he was extremely easy to work with. He was also very happy to chat with the wedding guests during cocktail hour and pose for photos with them. Gus is a true professional, and I hope to hire him again. Thanks, Gus!

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Gus Person’s Response:

This was one of the most memorable engagements that I have ever played - and I have played quite a few! The venue was fantastic. It included a Gothic cathedral, a Scottish manor house and clock tower, and an impressive lodge which hosted the Reception. Everyone I dealt with, including the staff and the guests were extremely welcoming and appreciative; including Veronica who chatted with me at length about Scottish history. The acoustics in the cathedral were incredible. The Bride had requested that I play "Highland Laddie" and "Cock o' the North." Piping in the clock tower was certainly a challenge as the wind played havoc with my full plaid and pipe banner.

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Gus Person did an absolutely outstanding job playing at our wedding ceremony. I cannot say enough good things about him as a professional and musician, and I give him my highest recommendation. Gus truly made our wedding ceremony and event to remember and took great care in making sure that he was prepared in every way. We are so glad that we hired Gus because he really cared about doing an excellent job and he was very flexible and accommodating. Gus was also very responsive and available by telephone and email leading up to the wedding, which made it a real pleasure to work with him on the selection of songs and practical details. We will certainly hire him again.

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Gus Person’s Response:

Asha was great to work with in the planning for her wedding at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC. We had a short introductory meeting in Alexandria, VA and my wife and I attended another planning meeting at the hotel before the wedding. The Groom's family came from Scotland for the wedding, and were resplendent in full Highland dress. I also played "The Brown Haired Maiden" during the Hand-Fastening portion of the ceremony. It was a pleasure to participate in this formal wedding.

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We are pleased to give Gus Person the highest possible recommendation. His presence graced our daughter's wedding with a memorable piping performance that enthralled one and all! We cannot overstate Mr. Person's gentlemanly demeanor, professionalism, and outstanding musicianship! He was so kind and patient in our planning process. On the day, he appeared in a stunningly impressive regimental tartan, playing in beautiful celebration mode--including special requests--as the bride and groom stepped from the chapel. He then skillfully led a march of delighted guests down the street to the reception dinner. It was an extra touch of blessing on an altogether lovely day!

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Gus Person’s Response:

Kathy Y. booked me to play at her daughter's wedding at the Mary Dixon Memorial Chapel in downtown Lititz, PA. As guests were exiting the church after the ceremony, I played a number of tunes on the village green which had special meaning for the family, such as "The Green Glens of Antrim" and "Leaving Liverpool." I then led the entire congregation the three blocks down East Main Street to the General Sutter Restaurant for the Reception. I wore full-dress in Mackenzie tartan. During the cocktail hour, I spoke with many of the guests who were very interested in the pipes, my attire and piping experiences.

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2020
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2020
Aug
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Lancaster, PA
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2020
Oct
3
Wedding
Wrightsville, PA
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2020
Oct
10
Wedding
Lewisberry, PA
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2020
Mar
12
Funeral
Mountville, PA
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
2020
Feb
22
Funeral
Perryville, MD
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2020
Feb
15
Funeral
Camp Hill, PA
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2020
Jan
26
Event
Wilmington, DE
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2020
Jan
4
Memorial Service
East Berlin, PA
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
2019
Dec
14
Wedding
Horsham, PA
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2019
Dec
13
Private Party
Lancaster, PA
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
2019
Dec
6
Wedding Ceremony
Bryn Athyn, PA
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Nov
24
Birthday Party (Adult)
Mechanicsburg, PA
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
2019
Nov
17
Wedding
Havre de Grace, MD
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2019
Nov
16
Wedding Reception
Gap, PA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Nov
13
Funeral
Sunbury, PA
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
10th HLI Crossing the Rhine
D. S. Ramsey
74th's Slow March
Traditional
Air Force March
Traditional
Amazing Grace
J. Newton
Anchors Aweigh
Zimmerman, arr. F. Riggio
Army Song (Caissons)
Gruber, arr. F. Riggio
At Long Last
Traditional
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
Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle
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
Galloway Hills
arr. J. Sprague
Garryowen
Traditional
Girl I Left Behind Me
arr. J. Sprague
Glasgow Week in Hamburg
J. MacAllister
Going Home
A. Dvorak
Green Glens of Antrim
J. Allan
Green Hills of Tyrol (Scottish Soldier)
John MacLeod
Happy Birthday
Traditional
Heather Grant of Strathyre
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
Old Rustic Bridge
Traditional
O'Neill's March
arr. J. Gallagher
Paddy's Leather Breeches
arr. J. Sprague
Pibroch o' Donal Dhu
Traditional
Pikeman's March
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
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
Troy's Wedding
C. Magee
Trumpet Voluntary
J. Clark, arr. J. Recknagel
Waters of Kylesku
Traditonal
Wearing of the Green
Traditional
Wedding March
R. Wagner, arr. J. Recknagel
We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa'
Traditional
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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Please note Gus Person will also travel to Aberdeen, Bellaire, Deodate, Elizabthtwn, Etown, West Donegal, Rheems, Conoy, Falmouth, Stack Town, Bainbridge, Lawn, Maytown, Donegal Heights, Donegal Springs, Farmdale, Florin, Milton Grove, Mount Joy, H I A.
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