J.R. Arthur

Celtic Bagpipes from Fredericksburg, VA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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About
BACKGROUND:
I am a piper with 20 years experience. I played with McGuire's Pipe and Drums Band in Pensacola, Fl for the first 15 of those years (Photos #14&15) prior to moving to Fredericksburg, VA. Throughout my years as a member of McGuire's Pipe and Drums and now, as an independent piper in Fredericksburg, I have played at numerous graduations, retirements, birthdays, commemorations, celebrations, celebrations, and festivities, as well as over 200 weddings and somewhat more than 180 funerals.

In addition to being a piper, I am also a "Santa Claus" and have served as the "National Santa Claus" and piped in President's Park in The Ellipse in Washington, D.C. (Photo #13).
My Santa profile with GigMasters may be found at the GigMasters' Category: SANTA CLAUS in FREDERICKSBURG, VA under SANTA JACK ARTHUR & MRS. C

As to my credentials below, I am a retired naval officer and naval aviator.

TUNES/PERFORMANCE:
As indicated in the "Song List" button above, I play numerous Scottish, sacred, secular, and festive tunes as well as numerous more recognizable "American" tunes and would be glad to invite your input or assist you in selecting the tunes you would like to hear to ensure you have exactly the music that you would wish from a piper. When desired in performance, such as birthday parties or St. Patricks Day celebrations, I introduce not only the tune's name, but also a bit of history behind various tunes and add a few ethnic jokes (of course, as I am Scottish, the jokes also tend to be Scottish). Additionally, as has been requested several times, I also "roast" the various members of the party (with loving and tender remembrances of their past).

ATTIRE:
I have a number of attires. In the order of the photographs, they are:
First: My Full Dress; kilt, double breasted tunic, piper's plaid, feather bonnet, dirk, and horse hair sporran (Photos #2-5). I normally have an "up-charge" of $50. 00 for this uniform except for full honor military funerals. When I wear this attire for military funerals, I also wear the flag of the military branch of the deceased on my bass drone, as shown in photos #2,3,5,6,&7.
Second: My "Prince Charlie" attire (Photos #6 thru #9) which I also wear for formal occasions (weddings, funerals, birthday parties, etc.). For weddings, I wear ribbons of the colors of the bride on my bass drone.
Third&Fourth: Two short sleeved shirt "military" uniforms (Photos #10 and #11-12) which I use, when requested, for less formal occasions.
Fifth: Not shown, is a "Peasant Piper" attire with peasant shirt and deer skin boots which I have worn for beach weddings.
Of course, there is always my Santa attire (Photos #13), but that may not always be appropriate... Just sayin'

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:
When requested, I am able to provide a videographer to record both your event and my playing.
For military funerals where no bugler is provided, I also play "Taps" on the ceremonial bugle.

J.R. Arthur LCdr, USN, (Ret)
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JR added so much to my mother's funeral. He is a skilled musician on the pipes, a great resource for preparing us for Arlington and he looked fantastic. JR was everything we hoped for to celebrate my mother's heritage.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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We engaged JR to play the pipes for my uncle's 100th birthday in Rockville, MD. JR was a pleasure to work with, communicated well and went out of his way to may this a unique experience for my uncle. JR used his good sense of humor, knowledge of Scottish and Irish history and traditions, with our memories of special or key events in my uncle's life to weave humorous, personalized introduction to each of the requested songs. As my uncle was a US Naval Academy graduate and a naval career officer, the fact that JR was a USNA graduate as well, made the connection between the two even more special. My uncle and we were thrilled with JR and his performance.

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Funeral

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Finding a DC-area bagpiper online, "sight-unheard" from Seattle was a bit of a task for a family funeral. JR was absolutely a pleasure to work with. Responsive via email and cell, very accommodating to our unique requests and added zero stress to an otherwise difficult day. He not only played the music we want to hear, but closed with a short, funny, and charming few comments. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the future! Thank you, JR!

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Memorial Service

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JR was impressive! Not only in his ability to pipe the requested songs but his persona, his professional bearing, his humor and melodious, baritone voice filled us with joy. We would highly recommend JR. for anyone that might want a bagpiper for their event. He is so well spoken and added much more than his superb bagpipe piping. We feel blessed to have found him.

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Restaurant Event

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This man was amazing! I had a military retirement and was very nervous. He truly was thoughtful and made my day really special. He really made my day special.

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Memorial Service

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From our first contact with Mr. Arthur, we knew he was the piper for us. He worked closely with us to ensure my father-in-law’s burial service at Arlington National Cemetery was extra special. He met with the group before the service and when he spoke, every one in the room held on to his every word. Thanks for making a challenging time a little easier!!

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Retirement Party

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J.R. Arthur was a great part of my Army retirement ceremony. Everything from his authentic apparel to his piping talent to his charm and ability to connect with people was just perfect. He had a great playlist and took a few more songs from us. Highly recommend J.R. for any event.

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Memorial Service

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We wanted Dad's memorial to be a party he would have loved attending...good people, food and Scottish music. JR was the whipped cream on our sundae.....stately and photogenic, he played the songs we most wanted. He also turned out to be quite funny! His deep voice summoned the family to share a dram of whiskey with a toast. Perfect!!

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J.R. Arthur’s Response:

Val, Thank you so very much for that lovely review. It was an honor to play for "Mac's" service. He truly was an intrepid naval officer, foreign service officer, husband, and dad. His Heart Is In The HIGHLANDS. May God be with you and your family, JR

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Wedding Ceremony

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J.R. Arthur surpassed all of my expectations. He play bag pipes at our wedding on May 1st 2015 at Pippin Hill Winery. He not only looked the part and started playing as soon as the ceremony concluded but it also began to rain at the same time. J.R. continued to play in the rain and held everyone's attention with the bag pipes. It was like a scene out of Braveheart or somewhere in Scotland with the mist and mountains in the background. He was truly great and I'm so happy he played at our wedding and kept playing through the rain. Shaun & Carrie Stanford

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Wow, just wow. The highest score doesn’t do my rating justice, as he exceeded all my (very high) expectations. JR is a consummate professional—both in talent and in service. He made the funeral personal, and set the tone—a soulful, evocative, and even uplifting experience—a true tribute. He was able to work around obstacles (including timelines, weather, and venue requirements/limitations) to ensure a truly memorable experience. If you are thinking of having a piper, I highly recommend you contact JR.

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Funeral
Fairfax, VA
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2019
Nov
2
Funeral
Clinton, MD
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
2019
Oct
11
Funeral
Arlington, VA
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
2019
Sep
29
Wedding Ceremony
Powhatan, VA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Sep
26
Funeral
Washington, DC
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
2019
Sep
19
Celebration
Fredericksburg, VA
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
2019
Sep
14
Funeral
Springfield, VA
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2019
Sep
9
Funeral
Culpeper, VA
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2019
Sep
7
Memorial Service
Quantico, VA
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
2019
Sep
1
Birthday Party (Adult)
Rockville, MD
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
2019
Aug
26
Restaurant Event
Washington, DC
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2019
Aug
24
Funeral
Jeffersonton, VA
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Many Secular Scottish/Irish Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Popular Sacred/Church Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Popular Wedding Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Irish Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Scottish Funerary Tunes
Bagpipes
Taps
Bugle
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
Bugle
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
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Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note J.R. Arthur will also travel to Calverton, Casanova, Brooke, Corbin, Hartwood, Sealston, Stafford, Orlean, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, Thornburg, Woodford, Richardsville, Goldvein, Rappahannock Academy, Ruby, Dogue, Locust Grove, Quantico, Somerville, Sumerduck, Rectortown, Bowling Green, King George, Lignum, Mine Run, Nanjemoy, Partlow, Jersey, Triangle.
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