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J.R. Arthur Celtic Bagpiper from Fredericksburg, VA

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 169 Reviews
  • 304 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2012
  • 14 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $300 per hour

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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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Review by Karen A.

Community EventReviewed on October 29, 2023From Madison, VA

JR was wonderful. Arrived early, stayed late, was charming to everyone. He is very talented and funny. Hire JR! You will not be sorry.

Review by Timothy P.

FuneralReviewed on October 22, 2023From Washington, DC

J.R. was absolutely amazing. Not only was a great bagpiper but he helped me plan the for things I hadn't thought of for the funeral. As a human, J.R. is simply fantastic. He was so caring and empathetic to what we were going though. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

Review by Bob W.

Anniversary PartyReviewed on October 5, 2023From Easton, MD

JR was an outstanding bagpiper who performed for my sisters and brother in law 60th anniversary. He surprised them and played for 45 minutes with different bagpiper tones. I had provided him with things about each of their lives and he wrote a tone specific to their lives. You don't come across a person as talented as JR and what a gentleman he was. I would recommend him to any one needing a super bagpiper for any event. Go The Bash to search him out.

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  • 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


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Past Events

November 10, 2023 • Wedding
Fri2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Manassas, VA
November 4, 2023 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Washington, DC
October 29, 2023 • Community Event
Sun9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Madison, VA
October 25, 2023 • Funeral
Wed3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Alexandria, VA
October 22, 2023 • Funeral
Sun10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Washington, DC
October 21, 2023 • Funeral
Sat1:30 PM - 2:30 PM King George, VA
October 14, 2023 • Private Party
Sat8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ruther Glen, VA
October 7, 2023 • Funeral
Sat2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Scotland, MD
October 5, 2023 • Anniversary Party
Thu5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Easton, MD
October 4, 2023 • Funeral
Wed11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Arlington, VA
September 30, 2023 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Richmond, VA
September 30, 2023 • Club Event
Sat8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Henrico, VA

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