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J.R. Arthur

Celtic Bagpiper from Fredericksburg, VA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 156 Reviews
  • 263 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2012
  • 12 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $275 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 Aileen C.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on July 6, 2021From Rockville, MD

J.R. Arthur was absolutely perfect for my mother's 85th birthday party. He walked down the street from the neighbors house as we all sat outside piping his way to the front of the house where we sat gathered. He played songs I requested that were my mom's favorites, and mixed the playing up with entertaining stories and poems too. And a more perfect distinguished looking piper would be hard to find. He was very organized and got back to me about every question I had. I would definitely recommend him.

Review by Catherine P.

WeddingReviewed on June 26, 2021From Hamilton, VA

JR was AMAZING, he was wonderful to work with and extremely professional! Our wedding was so memorable and JR made an impression on all the guests but the Bride & Groom were over the moon!! Thank you so much JR for making our wedding so Wonderful!! You played your pipes perfectly!!

Review by Erin M.

WeddingReviewed on May 22, 2021From Louisa, VA

We booked JR for our wedding this past May and the level of professionalism was outstanding. He asked lots of questions and gave suggestions to ensure everything would go smoothly for our special day. He even coordinated his banner to match my wedding colors and used the US Navy Flag as his banner since my husband is in the Navy. We cannot thank JR enough for the beautiful music he provided for our ceremony. Needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye in the audience!!

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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

October 15, 2021 • Funeral
Fri10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Quantico, VA
October 14, 2021 • Funeral
Thu2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Arlington, VA
October 1, 2021 • Wedding Ceremony
Fri6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Nellysford, VA
September 29, 2021 • Event
Wed9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Davidsonville, MD
September 1, 2021 • Funeral
Wed11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Stafford, VA
August 28, 2021 • Funeral
Sat10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Spotsylvania, VA
July 6, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Tue7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Rockville, MD
June 26, 2021 • Wedding
Sat7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Hamilton, VA
June 12, 2021 • Private Party
Sat2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Lusby, MD
June 9, 2021 • Funeral
Wed9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Arlington, VA
May 22, 2021 • Wedding
Sat4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Louisa, VA
April 24, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Leesburg, VA

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