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J.R. Arthur

Celtic Bagpipes from Fredericksburg, VA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2012
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BOOKED 20 days ago

$275 - $350 per hour
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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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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2020
Oct
30
Wedding Ceremony
Barboursville, VA
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2020
Oct
4
Birthday Party (Adult)
Annapolis, MD
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2020
Oct
2
Club Event
Leesburg, VA
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
2020
Aug
30
Funeral
Glen Burnie, MD
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2020
Aug
22
Memorial Service
Columbia, MD
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2020
Aug
14
Funeral
Quantico, VA
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2020
Jul
21
Memorial Service
Washington, DC
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2020
Jun
21
Wedding
Chevy Chase, MD
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2020
Apr
18
Birthday Party (Adult)
Arlington, VA
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
2020
Mar
14
Club Event
Washington, DC
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2020
Mar
2
Funeral
Richmond, VA
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
2020
Feb
26
Funeral
Manassas, VA
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
2019
Nov
19
Funeral
Fairfax, VA
1:30 PM - 2:00 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
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
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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