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Jon K. Shell

Bagpipes from Elizabethton, TN - Will travel up to 100 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2011
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$250 - $450 per event
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About
"Best on the field today"

"Best sounding bagpipe by far"

"God-like sounding bagpipe"

Top judges of bagpipes have said these things, time and time again.

Whether it's the late world class teacher and piper Ed Neigh, world class piper and judge, Colin MacLellan, or Sandy Jones: all agree that Jon's bagpipe itself is world class.

Jon is easily one of the most experienced pipers on the bash.

Jon Shell has piped recently for celebrities such as Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and previously for Rod Stewart, Mrs. Bing Crosby, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bob Hope, Michael Jordan, Pat Boone, Jose Ferrar, Elizabeth Taylor and Senator John Warner among countless others.

Princeton University, PGA American Legends Golf, The Biltmore House, Pinehurst, Spoleto and the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament are among the places and events that he has performed in addition to two World's Fairs.

Jon has appeared on most legacy media; on the Turner South Network on Liars and Legends, Portrait of America and other programs. Jon has appeared in countless publications including the Wall Street Journal, who named him a "virtuoso grade 1 piper"; Mississippi Magazine, Newsweek, Time, US News World Report, USA Today and others.

Piping for high-end secure events that require discretion are Jon's specialty.

Jon moved, at age 12, to the Washington, DC area in order to take private lessons with Pipe Major Sandy Jones. Jon also attended summer school with John MacFayden and others at the North American Academy of Piping.

Other teachers Jon was influenced/taught by are Ed Neigh, Duncan MacFayden, Hamilton Workman, Captain John A. MacLellan, Ed Krintz and Roddy MacDonald.

Jon is the former Eastern United States Champion in grade 2 and runner up in grade 1.

Jon won a full scholarship to Belhaven University for his piping.

He was the grade 1 Piobaireachd (classical music) winner at Grandfather Mountain for several years running.

Jon was the Pipe Sergeant of the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders, who won the 2011 Champion of Champions Grade 4 Pipe Band in the EUSPBA. He was also the Pipe Sergeant of the band when they won Champion of Champions in Grade 2 in 1986. Jon was the Pipe Sergeant of the GMH on several runs to Maxville, Ontario in both grade 2 and 3, where band won 2nd to St. Thomas, among other prizes. Jon has competed and has been in the prize list for solos at Maxville, Ontario in grade 1.

Jon also helped lead the Grandfather band to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships, where the band won their qualifier in 2010. While the band didn't win the final, the band went on to place among the top 11 in the World in gr 4A.

Jon also won the Over 50 Championship for the Southeastern Branch of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

Jon most recently piped with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band as a guest piper for 2 years with his friend Bill Caudill.

Jon teaches the current virtual online Eastern US champion in grade 4 (now grade 3) and teaches piping in summer at the North American Academy of Piping with his former teacher Sandy Jones

Jon is a retired public school teacher and works now in risk management.


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50+ The Bash Verified Bookings
Responds quickly to booking requests
A member of The Bash for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding members on The Bash for 2020!
One of the most outstanding members on The Bash for 2019!
One of the most outstanding members on The Bash for 2018!
One of the most outstanding members on The Bash for 2016!
One of the most outstanding members on The Bash for 2014!

Funeral

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With Jon’s vast experience and gracious assistance, he delivered an extraordinary graveside service for my father with the playing of "Amazing Grace", followed by closing with the traditional crossing as he played "Going Home” Friends, family are are still talking about how powerfully emotional his performance was. Jon’s coordination prior to the service was spot on with immediate feedback on our request for the funeral. Thank you Jon for everything, sir...you are a true professional.

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Jon K. Shell’s Response:

Thank you so much!

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This guy is a real professional. I cannot say enough about the impact his piping had on our event. He played more songs than expected and his quality was even better in person I thought than his on line posts. I can only hope he can bless us again with his skills. Til next time. Thanks from the heart.

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Jon K. Shell’s Response:

Thank you very much, Keith!

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Funeral

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Jon K. Shell was amazing, respectful, resourceful, and extremely flexible (the weather was crazy with torrential rain, it was rustic and very muddy). He is very talented! The rain subsided just long enough for the service. Everyone really enjoyed his music and speaking with him. I would recommend Jon to anyone looking for a piper.

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Jon K. Shell’s Response:

Thank you Mary for the positive review! I enjoyed meeting you and your family and piping for you all!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2021
Mar
20
Speakeasy
JC, TN
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2020
Oct
17
Funeral
Newland, NC
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2020
Sep
19
Festival
Easley, SC
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
2020
Aug
3
Corporate Function
Inez, KY
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2019
Oct
21
Funeral
Spartanburg, SC
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2019
Sep
28
Private Party
Easley, SC
8:30 PM - 8:45 PM
2019
Aug
10
Memorial Service
Asheville, NC
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2019
Jul
28
Private Party
Boone, NC
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Jun
29
Funeral
Asheville, NC
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
Jun
20
Funeral
Abingdon, VA
11:00 PM - 11:15 PM
2018
Oct
7
Funeral
Waynesville, NC
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2018
Jul
28
Memorial Service
Bristol, VA
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2018
Jun
23
Wedding
Bristol, TN
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Amazing Grace
Happy Birthday
Flowers of the Forest
Go Rest High
Going Home
Scotland the Brave
The Gift of Love
Abide With Me
Pachabel's Canon
Shalom
various
Highland Cathedral
Traditional Marches, Strathpeys, Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
Proms
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Events
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Super Bowl Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
Please note Jon K. Shell will also travel to Butler, Milligan College, Watauga, Johnson City, Hampton, Piney Flats, Bluff City, Mountain Home, Roan Mountain, Unicoi, Bristol, Blountville, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Erwin, Elk Park, Sugar Grove, Telford, Valle Crucis, Fall Branch, Minneapolis, Limestone, Shady Valley, Hiltons, Banner Elk, Green Mountain, Mountain City, Plumtree, Vilas, Chuckey.
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