Melody was great. She even anticipated the slight rain and handled it perfectly. Everyone was extremely pleased with hoer performance.
(1) TAKE A LITTLE TIME to interview each prospective piper and make your own decisions. Booking a piper with excellent ratings is a good place to start, however, there may be pipers fairly new to this service who are equally or even better qualified for your event but just haven't built up their reviews yet.
(2) LISTEN AND COMPARE -- listening to music samples or videos provided is also prudent, and you might ask the prospective piper if the recordings provided are genuinely theirs, or just an example of a particular tune.
(3) BOOK WISE AND BOOK LOCAL. Unless you already know, like and trust your piper, book the piper closest to your event to to prevent travel logistics from interfering with your event. If the local piper is unavailable, ask them for a recommendation. The piping world is small and they can best help you find an excellent piper close by.
(4) BE WARY of pipers calling to talk you out of the local or recommended piper, especially if they are asking about the quotes you received. ANY piper trying to get your business by trying to cast doubt about another piper should be suspect. Most pipers tend to respect each other as there is a sort of "code of conduct" among us, but that is not always the case.
(5) ALL VENDORS PAY the booking fee charged by this service. If someone infers they are doing you a special service by paying the booking fee, they are just doing what everyone else does.
(6) BOOKING SERVICE has 3 levels of paid membership. The more a vendor pays for membership, the more visible they are within the booking service.
(7) TAKE A LITTLE TIME to interview your piper so you can feel confident you have made a good decision in the end.
If you are not satisfied with rates quoted by the most local piper, proceed to the next closet piper. If you are looking for something special, ask for it.
Melody Farquhar-Chang is a female bagpiper of Scottish heritage (Clan Farquharson & Clan MacKay) located in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a member of the Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA), Melody is an awarded solo and band piper, competing at events throughout California and the western United States. Melody is the official Clan Farquharson USA bagpiper and she has piped with The Piano Guys and The Chieftains in concert. She pipes with Silicon Valley Pipe Band and should you desire additional pipers, drummers, or even highland dancers to make your event successful, Melody can help you make arrangements to fulfill your needs with additional players.
Melody is committed to making your event successful, and she prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients. She thoroughly discusses her client's needs beforehand, helping them to plan and select appropriate tunes for their event. If needed, she is happy to meet her clients at the event venue beforehand to work out logistics. On event day, Melody arrives early to the venue to ensure she understands her role so things go as planned. Should last minute changes need to be made, she is flexible and adapts easily. Melody plays a set of beautiful half-silver, African blackwood bagpipes with beautiful full drones and a blackwood chanter with sweet timbre. She keeps her instrument well-maintained to prevent potential instrument malfunctions. Audio samples are provided for you to listen to, and more will be added as they are recorded. Your event is important, and Melody's purpose is to help make your event successful and something beautifully memorable to look back on.
Charitable & Memorial Events: Every year on her birthday, 9/11, Melody donates her time piping at fire stations throughout the South Bay in remembrance of firefighters and their service on 9/11. Throughout the year, Melody donates her piping skills to various charitable fundraising events such as Honor Flight for Veterans, Operation Surf for Veterans, Relay for Life, and memorial events such as Wreaths Across America. Melody also donates time to the San Jose Police Emerald Society pipe band in their mission to support fallen officers.