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The Bagpiper - Michael McClanathan

Bagpipes from Scottsdale, AZ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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About
Michael's family came from the Isle of Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland, over to Canada, then down to Michigan. He first heard the pipes in Kincardine, Ontario where some of the family had settled, and the sound touched him, and he started lessons at 10 years old. The passion for piping started then and has only grown through the years. Michael has passed on the tradition to his son, and is now teaching his Grandson who is 9, and has taught hundreds of students over the years.

At 16 years old, Michael was playing with a Grade 2 Pipe Band, traveling around the country and Canada competing and won many medals and trophies in both solo and band competitions.

Michael has studied under some of the best pipers in the world at the College of Piping and the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, at Ceolas, the premier Gaelic and Piping school in Scotland on the Isle of South Uibst, and at the Gaelic College in Nova Scotia.

Michael's solo Bagpipe CD "Come to the Hills" has sold thousands, and features Michael playing the Great Highland Bagpipes made by David Glen in 1860, the Cauld Wind Bellows pipes made by Hamish Moore and the Low Whistle in D. They are available for purchase at

Michael says that the greatest compliment he received on his CD was when George Benson bought one. He said "I remember buying his CDs back in the day, but who could ever imagine that he would buy mine!"

He has been recorded in the studio and on stage to be featured on CDs of 5 different bands.

He plays an antique set of pipes made by the legendary pipe maker Peter Henderson. They are African Blackwood, ivory and hand carved Sterling Silver, made in 1880. The sound is truly from another time when things were crafted by hand, and now mellowed with age. Also, Border Pipes, from the Scottish Border area are available and have a lower pitch and less volume, or Parlor Pipes can be played indoors and are quite quiet.

Michael has been a featured Piper in a Hollywood movie with Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch, and also an Indie movie where he was the wedding Piper.
He has also played for celebrities like Dick Van Dyke, Cheryl Ladd and Canadian hockey legend Don Cherry.

He was featured as the Piper for the Tilted Kilt on the reality TV series "Undercover Boss".

Michael has played on stage with the Chieftains at the Mesa Center for the Arts, at the Orpheum Theater with the Jimmy Dunn Band, at Symphony Hall for President George Bush and opened for Celtic Women at the Dodge Theater.

He did a one man show on stage at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts called "Bagpipes 101", played at ASU Stadium for the Pat Tillman Run, and played a concert at Tim's Toyota Arena in Prescott.

He has opened several times for Scottish singer Jim Malcolm, formerly the lead singer for the Old Blind Dogs, and played jam sessions with the same group.

He has played at the Capital Building for the opening of the legislature in Arizona, as well as for the last 5 Governors of Arizona and the wedding for one of their daughters.

Michael's Piping adventurers have taken him to far flung locations. He was flown to New York to play a funeral for a prominent attorney and former assistant to John D. Rockefeller, Governor of New York, flown to Tahoe to play for the opening of a private Golf Course, then to Las Vegas twice for celebrity weddings. He played destination weddings in Napa, Peter Island BVI and in the Scilly Islands off the Cornwall Coast in England.

He played the pipes at sunset to close the day on a cruise in the British Virgin Islands, was asked to play a concert at the College of Piping in Glasgow for the Charter Members and played from the crow's nest of a tall ship for the closing ceremonies of the Tall Ships Race in Greenock, Scotland.

Most recently, he just returned from Italy where he played the wedding for Drew Scott, one of the Property Brothers on TV. It was featured in People Magazine and on his TV show.

The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale Arizona has picked Michael to be their resident Bagpiper, playing every night at sunset on the golf course to close the day. He has been there 15 years and is an integral part of the hotel experience.
They even have his image on a beer tap called "Piper's Pale Ale".

He also finds time to donate his Piping skills for the Maricopa County Sheriff Department Honor Guard.

Michael played for a wedding the first time at 14 years old, and that was over 50 years ago and has played over 1,000 weddings since, so you are getting an experienced Piper.

He has supported himself and his family as a professional Piper for over 30 years, and has owned and run a Scottish import shop and kilt rental facility for over 20 years. His dedication to Piping, and his professionalism will ensure your event is perfection.
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Michael McLanathan is a talented bagpiper. Our guests all commented about how good he was. I am very happy that we chose him for my daughter's wedding.

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The Bagpiper - Michael McClanathan’s Response:

Thanks Ann Marie, it was an honor to play for your daughter’s wedding and be a part of her important life memories.

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My mother wanted bagpipes to play at her funeral service, we hired Michael to play Amazing Grace. He did a wonderful job, piping around the church and honoring my mom. Thank you so much!

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Michael was fantastic! He is very personable and professional.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2021
Feb
28
Birthday Party (Adult)
San Francisco, CA
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
2020
Jun
7
Birthday Party (Adult)
Sun City, AZ
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
2019
Nov
9
Wedding
Glendale, AZ
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
Jul
18
Funeral
Phoenix, AZ
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
2019
Apr
8
Funeral
Glendale, AZ
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2019
Apr
5
Wedding Reception
Tempe, AZ
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Mar
25
Corporate Function
Phoenix, AZ
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Mar
17
Saint Patrick's Day Party
Phoenix, AZ
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
Mar
8
Community Event
Scottsdale, AZ
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
2019
Feb
18
Private Party
Phoenix, AZ
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2019
Feb
9
Funeral
Sun City West, AZ
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
2019
Jan
12
Memorial Service
Surprise, AZ
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2019
Jan
9
Birthday Party (Adult)
Goodyear, AZ
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM
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Most Requested:
Perfect
Ed Sheeran
You Raise Me Up
Josh Groban
Outlander Theme
Amazing Grace
Going Home
Flowers of the Forest
Scotland the Brave
Danny Boy
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The Wedding March
The Irish Wedding Song
Canon in D
Ode to Joy
Highland Cathedral
Highland Wedding
Happy Birthday
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Patriotic - Military Tunes and Hymns:
America the Beautiful
God Bless America
The Marine Corps Hymn
The Army Song
Anchors Aweigh
The Navy Hymn
O Canada
Eternal Father Strong to Save
God Save the Queen
Hava Nagila
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
The Star-Spangled Banner
Yankee Doodle Dandy
You're a Grand Old Flag
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
In the Garden (He walks with Me)
Morning Has Broken
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Irish Tunes:
Brian Boru's March
Cork Hill
For Ireland I'll No Tell Her Name
Galway Bay
Garryowen
It's a Long Way to Tipperary
Kelly the Boy from Killane
Minstrel Boy
My Wild Irish Rose
On Raglan Road
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore
Paddy's Leather Breeches
She Moves Through the Faire
The Black Velvet Band
The Fields of Athenry
The Gypsy Rover
The Wearin of the Green
The Wild Rover
Wearin' o' the Green
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Scottish Tunes:
42nd Highlanders
79th Farewell to Gibraltar
A Hundred Pipers
All the Blue Bonnets Are Over the Border
A Man's A Man For A' That
Angus MacKinnon
Atholl Highlanders
Auld Lang Syne
Balmoral
Barbara's Jig
Blue Bells of Scotland
Bonnie Dundee
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Cabar Feidh
Captain Colin Campbell
Captain Norman Orr Ewing
Castle Dangerous
Colonel MacLeod
Come to the Hills
Crossing the Minch
Cullen Bay
Dalnahassig
Dawning of the Day
Donald MacLean's Farewell to Lewis
Dovecote Park
Dream Angus
Duncan Johnstone
Duncan MacInnes
Farewell to the Creeks
Flower of Scotland
For All Those Endearing Young Charms
Gardens of Skye
Ghillie Calum
Glendural Highlanders
Hector the Hero
High Road to Gairloch
High Road to Linton
Highland Laddie
Jimmy Findlater
Jock Wilson's Ball
Kilworth Hills
Leaving Port Askaig
Lochanside
Loch Lomond
Loch Maree
Loch Rannoch
Lord Lovat's Lament
Loudon's Bonnie Woods and Braes
MacCrimmon's Lament
Maggie Cameron
Mhairi's Wedding
Mingulay Boat Song
Miss Ada Crawford
Monymusk
Mrs Joy Cairns
Mrs MacPherson of Inveran
Murdo's Wedding
My Home
My Lodging's on the Cold Ground
Road to the Isles
Molly Connell
Morag of Dunvegan
Mrs. Joy Cairns
Mull of Kintyre
My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch
Pipe Major J. K. Cairns
Rakes of Mallow
Robin Adair
Scots Wha Hae
Skye Boat Song
Stop yer Ticklin Jock
Teribus
The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering
The Badge of Scotland
The Balmoral Highlanders
The Barren Rocks of Aden
The Battle of Waterloo
The Bells of Dunblane
The Black Bear
The Brown Haired Maiden
The Caledonian Canal
The Cock of the North
The Cradle Song
The Dark Island
The Devil among the Tailors
The Devil in the Kitchen
The Earl of Mansfield
The Glasgow City Police Pipers
The Green Hills of Tyrol
The Heights of Dargai
The Highland Cradle Song
The Highland Wedding
The High Road to Linton
The Jig of Slurs
The Liberton Polka
The Little Spree
The Marquis of Huntly's Highland Fling
The Mason's Apron
The Meeting of the Waters
The Mist Covered Mountains
The Mucking of Geordie's Byre
The Northern Lights Of Aberdeen
The Nut Brown Maiden
The Parting Glass
The Piper of Drummond
The Piper's Waltz
The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu
The Road to the Isles
The Rowan Tree
The Siege of Delhi
The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel
These Are My Mountains
Waltzin' Matilda
Welcome the Piper
We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa'
Westering Home
When the Battle's O'er
Whistle O'er the Lave O't
Will Ye No Come Back Again
Wings
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
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 The Bagpiper - Michael McClanathan will also travel to Fountain Hill, Apache Junction, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, Chandler Heights, Chandler, Higley, Gilbert, Tortilla Flat, Carefree, Bapchule, Sacaton, Sun Lakes, Fort Mcdowell, Florence, Coolidge, Superior, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Rio Verde, Casa Grande, Glendale, Peoria, Laveen, Sun City, Cashion, Eloy, Miami, Maricopa.
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