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The Happy Bagpiper

Bagpipes from Haddonfield, NJ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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BOOKED 49 days ago

$150 - $1500 per event
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About
THE BEST PIPING FOR YOUR ONCE-IN-A LIFETIME EVENT, with my personal guarantee of your complete satisfaction! A truly professional musician-bagpiper with over 3 decades of experience as a serious solo and pipe band competitor on the Great Highland Bagpipe, with more than 300 trophies and medals -- including 43 "piper of the day" championships -- on my record in competitions sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) and the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, Canada (PPBSO). A certified, successful grade 1 solo competitor, and former member of more than a dozen competition-level pipe bands in grades 3 and 2. A highly sought-after bagpiping instructor for individuals and bands, currently instructing the Camden County (NJ) Emerald Society Pipes & Drums as well as the Philadelphia Police and Firefighters Pipes & Drums. Also an accomplished public performer, having played multiple times at all of the major Philadelphia-area music and civic venues (Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, Merriam Theater, Union League, Phila Convention Center, Phila City Hall, etc.), a host of pubs and restaurants, as well as the entire 2013 run of performances of the Philadelphia world premier of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera "Silent Night" (based on a true World War 1 story) with the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
I am proud to play this great instrument, and look forward to making your special event truly memorable, whether it is a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, a wedding, birthday party, a corporate event or promotional activity, or some other remembrance or celebration. I always take special care in how I present myself, tailoring my appearance, uniform, and repertoire to the circumstances and style of your event. I am extremely well versed in Irish, Scottish, and other Celtic musical selections, and love to work directly with clients to tailor my performance to their particular needs and interests.
One of my heartfelt goals as a highly experienced, well-trained, and certifiably accomplished bagpiper is to educate folks about how truly amazing the bagpipe can sound. This is my essential mission. Sadly, even many people with professional training on other instruments often have only a vague idea of how a bagpipe really should sound and how it should be played. This is why I'm always ready to provide advice and help to bagpipe students and even other experienced pipers who may not have had the benefit of top-notch teachers and consistent training. The bagpipe is surely one of the noblest of all musical instruments, and whenever I play it, I am keenly aware of the great social and cultural Celtic heritage that it represents. I will continue to do my part to represent the instrument appropriately, with dignity and honor, as well as, of course, some good fun!
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2019!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

Wedding

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Talented, detail oriented, and utterly charming. Thom is the ideal bagpiper for your wedding! I was juggling several last-minute plans for our big day and did not check in with Thom about song selection or logistics until the week before the event. Good thing I had him! He recommended perfect song selections for our processessional And recessional, I didn’t need to do any additional research. One conversation over the phone and he had the logistics down. He arrived early, was polished, articulate, and so kind. I’m already thinking of reasons to hire him again because it was such a rewarding experience. Thom, you made our wedding day so special!! -Megan & Ted, Philly

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Corporate Function

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Thom was amazing! Highly recommended. Everyone at the party enjoyed him and said his playing was top notch!!

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Memorial Service

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I can't say enough about Thom. He came through like a champ. Professional in all our correspondence, he did exactly what he said he would do, when he would do it and everything was done to top caliber. Thank you Thom for taking part in our memorial, the handling of your services was one major part that I did not have to worry about at all. You were on top of everything and kept me in the loop in a timely and complete fashion. I wholeheartedly recommend Thom and will use him again in the future should the need arise.

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5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
2020
Jul
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Wedding Ceremony
Paoli, PA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2020
Feb
22
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2020
Feb
15
Funeral
Mantua, NJ
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2020
Feb
9
Funeral
Lewes, DE
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2020
Feb
8
Birthday Party (Adult)
Princeton, NJ
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
2020
Jan
17
Funeral
Philadelphia, PA
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2019
Dec
21
Wedding
Blue Bell, PA
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2019
Dec
14
Funeral
Swarthmore, PA
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2019
Nov
19
Funeral
Ashland, PA
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
2019
Oct
26
Wedding
Florham Park, NJ
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Oct
9
Funeral
Bethlehem, PA
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
2019
Sep
27
Memorial Service
Paoli, PA
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
2019
Aug
31
Memorial Service
Philadelphia, PA
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Minstrel Boy
Traditional
Wearing of the Green
Traditional
Wrap the Green Flag
Traditional
Sean South of Garryowen
Traditional
Garryowen
Traditional
God Save Ireland
Traditional
Amazing Grace
Traditional (Hymn)
How Great Thou Art
Traditional (Hymn)
Abide With Me
Traditional (Hymn)
St. Jude's Prayer
Traditional (Hymn)
On Eagles' Wings
Traditional (Hymn)
Here I Am, Lord
Traditional (Hymn)
Danny Boy
Traditional
Going Home
Traditional Celtic Air
Last Rose of Summer
Traditional / Thomas Moore
The Green Hills of Gwee Dore
Traditional Irish Air
Marine Corps Song
Traditional (Military)
Caissons Go Rolling (Army)
Traditional (Military)
Off We Go (Air Force)
Traditional (Military)
Anchors Away (Navy)
Traditional (Military)
America the Beautiful
Traditional American
God Bless America
Traditional American
Yankee Doodle
Traditional American
A Nation Once Again
Traditional Irish
Dawning of the Day
Traditional Irish
Kelly the Boy from Killane
Traditional Irish
Star of County Down
Traditional Irish
Cork Hill
Traditional Irish Jig
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Traditional Irish Jig
Scotland the Brave
Traditional Scottish
The Rowan Tree
Traditional Scottish
Highland Laddie
Traditional Scottish
Bluebells of Scotland
Traditional Scottish
Hyfrydol
Traditional Welsh
Many, many, many more!!
Traditional Celtic
Bagpipes
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
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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 Happy Bagpiper will also travel to Audubon, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, Lawnside, Barrington, Cherry Hill, Magnolia, Mount Ephraim, Oaklyn, Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester City, Merchantville, Runnemede, Somerdale, Glendora, Maple Shade, Pennsauken, Stratford, Gibbsboro, Westville, Clementon, Moorestown, Philadelphia, Voorhees, Woodbury, Marlton, National Park, Palmyra, Riverton.
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