Dr. Raphael Pazo, Musical Director of Music and Elegance and Distinction with decades of experience performing at Weddings, Celebrations of Life Services (funeral, memorial, graveside committals and burials at sea), Anniversaries and Birthdays, Scottish, Irish and Welsh Cultural Events, Private Parties, Corporate Events, Military and Law Enforcement Events (graduations, promotions, memorials and remembrances, Civic Events, Film and Radio Productions, Educational Presentations, Celtic Cultural Presentations and any other event requiring the Majestic Sound of the Great Highland Bagpipes. He enjoys playing both "light music" (marches, reels, jigs, hornpipes, strathspeys, slow airs ) as well as "Piobaireachd", the classical music of the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes.
He began his musical education at the age of 8 a as violinist. He studied at the Music Institute Juan Morel Campos, the San Juan, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Music, his major field of study being a violinist and an symphonic and philharmonic orchestra conductor. He is also a talented arrange and composer. Dr. Pazo attended the California summer sessions of The College of Piping, based I Glasgow, Scotland, the Piping Centre of the World with members of the faculty of the College of Piping, Staff of the Army School of Piping at Edinburgh Castle, in Inverness and Skye, Scotland, United, Kingdom. He has also received private lessons form piping professionals Iain Whitelaw of California and Bill Livingstone of London, Ontario, Canada.
Besides being a professional bagpiper, Dr. Pazo plays several other instruments, including: Scottish, Welsh, Irish and Spanish Bagpipes (gaitas); violin, viola, violoncello, bass; classical guitar, mandolin, ukulele, recorders (English Medieval Flutes - all ranges from Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass; clarinet, cuatro and shofar. He also performs as a soloist (Baritone) in a variety of languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. He enjoys Barbershop Quartet singing as a member of the Stockton Portsmen (local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society) and sings Baritone in his own quartet, All in A-Chord.
He is a music instructor, composer and arranger. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and a life member of: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans of America, AmVets - American Veterans and a member of the American Legion. He is Master Mason, Past Master and Former District Inspector and a member of Woodbridge Lodge 131, Anaheim Lodge 207 (Past Master in 2000) and Lodi Lodge 256, Free and Accepted Masons; San Francisco and Stockton Scottish Rite Bodies, The American Federation of Music Teachers, Past President and member of the International Guild of Professional Linguists and a member the Barbershop Harmony Society.
He is a devoted husband to his college sweetheart of for 26 years, and proud father of 4 and grandfather of 3.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
When Irish yes Are SmilingTraditional Irish Air
The Rowan TreeTraditional March
The Rose of AllendaleTraditional March
The Mason's ApronHornpipe
Itchy FingersScottish Jig
My HomeSlow March
High Road to LintonTraditional March
Lord DunmoreScottish Jig
Mary DarrochBridal Waltz
Lament for the Fallen HeroesDr. Raphael Pazo - Memorial Piobaireachd
Mrs. McLeo of RaasayTraditional Scottish reel
Barbara's Jigs SetTraditional Jig
Gary Owen - Theme of US CalvaryTraditional Irish March
Loudon's Bonnie Woods and BraesStrathspey
Orange and BlueStrathspey
The Skye Boat SongTraditional Scottish
Gary OwenIrish Jig
The Irish WasherwomanIrish Jig
Dark IsleTraditional - Slow Air
Erin's Green ShoreTraditional - Slow Air
Auld Lang SyneTraditional Celebration Song
Loch LomondTraditional Scottish Love Song
A Man is a Man for a'ThatTraditional Scottish Celebration Song
Ghillie CallumScottish Sword Dance
Inverness RantFast March
Highland Cradle SongTraditional Scottish Wake Song
Dream AngusSlow Air
Bonnie DundeeSpirited March
The Kilt is my DelightFast Reel
Flowers of the ForestTraditional - Slow Air
Amazing GraceTraditional/Spiritual - Slow Air
Scotland The BraveTraditional - Military March
Highland LaddieTraditional - March
Scots Wha Hae - BannockburnRobert the Bruce - March
Highland Cathedral - Bridal MarchUri Roever and Michael Korb
O, Danny Boy - Londonderry AirTraditional Slow Air
My Love She's but a LassieTraditional
Barren Rock of AdenTraditional March
Bridal MarchRichard Wagner
Mairi's WeddingTraditional Bridal March
Brown Hair MaidenTraditional Bridal March
Abide With MeTraditional/Spiritual
Going HomeAntonin Dvorak - from 9th Symphony
Song of JoyLudwig Van Beethoven
Happy We've Been a'ThegitherTraditional Anniversary Song
LochansideTraditional Slow March
Lochaber No MoreTraditional Scottish Farewell Song
My Lodging is in the Cold GroundTraditional Scottish Farewell
Over ThereTraditional American Military Song
When Johnny Comes Marching HomeTraditional American Military Song
My professors who have had the greatest influence of me are, Dugald McNeill, Harry MacNulty, Bruce Hitchings, Jimmy Young (all from Scotland), Iain Whitelaw from California, and Bill Livingstone from Canada.
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In addition to Lodi, Dr. Raphael Pazo, Jr. will also travel to Woodbridge, Stockton, Victor, Acampo, Thornton, Galt, Lockeford, Clements, Isleton, Ryde, Holt, Walnut Grove, French Camp, Linden, Courtland, Herald, Bethel Island, Elk Grove, Hood, Wallace
and many other locations in and around the Lodi area.
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