Nothing focuses attention or makes your event as memorable as the skirl of the pipes provided by a skilled, kilted piper in formal highland dress.
Whether you are planning a casual beach wedding, a formal dinner/ceremony, or a solemn funeral with full military honors, I have the appropriate attire and can assist you in selecting music that will suit the occasion.
I am also a Bagpipe Teacher - I TEACH BAGPIPES, giving Bagpipe Lessons in the Annapolis, MD area.
Hi! I am HalThePiper and I can provide a special Celtic touch by playing my BAGPIPE at your special occasion - whether or not it is one of the following:
Military Dining-In or Dining-Out
Corporate Event , Product Launch, Fund Raiser
Sports or Seasonal Event
Anniversary, Birthday Party, Family Reunion
Funeral or Memorial Service
Some of the sample tracks on my MySpace site are my smallpipes - most of the rest feature my Great Highland Pipes (sometimes called Warpipes) playing Scotland The Brave (Cadence to Arms if you are a Dropkick Murphys fan), Highland Cathedral, and Amazing Grace. You can get pricing information, and see my complete bio at my main Website which is specified on my MySpace site.
In addition, I play the Deger Electronic Bagpipe, which can be played in a variety of keys - this is the electronic bagpipe played by Gaelic Storm's piper, and other stage performers.
I live in Annapolis, Maryland, and play as a member and occasional soloist with The Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums. As a solo performer, I have played for many Weddings and Parties, and for a Vice Admiral's retirement in the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., and a number of Military Dining Out functions.
I often play in O'Loughlin's Pub in Arnold, MD on St. Patrick's Day, and for Irish events. I have performed in Killarney House (Davidsonville), Harry Brown's (Annapolis), Fado's (Annapolis), Castle Bay (Annapolis), Galway Bay (Annapolis), Stan & Joe's (Annapolis), Middleton's Tavern (Annapolis) , McGarvey's (Annapolis), Armadillo's (Annapolis), Griffin's Grille (Arnold), The Irish Channel (Crofton), Old Bowie Town Grille, Tir Na Nog (Baltimore), and James Joyce, and Lucy's in Baltimore.
The Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums perform almost every other weekend - including Celtic Weekend at The Renaissance Festival. At the MD RenFair, I have enjoyed jamming with The Rogues at the Dragon's Lair, in addtion to playing with Off The Boat, the Wild Rovers, and The Chesapeake Caledonians. I often play with TIPSC (the Traditional Irish Pub Song Club). We perform at Killarney House in Davidsonville every third Tuesday of the month. The last three years, TIPSC entertained at The Maryland Irish Festival in November at Timonium.
This year, when available, and for fun, I will be playing at various local venues. Occasionally, I play a set with Seamus Kennedy on a Tuesday night at Harry Brown's (Annapolis).
I am working together with several keyboard musicians to put together a number of sets of music with the pipes playing with piano, keyboard, and/or organ, which we will offer to Brides as another option for ceremony music. The music produced by these two instruments playing in concert can be stunningly beautiful, so this is a very exciting development!
If you go to You Tube and search for: Hal The Piper
(make sure to put the spaces in there in order to get both videos to show up at the top), you'll get a video of me warming up before a Wedding Ceremony at Chase Court in Baltimore, and a video of me playing at The Whiskey in Annapolis (accompanied by a wonderful vocalist name Brittany for the first song).
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Dr. McInnes's Fancy (Hornpipe)HalThePiper
Because He Was a Bonnie LaHalThePiper d (Straths)
The Kilt is My Delight (Reel)HalThePiper
Blackberry Bush (Reel)HalThePiper
Shepherd's Crook (Strath)HalThePiper
Gillie Callum (Strath)HalThePiper
Scots Wha’ Hae’HalThePiper
The Flower of ScotlandHalThePiper
Hector The HeroHalThePiper
Sky Boat SongHalThePiper
The Flowers of the ForestHalThePiper
Abide With MeHalThePiper
Suo Gan (Welsh Air sung twice in Empire of The Sun)HalThePiper
Auld Lang SyneHalThePiper
The Bridal MarchHalThePiper
The Prince of Denmark's MarchHalThePiper
Boogie Woogie Piper (a la Seamus Kennedy)HalThePiper
We Will Rock YouHalThePiper
Star Wars & Darth Vader ThemeHalThePiper
The Lion Sleeps TonightHalThePiper
It's a Long Way to the Top (a la AC/DC)HalThePiper
Jesus Christ Super StarHalThePiper
Oh When the Saints Come Marching InHalThePiper
Sgt. McKenzie (from the movie We Were Soldiers)HalThePiper
The Mansions of the Lord (Theme from We Were Soldiers)HalThePiper
Andy Renwick's FerretHalThePiper
Rocky Road To DublinHalThePiper
Shipping Up To Boston - from the movie The DepartedHalThePiper
The Red Hot Chili Pipers, The Rogues, Off The Boat, The Dublin5, Gaelic Storm, The Old Blind Dogs, AC/DC
Wedding Ceremony in Arlington, VA on 03/16/2013
"Hal was on time, played beautifully, was very pleasant. We had asked if he would parade down King Street for two blocks to lead the wedding party to the hotel where the reception was. He did this very willingly and I understand, from the Bride and Groom, happily. It was last minutw as it was raining and we weren't sure this part would work out. Hal parked and waited for the affirmative phone call, and with Mother Nature's help, it all worked out and the wedding party and Hal had a ball doing this, not to mention all the folks on King Street who watched them pass by. Hal was terrific and I highly recommend him!"
- Mary C.
Wedding in Myersville, MD on 01/05/2013
"He was accommodating and great to work with. Very happy for job he did. "
- Rick P.
Wedding Ceremony in Fredericksburg, VA on 12/15/2012
"halpiper is a true scotteman at heart as I have traveled to scottland and listened to pipers and he is right there I feel that I was back in scottland and we had a couple from scottland and they were impressed they agreed he was exelent and a pleasure to have at our wedding my hat is off to the master of the pipes "
- Christopher T.
Wedding Ceremony in St Leonard, MD on 10/14/2012
"Hal was really great! I could not have asked for a better experience. Everyone really enjoyed his music and he made my wedding extra special!"
- Erin B.
Wedding Ceremony in Bryantown, MD on 10/06/2012
"Hal was wonderful! The guests at my daughter's wedding were delighted to enter the church to his piping. And the recessional was a grand exit! Hal was extemely accomodating and professional. Thank you!"
- Kelly K.
Funeral in Accomac, VA on 05/12/2012
"Hall was extremely accommodating and eager to make sure the family got everything they wanted for the graveside funeral service. Would definitely recommend Hal to anyone and will contact him in the future when needed. Thank you!"
- John T W.
Wedding Reception in Washington, DC on 04/14/2012
"My wife and I could not be happier with Hal! His talent and professionalism was unmatched, and made our special day even more special. W HIGHLY recommend Hal to any potential clients. He is the best of the best!"
- John W.
Wedding Ceremony in Bethesda, MD on 07/04/2009
"Thank you for performing at our wedding!!"
- Katherine L.
Father's Day Party in Dover, DE on 06/21/2009
"This performance was requested for a Father's Day gift for my 86 yr old Dad. He came through for me even though it was a last minute request. The performance was such a hit that other residents of my Dad's retirement home are still talking about it days later. Thanks again for a great experience."
- Michael C.
Funeral in Arlington, VA on 02/27/2009
"Hal the Piper did a wonderful job at my father's funeral. My father's funeral was at Arlington National Cemetary - and all he needed was the place and time, and he was there waiting at the appropriate location at the graveside ceremony. The music was beautiful and made the funeral complete. He also played at the reception at the Officers Club, and performed beautifully. Thank you!"
In addition to Annapolis, Halthepiper will also travel to Arnold, Edgewater, Mayo, Riva, Crownsville, Gibson Island, Severna Park, Stevensville, Davidsonville, Pasadena, Crofton, Galesville, Gambrills, Harwood, Millersville, Shady Side, West River, Chester, Churchton, Bowie, Deale, Glen Burnie, Odenton, Fort Howard, Lothian, Baltimore, Claiborne, Grasonville, Mcdaniel, Severn
and many other locations in and around the Annapolis area.
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