Bill Willis

Bagpipes from Wallingford, PA - Will travel up to 80 miles
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$200 - $250 per event
Listeners say "just beautiful " Funeral directors say "you are the best " Philadelphia Magazine says" great "

Bill Willis has had the finest instruction in the mysteries and traditions of the bagpipes .He started his career in the British Army and has now been playing for over 50 years.
Bill is well experienced in the bagpiper's role in weddings . At a catering venue , he would lead in the bridal party with a stately slow tune and then process the happy newlyweds to the reception area with upbeat songs . As well as the traditional Irish and Scottish tunes , you may hear nursery rhymes for our youngest guests and perhaps even some Rod Stewart songs .
Sometimes he plays outside of the church, before and after the wedding service to signify that this is a special day .
Bill has a hilarious routine for parties : "how the bagpipes work " . This is humor in perfect taste , although Bill doesn't mind at all if the ladies want to tease him . Bill is available at short notice to play at funerals . It is sometimes his privilege to play "taps " on bugle to show last respects to our military , police and firefighters .
SOME COMMENDATIONS :
"Thank you for your spectacular performance at my mother's
memorial .Virtually everyone told me that you set the perfect tone for the activities that followed , your choice of tunes was excellent . I was happy to hear that our friends have booked you for their daughter's wedding . I guess I'm a true Scotsman . I'm delighted to know that I can enjoy your magnificent music twice whilst only paying for it once . Thanks again for a memorable performance ,
Lewin .

" You presence today was more important than you can imagine . the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren (and Great-Great Grandchild ) will have the moment indelible etched in their memory . thank you for the gift of your playing . I know they hear it on the other side . Walk in Beauty " . Heather .

" A tremendous job " Trevose Fire Company .

" An important part of our Independence Hall ceremony " Marine Corps Auxiliary , Delaware County .



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Funeral

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Bill Willis was a pleasure to work with and a thorough professional. He was helpful in selecting the music. He knew the location and how the interment service would be conducted. He was patient when arrangements were being coordinated by two people in different cities. On the day of the ceremony it was pouring rain. We asked him to come into shelter. However he stood his post in the rain a short distance away, as is usual. Johanne Peck

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What a great guy and a wonderful time. It could not have been any nicer. Bill was so gracious and willing to accommodate us in any way. We had a surprise wedding, yes, surprise, everyone was invited to the groom's surprise birthday party not knowing a wedding was going to actually take place. Our piper, Bill Willis knew and played along. He was even asking guest if the groom had any idea about the party before he made his entrance. Bill entered the hall playing Scotland the Brave and we entered shortly after him to surprise all the guests. What a wonderful evening. I can't think of any other way to make an entrance. Thanks Bill, Wendy & Jerry

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Funeral

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Bill Willis came in before the service and we met and discussed where he should position himself. I am very grateful he stayed for the entire service and played taps graveside; as the Marine Corp presented a placque remembering Dad's service in WWII. Bill saw the pictures of our dad, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to connect with the person he was representing with his music. He helped me regarding the placement of plants I bought in for decoration. My cousin remarked immediately on how good Bill was on the bag pipes. It was a beautiful service and we were blessed that Bill played for us. ~Excellent~ with grateful thanks. Anne Duncan

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2015
Oct
10
Wedding
Chester Springs, PA
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2014
Sep
28
Memorial Service
Ambler, PA
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2014
Jul
9
Funeral
Glen Mills, PA
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
2014
Jun
27
Wedding Ceremony
Broomall, PA
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2014
May
16
Funeral
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2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2013
Nov
20
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9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Please note Bill Willis will also travel to Brookhaven, Swarthmore, Woodlyn, Chester, Crum Lynne, Folsom, Media, Morton, Ridley Park, Aston, Glen Riddle Lima, Holmes, Lenni, Norwood, Prospect Park, Clifton Heights, Essington, Folcroft, Garnet Valley, Glenolden, Philadelphia, Bridgeport, Broomall, Chester Heights, Darby, Drexel Hill, Gradyville, Marcus Hook, Sharon Hill, Springfield.
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