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Champion Bagpiper For San Francisco Bay

Bagpipes from San Rafael, CA - Will travel up to 300 miles
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3 time Western U.S. Champion piper available for all events. Fifty years of piping experience. I guarantee a beautiful sounding instrument and the best musicianship. I play genuine Henderson bagpipes made for me in 1967. I am a full time professional musician available on SHORT NOTICE throughout the Bay area, Central and Northern California.

I started competing as a solo bagpiper 45 years ago and have won many medals in the United States. I began playing with a pipe band in parades in 1967 and performed for my first wedding at age 14.

Although I perform for mostly weddings, funerals, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and corporate events, I have recently performed with the San Francisco Opera, The Chieftains, The California Symphony, The Napa Valley Symphony, and the Diablo Symphony orchestras.
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Thanks so much to Fred Payne for playing at our father’s memorial service. He was courteous and professional, and knew exactly when to be “present” and when to fade into the background. He was very flexible with our last minute decisions during the memorial, took his cues from us, and communicated well with us to make the whole thing easy. His playing was excellent, the song choices were perfect, and his performances elicited both tears and applause. We would highly recommend Fred. Susan Fish

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Memorial Service

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Fred's performance was powerful, subtle, and deeply moving. The song he suggested to close out our father's memorial was full of nobility and honor, and even a bit of joy. The service ended with Fred marching from the hall while playing. The sound of his pipes fading into the distance, and then disappearing, was profound, and a moment of grace. Also, Fred's presence before and after the memorial was unobtrusive and reassuring. In short, we were glad he was there.

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Wedding Reception

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Fred was phenomenal! We had Fred surprise our wedding guests at the end of the reception. He walked around (outside) our venue, and as he did he started to play. We were all inside and suddenly our guests heads just whipped around searching for where the sound was coming from. When he walked in you could tell everyone was just pleasantly shocked. It was so unexpected for them. Nonetheless, he is super talented, and his music is just perfect. He brought my husband’s Uncle (of Scottish descent) to tears with his performance. We highly recommend Fred to anyone planning a wedding in the Sonoma County!

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Wedding
Chico, CA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Jun
2
Wedding Ceremony
San Martin, CA
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
2017
Jul
13
Wedding Ceremony
Half Moon Bay, CA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2017
Mar
30
Funeral
Oakland, CA
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
2017
Mar
26
Memorial Service
Kenwood, CA
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2017
Mar
25
Memorial Service
Los Altos, CA
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Mar
24
Funeral
Dixon, CA
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2017
Mar
11
Saint Patrick's Day Party
Sonoma, CA
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Mar
9
Funeral
Lower Lake, CA
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
2nd Hour Discount!
 
More Than 140 Tunes including-
Favorites:
Scotland The Brave
the ultimate Scottish March
The Dawning Of The Day
a great Irish tune/song
Coming Through The Rye
The Bridal March
The Rowan Tree
The Marines
Anchors Aweigh
The Green Hills Of Tyrol
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
Please note Champion Bagpiper For San Francisco Bay will also travel to Larkspur, San Quentin, Tamal, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Mill Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Tiburon, Richmond, Sausalito, Novato, Stinson Beach, Woodacre, San Geronimo, San Pablo, Bolinas, El Sobrante, Forest Knolls, El Cerrito, Lagunitas, Nicasio, San Francisco, Albany, Berkeley, Olema, Pinole, Hercules.
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