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Darrell Calvillo

Bagpipes from San Bernardino, CA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$250 - $1500 per event
Darrell Calvillo is an open class solo competitor, band leader, musical arranger, studio musician, educator, and proprietor of DC Music with over fifteen years of professional experience in the music industry.

Darrell is a member of Celtic/World band Silent Planet and also performs as a guest artist with various bands and ensembles such as The Chieftains, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Blue Man Group. Darrell is currently a member of the Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco and has previously competed with competition bands in every grade. In the entertainment industry, Darrell has recently has been featured by Lee Whittaker, KC and the Wright Combination, and Robbie Bray and also been in filmings for Capitol Records, Amazon Studios, Budweiser, CBS, E!, and TLC.

Experience the majestic sound, romance, and pageantry of military bagpipe and drum bands or the toe tapping melodies and dances of a Celtic pub band. Darrell is very versatile in that he play three different types of bagpipes: the Great Highland Bagpipes (aka Irish warpipe), Scottish smallpipes, as well as low whistle and penny whistle. He is available for any private or public performance as a soloist or with one of his ensembles. To make your event truly unique and special have a piper/drummer duet, complete bagpipe band, or Celtic/World band Silent Planet. Irish and Scottish dancers are also available on request! Prices are reasonable, especially considering Darrell only works with dedicated artists, not home town amateurs and is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians. Just because someone has played for 30 years does not mean that they play well at all!


Awards

Las Vegas Highland Games 2013 Piobaireachd Champion

Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal (LAPD)

Western United States Pipe Band Association 2012 Professional Piping Champion

United Scottish Society 2012 Piobaireachd Champion

Alaskan Scottish Highland Games 2010 Champion

Western United States Pipe Band Association Grade 2 Band Champion 2008-2010

Seaside Highland Games 2006 Champion

Queen Mary Scottish Festival 2006 Champion

2002, 2004, 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade

2001 Tournament of Roses Parade

The obsession with making music started for Darrell at age nine when he first learned violin at school. During middle school and high school he performed with the Citrus College Summer Youth Orchestra and Claremont Youth Orchestra. Inspired by Riverdance and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, Darrell became interested in Celtic music. While in 8th grade, Darrell began to learn how to play the pipes with the Glendora High School Pipe Band, receiving formal instruction from Jeffrey Henderson and Colin Armstrong. During senior year of high school, began attending Citrus College to study music theory and performance. At Citrus College he began to learn baritone saxophone and performed in various school groups, including the Sierra Wind Symphony, big band, and Latin (salsa and cumbia) ensemble. Darrell transferred to the University of La Verne and earned his Bachelors Degree in Music. These musical foundations in combination with tutelage of master pipers Murray Henderson, Ian Whitelaw, and Seumas Coyne have gifted Darrell with extensive experience in western classical music with specialization in the Celtic genre. For over a decade Darrell has been a professional music educator, instructing and mentoring numerous competition and performance bands, and scores of individual students, many of whom have grown to become successful musicians.

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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

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Darrell did an excellent job at my daughter's wedding! All of the guests absolutely raved about him and his group of pipers and drummers - it MADE the entire wedding experience extraordinary! I highly recommend Darrell - he was very responsive to my phone calls and emails, he worked well with the surprise element for the groom, and his music was literally awesome!

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Darrell is AMAZING! Our St. Patrick's Day party included over 150 guests ranging in age from 2-82. We weren't sure how the kids would react to Darrell's surprise performance which started as he marched down the street. Well - Darrell quickly became the pied piper. He was surrounded by kids doing the jig and forming a circle line dance around him. Darrell took it all in stride. His performance was top-notch, entertaining and memorable. I would highly recommend him and look forward to working with him again. THANK YOU!

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Other than my immediate family DC is my new favorite Scot. Book this guy. He is Awesome. You'll be happy and the talk of the party.

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2017
Feb
19
Wedding Ceremony
Fullerton, CA
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2016
Nov
5
Funeral
Riverside, CA
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2016
Nov
4
Celebration
Lemoore, CA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2016
Oct
15
Wedding
Fallbrook, CA
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Oct
14
Funeral
Tustin, CA
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2016
Oct
2
Birthday Party (Adult)
Alhambra, CA
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
Sep
12
Corporate Function
Yorba Linda, CA
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Amazing Grace
hymn
Scotland The Brave
Former Scottish National Anthem
Highland Cathedral
Bridal Chorus ("Here Comes the Bride")
Richard Wagner
Wedding March
Felix Mendelssohn
Going Home
Antonin Dvorak (New World Symphony)
Sergeant MacKenzie
from "We Were Soldiers"
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Cu Chulainn's Lament)
Trad Irish (Riverdance)
Greensleeves (Who's Child is This)
English Folk Song
How Great Thou Art
Trad. Hymn
Percussion
Flute
Fiddler
Bagpipes
Celtic Fiddler
Celtic Bagpipes
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
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 Darrell Calvillo will also travel to Rialto, Cedarpines Park, Crestline, Rimforest, Twin Peaks, Blue Jay, Colton, Highland, Bloomington, Crest Park, Fontana, Bryn Mawr, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Patton, Skyforest, Cedar Glen, Grand Terrace, Redlands, Etiwanda.
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