Born into the MacGregor Clan, and trained by expert bagpiping teachers in Monterey and Canada, Elise considers herself to be a "People's Piper." She is equally in her element being the star attraction at a black-tie whiskey tasting, humbly presenting honors at a military funeral, escorting VIPs onto a corporate stage, marching newlyweds up the aisle, psyching-up golfers, or serenading wine tasters with smooth background music.
Five years of leading Celtic band Charmas (in which she plays both fiddle and bagpipes) have equipped Elise with a comprehensive knowledge of Irish/Scottish favorites, as well as a deep understanding of how to play Celtic music with authentic expression. Her bagpipe recordings are played on international radio/streaming throughout the UK and in America. She competes with the award-winning Monterey Bay Pipe Band, and seasonally performs with Canada's Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band (to whom she credits her large repertoire of Songs of Glory, Grand Marches, and Battle Marches).
Elise's diverse tune list includes more than an hour and a half of beautiful Funeral Tunes and Slow Airs, Irish favorites like Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Paddy's Shamrock Shore, Whiskey in the Jar, the St. Patrick's March, and the Garryowen jig, Scottish favorites like Loch Lomond, Flower of Scotland, "Outlander," and Auld Lang Syne, American/Canadian patriotic anthems, showy competition hornpipes, and assorted American rock/punk Irish riffs. Given a month for learning new music, Elise is happy to accept special requests for almost anything that could sound good played on bagpipes (including Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, and The Beatles).
Bagpipes are a finicky instrument, requiring constant maintenance, elaborate tuning, extended physical stamina, and rigorous fingerwork drills. Please do not make the extremely common mistake of booking the first bagpiper who calls and gives you an impressive sounding sales pitch. Gigmasters' statistics indicate that 90% of online shoppers never listen to bagpipers' demos, and almost unanimously prioritize cheap quotes over the quality of music they will be getting. If you only need a bagpiper to surprise your friend at a birthday party, then a budget bagpiper might be all you need. But if you "only" want your bagpiper to play Amazing Grace at a funeral, please keep in mind that making a slow air sound spellbinding is analogous to opening a combination lock: only with precise tuning alignment between all 3 drones and the chanter (whose square sound waves stack together like blocks) can a piper's music touch your soul, and achieving that kind of tuning often requires anticipating temperature/humidity changes that will occur between tuning and the performance time.
Elise specializes in playing bagpipes for funerals, weddings, golf competitions, giving solo concerts, and especially for burials at sea. She lives near the ocean and keeps one set of bagpipes set up to withstand the wet seaspray that invades pipes while playing on a boat, and she is also a lifelong surfer, so she has good sea legs.
Please check out Elise's references on Gigmasters. In general, references give a good indication of a bagpiper's personality and professionalism, but they are not necessarily useful for figuring out who's a good player, because most clients never get to compare the bagpiper they've hired with others. Therefore, please use demos as your best guide for selecting a good bagpiper, and also, please consider choosing a bagpiper who lives near your event (if you get a cheap offer from someone who would need to drive a long way to your event, please consider their possible motives for being cheap).
Elise's demos can be found on Gigmaster's, while audio samples from her band be found by searching for "Charmas" in the CDBaby music store, Spotify, i-tunes, etc.