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If you want your $20 booking fee paid for and also get the best piper on Gigmasters in the San Joaquin Valley, you have come to the right place!!!!!!! Mark always pays your booking fee so you don't have to! Mark is always ready to negotiate price too! Mark charges one price for each gig and in most cases, not by the hour or how many tunes he plays.
MARK HAS WON THE "RISING STAR AWARD"-THE TOP BAGPIPER ON GIGMASTERS FOR 2014. MARK HAS ALSO WON THE BEST OF 2014 AWARD- He qualified for this in less that 6 Months. Mark holds the lead in the San Joaquin Valley for positive bookings in 2014, 82 positive 5 Star bookings in 2014 for pipers in the San Joaquin Valley and now has the lead in total 5 star bookings at 153. Mark also holds the lead for the most bookings in 2014-2015, 205 bookings to date and counting and lastly he holds the lead for total bookings for the valley at 215. Main reasons for this, Mark is very good at what he does and clients like what they see and hear.
Mark Little possesses a lifetime of experience, performing and playing only the Bagpipes. He has played the Bagpipes for 45 years. Past Pipe Majors have called Mark a very solid piper. Mark is currently the Pipe Major for the FRESNO STAG AND THISTLE PIPES AND DRUMS. Mark is the most successful of any previous Pipe Majors of the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums, has been Pipe Major more times than any previous Pipe Majors, and has held the position longer than any previous Pipe Majors.
Choosing the best piper for your event is very easy. Do not book the first piper that calls you. Listen to the recordings of the pipers on Gigmasters and compare before you decide. You can also look at the feedbacks from satisfied customers. The more 5 star feedbacks the piper has will give you confidence that you have made the right decision. The quality of words that clients write about the performer are a true reflection of that performer......Check out what clients have said about Mark Little. Not one negative comment in 215 bookings. Pretty cool stuff!!!! Again, all Mark asks is that you listen to his recordings and compare before making your decision. When comparing, the majority of Bagpipe Savvy clients have picked Mark over other pipers in the San Joaquin Valley. So listen, compare and decide. Intonation is very important and when the drones are in tune with the chanter, it is not as much a humming sound, but a fine hiss. This is what a good piper tries to achieve. It is as simple as that!
Mark started playing the bagpipes at age 16 when he joined the MCLANE PIPERS AND DANCERS under the direction of Larry Huck, the man that started the group in the mid 1960's. Mr. Huck is the only band director at Mclane to truly retire from the position of Mclane Band Director. Many band directors have come and gone from Mclane and none of them, as of yet, have been able to fill Mr. Huck's shoes. He was a true mentor to Mark. No other band director ever came close to keeping the integrity and professionalism of the Mclane Pipers and Dancers as Mr. Huck did. Mark was Pipe Major of the MCLANE PIPERS AND DANCERS his Senior year as were his sister and brother when they attended Mclane.
Mark plays a 1963 full sterling silver set of bagpipes made by R.G. Hardie. The chanter Mark plays is a Gibson solo wood chanter with a full sterling silver sole. A perfect look and sound for a wedding, funeral, or party.
Mark also has a set of Walsh Shuttle Pipes (small pipes) for a more intimate setting. The Walsh Shuttle pipes have a better, bolder, and much prettier sound than other small Pipes. In the National Parks there are decibel restrictions in most areas except for hotels and churches, such as the chapel in Yosemite. Only small pipes are allowed in restricted sreas.The Great Highland Bagpipe has one volume, which is very loud, and might not be appropriate for some gigs.
Mark Little has played for many, many, weddings, parties, and funerals over the years and will be more than happy to audition for you before being hired. Mark is well known and recommended by all of the Funeral Homes in the San Joaquin Valley and any of them can be contacted for reference. Mark has played for the Fresno Police Department, CDF Fire Honor Guard, Armed Services Honor Guard, National Cemetery at Santa Nella California, and many Weddings in Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.....JUST TO NAME A FEW. Mark has played with the St. Andrews Pipe Band of Modesto, Clan Campbell Pipe Band of Modesto, and now the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums. Mark is a stickler for making sure your event is perfect. VERY REASONABLE RATES!!!!!!!!!!
Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums (highland bagpipes),
fresno bagpiper-Mark Little (highland bagpipes, small pipes)