J.R. Arthur

Bagpipes from Fredericksburg, VA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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BACKGROUND:
I am a piper with 20 years experience. I played with McGuire's Pipe and Drums Band in Pensacola, Fl for the first 15 of those years (Photos #14&15) prior to moving to Fredericksburg, VA. Throughout my years as a member of McGuire's Pipe and Drums and now, as an independent piper in Fredericksburg, I have played at numerous graduations, retirements, birthdays, commemorations, celebrations, celebrations, and festivities, as well as over 200 weddings and somewhat more than 180 funerals.

In addition to being a piper, I am also a "Santa Claus" and have served as the "National Santa Claus" and piped in President's Park in The Ellipse in Washington, D.C. (Photo #13).
My Santa profile with GigMasters may be found at the GigMasters' Category: SANTA CLAUS in FREDERICKSBURG, VA under SANTA JACK ARTHUR & MRS. C

As to my credentials below, I am a retired naval officer and naval aviator.

TUNES/PERFORMANCE:
As indicated in the "Song List" button above, I play numerous Scottish, sacred, secular, and festive tunes as well as numerous more recognizable "American" tunes and would be glad to invite your input or assist you in selecting the tunes you would like to hear to ensure you have exactly the music that you would wish from a piper. When desired in performance, such as birthday parties or St. Patricks Day celebrations, I introduce not only the tune's name, but also a bit of history behind various tunes and add a few ethnic jokes (of course, as I am Scottish, the jokes also tend to be Scottish). Additionally, as has been requested several times, I also "roast" the various members of the party (with loving and tender remembrances of their past).

ATTIRE:
I have a number of attires. In the order of the photographs, they are:
First: My Full Dress; kilt, double breasted tunic, piper's plaid, feather bonnet, dirk, and horse hair sporran (Photos #2-5). I normally have an "up-charge" of $50. 00 for this uniform except for full honor military funerals. When I wear this attire for military funerals, I also wear the flag of the military branch of the deceased on my bass drone, as shown in photos #2,3,5,6,&7.
Second: My "Prince Charlie" attire (Photos #6 thru #9) which I also wear for formal occasions (weddings, funerals, birthday parties, etc.). For weddings, I wear ribbons of the colors of the bride on my bass drone.
Third&Fourth: Two short sleeved shirt "military" uniforms (Photos #10 and #11-12) which I use, when requested, for less formal occasions.
Fifth: Not shown, is a "Peasant Piper" attire with peasant shirt and deer skin boots which I have worn for beach weddings.
Of course, there is always my Santa attire (Photos #13), but that may not always be appropriate... Just sayin'

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:
When requested, I am able to provide a videographer to record both your event and my playing.
For military funerals where no bugler is provided, I also play "Taps" on the ceremonial bugle.

J.R. Arthur LCdr, USN, (Ret)
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Folks : J.R.Arthur is a credit to his craft.His professionalism and care at my brother's funeral was beyond my expectations.His respect for our grief and our family was outstanding. He is the consummate pro.Anybody fortunate to have J.R.perform for them at an event, has the best that you can have.Thank you .J.R. "Deak" Deakins

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J.R. Arthur was the consummate professional during our every interaction. He played the bagpipes at my military retirement from 30 years of service. A military veteran himself, he knew the ceremony well, but we reviewed details well before the event. His early arrival ensured his performance was timely, magnificent, and stress-free. He looked the part, played superbly, and was well-received by all. My last piper played the White House, where I met him and eventually asked him to play for my wedding. He, unfortunately, retired, but JR Arthur met or exceeded those high standards and I would, without hesitation, recommend him strongly to others. Well done, sir!

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LCDR Arthur exceeded our expectations when we asked him to play at my mother's funeral who was 98. I wanted a bagpiper to play at the service in honor of my mother being British. JR helped with organizing the service relative to when he would play including playing outdoors in front of the church as guests arrived. During the reception he gave a lovely speech and presented me with his challenge coin which I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. The comments we received from family and friends regarding having him there were amazing. His participation gave my mother's service a ceremonial pomp which was only fitting for her being a WWII veteran. It was an honor!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2018
Jun
29
Retirement Party
Quantico, VA
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2018
Jul
6
Retirement Party
Washington, DC
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2018
Jul
28
Birthday Party (Adult)
Crozet, VA
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Sep
1
Wedding
Culpeper, VA
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Feb
16
Wedding
Vienna, VA
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2018
May
24
Funeral
Arlington, VA
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
2018
May
7
Funeral
Colonial Beach, VA
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2018
Apr
21
Funeral
Tappahannock, VA
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2018
Apr
13
Retirement Party
Fairfax, VA
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2018
Mar
30
Retirement Party
Washington, DC
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2018
Mar
23
Funeral
Sheboygan, WI
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Many Secular Scottish/Irish Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Popular Sacred/Church Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Popular Wedding Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Irish Tunes
Bagpipes
Many Scottish Funerary Tunes
Bagpipes
Taps
Bugle
Singer
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
Wedding Singer
Bugle
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 J.R. Arthur will also travel to Calverton, Casanova, Brooke, Corbin, Hartwood, Sealston, Stafford, Orlean, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, Thornburg, Woodford, Richardsville, Goldvein, Rappahannock Academy, Ruby, Dogue, Locust Grove, Quantico, Somerville, Sumerduck, Rectortown, Bowling Green, King George, Lignum, Mine Run, Nanjemoy, Partlow, Jersey, Triangle.
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