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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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Funeral

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I never give 5 stars, 5 times. However... JR's preparation was communicative and abiding to my requests. He was determined to appease our wishes. He listened first, asking about the ceremony, venue and the honoree. At the same time he gave suggestions and professional recommendations for the proper choice of pieces to play. It was obvious that he assimilated all that I gave him in order to make his performance an integral and touching part of my sister's funeral. Lastly, he cared so much. Contracted to play before and after the funeral mass, he asked if he could attend it. What a gentleman and professional. We were blessed to have JR there with us.

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Wedding Ceremony

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J.R. Arthur was very accommodating as well as enthusiastic throughout our entire experience with him. He worked very well with us and was willing to go above and beyond in order to make the wedding special. Our father of the bride loved the surprise and we hope to work with him again in the future!

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J.R. Arthur surpassed all of my expectations. He play bag pipes at our wedding on May 1st 2015 at Pippin Hill Winery. He not only looked the part and started playing as soon as the ceremony concluded but it also began to rain at the same time. J.R. continued to play in the rain and held everyone's attention with the bag pipes. It was like a scene out of Braveheart or somewhere in Scotland with the mist and mountains in the background. He was truly great and I'm so happy he played at our wedding and kept playing through the rain. Shaun & Carrie Stanford

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PAST EVENTS
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2017
Jun
29
Funeral
Bowie, MD
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2017
Jul
3
Funeral
Washington, DC
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2017
Jul
8
Retirement Party
Fairfax, VA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Jul
12
Funeral
Arlington, VA
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
2017
Jul
21
Funeral
Arlington, VA
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
2017
Jul
22
Private Party
Spotsylvania, VA
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Jun
26
Funeral
Arlington, VA
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2017
Jun
23
Retirement Party
Quantico, VA
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2017
Jun
22
Wedding Ceremony
Vienna, VA
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2017
Jun
17
Memorial Service
McLean, VA
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
2017
Jun
16
Birthday Party (Adult)
Woodbridge, VA
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2017
Jun
9
Birthday Party (Adult)
Flint Hill, VA
5:00 PM - 6:00 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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