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J.R. Arthur

Bagpipes from Fredericksburg, VA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$275 - $350 per hour
BACKGROUND:
I am a piper with 19 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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My Arthur gave an excellent performance at my father's funeral. Having him play the bagpipes was an excellent addition to the event and I received so many positive comments from guests. He provided me very helpful advice before the event, as to the selection of music and how to incorporate him into the schedule of events. He was very professional, knowledgeable, authentic and had incredible attention to detail. The music was beautiful and so appropriate for the occasion.

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Retirement Party

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Mr. JR Arthur is a true professional and an exceptional musician. His personal preparation in ensuring he would play the music I desired, coupled with his learning songs he didn't know, and rehearsing numerous times, made my retirement ceremony a complete success. I would hire him again immediately and probably will, just to hear his heartwarming and emotional music. He also has the "look" that added to the ambiance and overall atmosphere, Mr. Arthur went above and beyond!!!

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Community Event

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JR was absolutely wonderful. He came to our event early, was professional, and made our Hometown Festival better then it has ever been. He led the parade in 90 degree heat. I hope JR playing bagpipes becomes part of a new tradition in Round Hill. I would give him a rating of six starts if I could. Highly recommend!

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2017
Mar
27
Funeral
Fredericksburg, VA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2017
Mar
30
Funeral
Arlington, VA
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
2017
Apr
22
Wedding Ceremony
Leesburg, VA
7:30 PM - 8:15 PM
2017
May
12
Funeral
Arlington, VA
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
2017
May
13
Wedding Ceremony
North Garden, VA
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
May
20
Wedding Ceremony
Baltimore, MD
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Mar
23
Funeral
Arlington, VA
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
2017
Mar
11
Memorial Service
Bluemont, VA
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2017
Mar
4
Funeral
Vienna, VA
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2017
Feb
21
Funeral
Fredericksburg, VA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2017
Feb
4
Club Event
Charlottesville, VA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Nov
5
Club Event
Alexandria, VA
4:30 PM - 5:30 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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