James Freeman

Bagpipes from Estero, FL - Will travel up to 100 miles
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Videos, not just reviews, are what you'll want to examine when choosing a piper, when high quality musicianship really counts toward making your event memorable and special. I would love to be your piper, and I offer concert quality professional piping that will add a captivating musical touch to your occasion. There is quite a range of ability available when choosing a bagpiper, so a piper should be much more than an inadequately skilled, drones-out-of-tune bargain party vendor wearing kilt attire to look the part, especially if it is a once-in-a-lifetime event – someone who actually practices regularly, has clean fingerwork (clear doublings, crisp taorluaths and throws on D and B, and no messy crossing noises or frequently fumbled notes), drones in tune, blowing steady tone and keeping a steady beat. You'll want a real performer who provides a long list and wide variety of traditional and popular tunes, and not just a handful of familiar marches. I consistently deliver a stirring performance to my clients, so whether you prefer just one poignant tune or 60, my growing list of 150 tunes are sure to last more than the hour I'm yours. There are a handful of $100-$150 cut-rate pipers in Southwest Florida who get a lot of mileage, but listen to the difference; a piper's website or fan page should have video samples of their playing by which you can judge.

Serving Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte and all of S.W. Florida, I offer Irish & Scottish, patriotic, movie theme and popular music for every event, and I am available to perform 24-7 for your special event - weddings, Funerals, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Memorials, Anniversaries, Concerts, Educational Lectures, etc. My Scottish smallpipes are also available for indoor events where you may want a quieter instrument. Also, being of both Irish and Scottish heritage, I have kilt outfits in each for your selection if desired. Additionally, I offer combination lecture/performances for educational institutions and community organizations, speaking on the history and technical aspects of the Great Highland bagpipes and smaller parlor bagpipes, as well as the traditions of kilt attire.

I have performed for hundreds of private and public clients, given public stage concerts and marched many miles of parades as a soloist and with two pipe bands. Fire Companies and other public service organizations often hire me to solo pipe for their parade marching units. I have performed at the U.S. Open, Germain Arena and other sports stadiums, on television and out at sea on charters and private boats. Most performances I do will cost $225 for an hour of reserved time, and within a travel radius of one hour. Distances greater than that typically run $250 - $300. Half or full day event performance at festivals or parties can be arranged.

I have a great working relationship with event planners and service/funeral directors for my customer service, musical skill, flexibility and reliability, plus many families have me back for future events. Several times recently I've had a short notice request from clients needing a particular tune that I didn't know. I was able to learn the music quickly and deliver a fine performance the next day.
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Wedding Ceremony

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I hired Mr. Freeman to play the bagpipes at my wedding. He was prompt in responding to me at all times and was wonderful regarding all changes that were made prior too and the day of the wedding. My guests said that he was one of the greatest parts of my wedding and he was amazing! I agree!! He is professional, courteous and was absolutely wonderful to work with. I would highly recommend him and owe him a BIG THANK YOU for making my day perfect!!!

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Memorial Service

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VERY TALENTED andvVery pleasant to work with and accommodating to our particular event. Would definitely recommend for any event you might like a bagpiper! Last item should also be a 5. Slip of typing.

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Private Party

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James is extremely professional. He reached out immediately after booking to ask about our event and requests. He was on time and was gracious with all our guests. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend James for an event. Our guests were thrilled with the addition of bagpipes to our event!

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2018
Apr
21
Wedding Ceremony
Fort Myers, FL
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Mar
30
Private Party
Fort Myers, FL
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Mar
17
Club Event
Naples, FL
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Mar
3
Funeral
Estero, FL
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2018
Feb
25
Memorial Service
Naples, FL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Dec
31
Private Party
Estero, FL
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
MacCrimmon's Lament
Korn, also ancient traditional
Amazing Grace
Traditional hymn
Scotland the Brave
Scottish traditional
Minstrel Boy
Irish traditional
Mull of Kintyre
Paul McCartney and Denny Laine
Bonny Dundee
Scottish Jacobite traditional
I Love a Lassie
Scottish, Sir Henry Lauder
Whiskey in the Jar
Irish traditional
Ghillie Callum
Scottish traditional
Loch Lomond
Scottish traditional
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
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 James Freeman will also travel to Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Naples, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Sanibel, Saint James City, Vanderbilt Beach, Alva, Immokalee, Felda, Bokeelia, Pineland, Punta Gorda, Captiva, La Belle, Marco Island, Port Charlotte, Goodland, Boca Grande, Placida, Rotonda West, Copeland, Murdock, Fort Ogden, El Jobean, Englewood, Palmdale.
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