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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Saint Patrick's Day Party

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Celebration

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Jim made aignificant contribution to the Celebration of Life for my dearest Peggy. As we discussed the role he was to play, he learned quite a bit about Peggy, her personality and how truly she would be missed by all who knew and loved her. When he played the music was just for her and it was evident to all who listened It was so right for Peggy whose lineage traced to the wee isle of Barra in the remote Outer Hebrides. I could not have wished for a better Scottish send-off than Jim provided. Thank you once again, Master of the Pipes. Bill Greene

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James Freeman’s Response:

Thank you Bill for hiring me to perform, and for such kind words! It was an honor to pipe for such a special lady.

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Memorial Service

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Mr. Freeman is well organized, helpful, happy to suggest ideas from his own experience, calm, assured and a fine player. He played as our flag was lowered to half staff, when our program was about to begin and when the final moment of silence was ending. I would happily ask his help at any future events.

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FUTURE EVENTS
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2018
Feb
25
Memorial Service
Naples, FL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Jun
17
Funeral
Fort Myers, FL
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Mar
17
Saint Patrick's Day Party
Marco Island, FL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Mar
8
Club Event
Venice, FL
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Mar
3
Celebration
Naples, FL
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2017
Feb
18
Memorial Service
Fort Myers, FL
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
2017
Feb
9
Event
Fort Myers, FL
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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
My Bonnie Lies O'er the Ocean
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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