Jon K. Shell

Bagpipes from Elizabethton, TN - Will travel up to 125 miles
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"God-like sounding bagpipe"; "best on the field today"; "best sounding bagpipe by far".

These are what top judges of bagpipes have said about Jon. Whether it's the late world class teacher and piper Ed Neigh, world class piper and judge, Colin MacLellan, or Sandy Jones: all agree that Jon's bagpipe itself is world class.

Jon Shell has piped recently for celebrities such as Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Rod Stewart, Mrs. Bing Crosby, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bob Hope, Michael Jordan, Pat Boone, Jose Ferrar, Elizabeth Taylor and Senator John Warner among countless others. PGA American Legends Golf, The Biltmore House, Pinehurst, Spoleto and the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament are among the places and events that he has performed in addition to two World's Fairs. He has appeared on national television on the Turner South Network on Liars and Legends, Portrait of America and other programs. Jon has appeared in countless publications including the Wall Street Journal, who named him a "virtuoso grade 1 piper"; Mississippi Magazine, Newsweek, Time, US News World Report, USA Today and others.

Piping for high end events with discretion is Jon's specialty. Some are unnamed but others, such as the Gordon (Dr. Enuf/Mountain Dew) and Broyhill families, have included Jon's piping on several occasions.

History:

At age 12, Jon moved to the Washington, DC area in order to take private lessons with Pipe Major Sandy Jones and in summers with John MacFayden at the North American Academy of Piping. He also was taught by Ed Neigh, Duncan MacFayden, Hamilton Workman, Captain John A. MacLellan, Ed Krintz and Roddy MacDonald.

He has either won or been in the prize list for piping contests in EUSPBA sanctioned games throughout the east coast, in grade 2 and 1, as the overall season winner in grade 2 and runner up in grade 1 for several years.

Jon has won major events including the MacCrimmon Quaich and countless Piper of the Day trophies. Jon won a full scholarship to Belhaven College for his piping.

He was the grade 1 Piobaireachd (classical music) winner at Grandfather Mountain for several years running.

Jon has been the Pipe Sergeant of the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders, who just won the 2011 Champion of Champions Grade 4 Pipe Band in the EUSPBA. He was also the Pipe Sergeant of the band when they won Champion of Champions in Grade 2 in 1986. Jon has been the Pipe Sergeant of the GMH on several runs to Maxville, Ontario in both grade 2 and 3, where band won 2nd to St. Thomas, among other prizes. Jon has been in the prize list for solos at Maxville, Ontario in grade 1 also.

Jon also helped lead the Grandfather band to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships, where the band won their qualifier in 2010. While the band didn't win the final, the band went on to place among the top 11 in the World in gr 4A. In 2015, Jon also won the Over 50 Championship for the Southeastern Branch of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

Jon is also a sought-after instructor and teaches piping throughout the year and during summers at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming.


Jon most recently piped with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band as a guest piper for 2 years with his friend Bill Caudill. Jon teaches private piping lessons and teaches piping at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming during the summers. Jon is a teacher in public schools and teaches Certified handgun carry classes in Tennessee.


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I can not express the heart felt thanks that I feel for Jon. He made the remembrance of my Grandfather EPIC. He joined in prayer and made it like his own family were being remembered. This man is a man of God and shows it in every performance. Do yourself a favor and hire him. You will not regret it!

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Jon is highly talented piper and brings a presence to an event that I believe only he can give and something that will long be remembered by all your friends and loved ones to the extent of being priceless, Pride, Honor, Dignity, and Gods Grace. Thank You Jon. Chris & Bonnie Hamilton

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Jon did an excellent job. He was very professional and made a hard day very special.

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2018
Oct
7
Funeral
Waynesville, NC
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2018
Jul
28
Memorial Service
Bristol, VA
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2018
Jun
23
Wedding
Bristol, TN
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
May
14
Funeral
Abingdon, VA
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Mar
31
Memorial Service
Greeneville, TN
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2018
Jan
10
Funeral
Ermine, KY
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Go Rest High
Going Home
Scotland the Brave
The Gift of Love
Abide With Me
Pachabel's Canon
Shalom
various
Amazing Grace
Highland Cathedral
Traditional Marches, Strathpeys, Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
Proms
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Events
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Super Bowl Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
Please note Jon K. Shell will also travel to Butler, Milligan College, Watauga, Johnson City, Hampton, Piney Flats, Bluff City, Mountain Home, Roan Mountain, Unicoi, Bristol, Blountville, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Erwin, Elk Park, Sugar Grove, Telford, Valle Crucis, Fall Branch, Minneapolis, Limestone, Shady Valley, Hiltons, Banner Elk, Green Mountain, Mountain City, Plumtree, Vilas, Chuckey.
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