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Jon K. Shell

Bagpipes from Elizabethton, TN - Will travel up to 175 miles
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$250 - $375 per event
"God-like sounding bagpipe"; "best on the field today"; "best sounding bagpipe by far". These are what top judges of bagpipes have said recently about Jon. Whether it's the late world class teacher and piper Ed Neigh, world class piper and judge, Colin MacLellan, or the famous piper and teacher Sandy Jones: all agree that Jon's bagpipe is world class.

Jon Shell has piped for celebrities such as Rod Stewart, Mrs. Bing Crosby, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bob Hope, Michael Jordan, Pat Boone, Jose Ferrar, Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner among others. The Biltmore House, Pinehurst, Spoleto and the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament are among the places 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.

He received instruction from Sandy Jones and 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. Clearly, private lessons with Pipe Major Sandy Jones were the secret to his piping success.

He has won 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, overall season for several years running. 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. 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 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 4. In 2015, Jon also won the Over 50 Championship for the Southeastern Branch of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

He currently plays with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band as a guest piper, teaches private piping lessons and teaches piping at the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming during the summers. Jon is a teacher at Keenburg Elementary School.

(Special note: Jon has elected to selectively pipe for wedding events, gladly serving most families he has previously served)
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

Birthday Party (Adult)

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Jon communicated with me easily while we were making our plans for the surprise performance. He had terrific ideas of how to make it more special. It was perfect and all I'd hoped for! Everyone enjoyed it, the crowd suddenly got very quite. Until, that is, they erupted into applause! Thanks to Gigmasters and Jon for making our event memorable.

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Wedding Ceremony

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The Bagpipes played by Jon was the perfect ending to a Celtic Wedding. I would recommend Jon to anyone who wishes to hire an expert piper.

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Memorial Service

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Jon was very professional, kind, considerate, and punctual.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2016
Nov
5
Wedding Ceremony
Asheville, NC
10:00 PM - 10:45 PM
2016
Oct
29
Birthday Party (Adult)
Asheville, NC
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
2016
Oct
27
Memorial Service
Highlands, NC
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2016
Sep
17
Celebration
Banner Elk, NC
7:30 AM - 7:45 AM
2016
Jul
9
Wedding
Limestone, TN
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
May
28
Private Party
Lake Lure, NC
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Over 600 Tunes
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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