BEAUTIFUL FULL HIGHLAND REGALIA! Transform your Detroit and Ohio events into a truly exceptional experience by including the most popular professional female bagpiper in Southeastern Michigan. SOFTER SOUNDING BAGPIPES AVAILABLE; you'll get the Scottish/Irish "flavor" without the overwhelming volume. Perfect for background music, or smaller indoor venues and homes. I not only play all the traditional Scottish and Irish tunes that everyone knows and loves, but I also provide unique and popular tunes which no other piper offers; “Braveheart”, “Here Comes the Bride”, the U of M fight song “Hail to the Victors” and the "Star Spangled Banner". Even the "Star Wars Theme! I love what I do. So will you!
I provide excellent Scottish and Irish bagpipe wedding and funeral music, and entertainment for any event; funerals, memorials, military services, parties, cultural diversity programs, and library and school programs. With 35 years of piping experience, you can trust me to provide the talent and professionalism your event deserves. Every wedding, funeral, memorial or special occasion is unique; I will work with you to carefully plan out every detail. My goal is to give more than expected, and to help make your event incredible! You don't have to be Scottish or Irish to love the bagpipes- a piper makes any event memorable!
In 1996, I began my professional solo piping career. I've since piped for almost 2000 weddings, funerals, parties and ethnic events in the Metro Detroit area. Some of my favorite piping events include; opening for Rod Stewart concerts, opening for the premier of the movie "Our Vietnam Generation" at the Fox, The Moving Wall visiting Hamburg MI, Relay for Life, MGM Grand Hotel and Detroit Yacht Club weddings, Dewar's Highland Honey Whiskey introduction event, HBO reality series in W. Bloomfield, The Clawson and Royal Oak Public Library's, and of course- piping every St Patty's Day for Hubert distributors.
You have a choice of bagpipes and volume. I'll work with you to choose the right one for your event.
~The traditional Great Highland Bagpipes are perfect for any indoor or outside event. These are the pipes everyone is familiar with and loves; great for large indoor and outside venues. Nothing says “WOW” like these pipes!
~Gibson Small Pipes are perfect for indoor, more intimate settings where a softer bagpipe volume would be more appropriate. I have a special selection of Irish and Scottish tunes that sound lovely on the small pipes. These softer pipes are very popular.
WEDDINGS - Whether you're looking for one tune, or a day filled with "Scottish or Irish flavor"; I have a wonderful selection of Scottish and Irish tunes. Tunes such as; "Murdo's Wedding", "Scotland the Brave", or the very popular song- "When Irish Eyes are Smiling". Looking for something more traditional? I also play "Here comes the Bride". "For the Love of a Princess" from the hit movie Braveheart, is unique, very romantic and extremely popular with bride's. One of my most requested tunes is the U of M fight song- perfect for a groom's entrance! For the biggest WOW! save the piper as a surprise for the recessional. You, your guests and your family will be talking about your wedding for years- make your memories incredible by including a female bagpiper.
FUNERALS AND MEMORIALS - There is nothing that touches the heart more, than to hear a piper playing "Amazing Grace", "Going Home", "Danny Boy" or "When Irish Eyes are smiling". A bagpiper is appropriate for any size funeral, memorial or military service- at the church, funeral home, cemetery or hall. Every military service should include a bagpiper; Taps, Army song and the Marine Corp. Hymn are available. The U of M fight song is quickly becoming my most requested song. My softer Gibson bagpipes are very popular for memorials and funeral services at a funeral home.
PARTIES AND SCOTTISH, CELTIC OR IRISH THEMED EVENTS - My unique piping show and performance, is entertaining and informational. Always a hit everywhere I go! Perfect for parties, schools, libraries, assisted living facilities and heritage clubs. My 20-60 minute (I can adjust my show to meet your needs) interactive program includes; a nice selection of tunes piped on a variety of bagpipes, interesting fun facts and folklore about bagpipes and my piping attire, and a wee bit of Scottish highland history. Appropriate for any size group, and all ages. This program is very popular at schools and libraries! I can also include teaching a couple simple highland dance steps, with audience participation.
I am the senior piper of the competitive, medal winning pipe band "Michigan Scottish Pipes and Drums". Piping is more than just a hobby and job I love; it's an opportunity for me to help you create the perfect atmosphere and memories for your event. It doesn't just happen- it takes years of experience and a special sensitivity and attention to detail to get it right.
Katie Johnson (Tenor Drum),
Phillip Ritthaler (Snare Drum)