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Spivey Bagpiping

Bagpipes from Galena, IL - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$200 - $350 per event
My name is Bill Spivey and I've been playing the bagpipes for 15 years. I've had the pleasure of studying under the direction of Sir Adrian Melvin of Dundee Scotland. I currently serve as the Pipe Major and piping instructor for the "Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums" pipe band in Dubuque Iowa. I am 60 years old, and have been retired for 6 years which has allowed me the luxury of devoting more time to playing, teaching, and enjoying the Great Highland Bagpipes. My full time job now is playing the bagpipes at funerals, weddings, parties, as well as teaching the Great Highland Bagpipes. If you hire me to play at your event, I'll do my best to see that your wishes and instructions are carried out as you wish.
Weddings - The Great Highland Bagpipe can be a wonderful way to add a Celtic flavor to your wedding. The first thing you should know, however, is that there is no such thing as a "Traditional Scottish Wedding". I have played bagpipes for hundreds of weddings and each and every wedding I have done has been unique. You should utilize the bagpipes when and where you think it is most appropriate - after all, it is your wedding. I am always happy to help make suggestions and work with the bride to make sure the wedding day events are perfect.
Funerals - There is something in the sound of the bagpipes that evokes our deepest emotions when we hear it. The sound of the bagpipe is probably most associated with funeral services and the song “Amazing Grace.” The bagpipe adds a solemn and dignified touch to the funeral ceremony and can communicate a sense of closure. There is no doubt that the mournful and soulful sounds of the bagpipe release the emotions that are held inside.
With the nature and timing of this type of service I can be available on short notice. I have played at a wide variety of memorials including church services, graveside ceremonies, wakes, and even at people's homes.
Other Occasions - The Bagpipes can be played at just about any occasion. Over the years I have played at a wide variety of events ranging from Birthday Parties, Golf Tournaments, School Events, Retirements, New Years Eve, Christmas Parties, Wine Tastings, Pub Crawls, 9/11 memorials, and Parades.
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He did a superb job for our event. He was very entertaining and quite accomadating. Not only did we enjoy him...our guests loved him. Thank you Bill for sharing your talent with us on our special day. Lori and Sheri, Moline

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Mr.Spivey played for my father's memorial service. The music really was able to comfort my troubled soul on level that is difficult for words alone. Many things impressed me about the experience. I need was he really wanted to know my father's story so he could personally honor him, a very touching gesture. Also this guy is the real deal! When I first talked with him that day I thought he must be from Scotland. He had even the accent. No, he told me he was not but when he plays the accent comes along with it. We loved the added touch of the bagpipes and Spidey did a fantastic and authentic job.

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Spivey Bagpiping’s Response:

Thank You so much Sarah. You did a wonderful job of speaking and honoring your father at a memorial service I will always remember.

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Spivey Bagpiping’s Response:

Arron & Molly, Thank you so much for the nice review. I wish I could have had more time to visit and get to know the two of you but it was a whirlwind day of activity and celebration. I did get to visit with many of your guests and had an enjoyable time with everyone I had the pleasure of talking to including the minister. Thank you again for allowing me to be part of that special moment in your lives and my best wishes for a wonderful future together and many years of marital bliss. - Bill

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2017
Mar
11
Dyersville Parade
Dyersville, IA
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
May
20
Wedding Ceremony
Galena, IL
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2016
Nov
1
Memorial Service
Iowa City, IA
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2016
Oct
30
Celebration
Marion, IA
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
2016
Oct
15
Memorial Service
Prairie du Chien, WI
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2016
Sep
24
Galena Cellars
Galena, IL
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
Jul
23
Little White Church
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Jul
16
Wedding
Moline, IL
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Love Me Tender
Amazing Grace
America the Beautiful
Balmoral
Blue Bells of Scotland
Bonnie Dundee
The Bridal March
Can't Help Falling in Love
Christmas tunes
Crags of Tumbledown Mt.
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 Spivey Bagpiping will also travel to Scales Mound, Saint Donatus, Benton, East Dubuque, Bellevue, Hanover, Sinsinawa, Elizabeth, Hazel Green, Shullsburg, Apple River, Cuba City, La Motte, Kieler, Springbrook, Stockton, Dubuque, Dickeyville, Zwingle, Andrew, Asbury, Warren, Peosta, Gratiot, Green Island, Nora, Miles, Belmont, Spragueville, Darlington.
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