Spivey Bagpiping

Bagpipes from Apple River, IL - Will travel up to 100 miles
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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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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!

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We had Bill Spivey play for us at our our friends Irish Wake. There are not enough words to say how wonderful he was. He not only showed up in his dress finery he played beyond our expectations. He also showed up with the master of the bag pipe playing Adrian Melvin!! Enjoyed them both emensely what a treat and what a privilege!! Thank you both

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Spivey Bagpiping’s Response:

Thank You so much Joni, We had a great time with all of your wonderful friends and hope to see you all again sometime.

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Bill did a wonderful job playing at our son's wedding (he even took the time to learn the theme song from "Star Wars"). It's a family tradition to have a bagpiper at weddings and funerals, I will definitely hire him again in the future. I highly recommend him.

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Spivey Bagpiping was a HUGE hit at our wedding, easy to work with, VERY accommodating and friendly, had multiple guests comment on how amazing the music was and how it was a one of a kind experience with the addition of Spivey Bagpiping. Would hire again in a heart beat!

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Spivey Bagpiping’s Response:

Thank You for the kind words. It was an honor to be part of your intimate and joyful celebration. Everyone there was welcoming, friendly, and fun to hangout with. Best wishes for many happy years together.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2018
Jul
7
Family Reunion
Mineral Point, WI
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2017
Nov
4
Celebration
Baraboo, WI
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
2017
Sep
2
Wedding
Leaf River, IL
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2017
Aug
26
Irish Hooley
Dubuque, IA
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Aug
19
Parade
Cascade, IA
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Jul
2
Parade
Bellevue, IA
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2017
Jul
1
Parade
Colesburg, IA
12:00 PM - 4:00 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.
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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 Warren, Scales Mound, Nora, Gratiot, Shullsburg, Stockton, South Wayne, Elizabeth, Benton, Galena, Kent, Darlington, Winslow, Lena, Woodford, Hanover, Browntown, Argyle, Mc Connell, Pearl City, Belmont, Hazel Green, Eleroy, Saint Donatus, Sinsinawa, Cuba City, Bellevue, East Dubuque, Blanchardville, Orangeville.
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