Weddings, Funerals & Other Functions
“We hired Dan for our wedding in July 2010. It was one of the best wedding service decisions we made. Not only is Dan a gifted piper but he provided creative solutions to problems we faced with our site specific outdoor processional and ceremony. As the saying goes, ‘even the best laid plans...’”
Bagpiping For Any & All Occassions
The fact that you are looking at this website, and this page in particular, would strongly suggest that you are interested in Scottish music and bagpipes to some degree. Whatever sort of event you may be planning the music you choose will make a statement and touch those who attend. Whether you are wanting to create stately and formal atmosphere, a contemplative and melancholy mood or an ambiance that is buoyant and lifts the spirits – and, perhaps, the feet – Scottish bagpipes and music have the power to unlock those feelings and emotions.
Instrument Options – There are at least three types of Scottish bagpipes and exactly three that I play: The Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Borderpipes and Smallpipes; in descending order of acoustic volume. The first is, by far, the most widely recognised well suited to playing outdoors or in large interior spaces whilst the latter two are well suited to interior spaces and lower volume moments.
Multi Instrumental Options – I also play together with other instrumentalists and as such can put together a duo or trio for various episodes of an event. Other instruments include, but are not limited to: Lever Harp, Guitar, Fiddle and a second bagpipe.
Below is a basic outline of several types of events at which you might fancy having bagpipes as well as some options for each; you may to choose one, them all or you may have concepts of your own. A thorough consultation on your ideas is always the first step.
Weddings: There are a lot of moving parts involved in wedding ceremonies; paths to map out and transitions to demarcate. From a musical perspective there are five components, give or take, to consider:
Pre Ceremony – Music for guests’ arrival and seating.
Processional – Music for walking in: groomsmen and bridesmaids and/or bride(s)/groom(s).
Recessional – Music for the wedding party’s exit.
Post Ceremony – Music for the guests’ transition to the next phase
Cocktail/Reception – Music for socialising, drinking and/or dancing.
Some tunes that work particularly well for Weddings
Funerals: Much the same applies to funerals as to weddings apart from the mood.
Committal/Graveside Service – Music for services, or elements of the service held in the cemetery.
Pre Service – Music for attendees’ arrival at the venue.
Post Service – Music for attendees’ departure from the venue.
Reception – Music for socialising, eating and drinking.
Some more somber tunes that work well for Funerals
Burns Suppers: These usually require a small team though with the aid of a minimum of one other participant I can fulfil the following offices:
Procession – Piping the Haggis from the Kitchen to the presentation table.
Address to the Haggis – Reciting Burns’s famous poem and cutting up the haggis.
Conferences and Corporate Events: In terms of music these operate in much the same way as weddings or funerals.
Pre Event – Music for attendees’ arrival at the venue.
Post Event – Music for attendees’ departure from the venue.
Reception – Music for socialising, eating and drinking
Lessons: I teach Highland pipes, Borderpipes, Smallpipes and flute/whistle for beginners and up. Depending on location and Covid restrictions lessons can be conducted in person or by Zoom or Skype.
Workshops: These cover everything from group instruction on bagpipes to presentations on the functioning, the history and/or music of the instrument.