Recital in Mullins Barn

| 3 min read | Recital in Mullins Barn In early July of 2018 we received contact information through the Chicago area bagpipe-band grapevine that someone was looking for a bagpiper, or perhaps a piper and a drummer, or perhaps even two bagpipers and a drummer.  We got into contact with the requester, and after some discussion, it turned out that one […]

A Bagpiper Surprise in Skokie, IL

| 2 min read | In late July, I received a call from a fellow bagpiper about a performance they had been asked to play, but couldn’t.  This type of thing happens a lot; a non-bagpiper knows someone who plays bagpipes, but they are busy that day, so that person refers the requester to a band or group, and they […]

A Bagpiper Surprise in Skokie, IL

| 2 min read | In late July, I received a call from a fellow bagpiper about a performance they had been asked to play, but couldn’t.  This type of thing happens a lot; a non-bagpiper knows someone who plays bagpipes, but they are busy that day, so that person refers the requester to a band or group, and they […]

No ‘Amazing Grace’ : going out with a smile

| 2 min read | In the late summer of 2018, we were contacted by a gentleman who worked at the Filed Museum, looking for a bagpiper to play for his recently deceased mother.  We played phone tag a couple of times and finally got into touch.  He did not know exactly what he was looking for for the service, […]

Bagpiping for a Memorial Service Near Milwaukee, Wisconsin

| 2 min read | One of the most poignant memorial services for which I have ever been asked to play bagpipes occurred in the backyard of a house in an unassuming suburb of Milwaukee in 2015.  The daughter of the deceased Lauren, called me, having gotten my information from the website at that time, explaining that her father had […]

Bagpiping for an Outdoor Wedding Near Dekalb, Illinois

| 2 min read | In the fall of 2015, I was asked to be a bagpiper at the wedding a couple in Dekalb, IL.  I was first contacted by the bride-groom via email.  We set up a call, and discussed what he and his fiancé had in mind. As usual, I began by getting a feel for what their […]