Bagpiping Services - Portland Oregon and Beyond

Wedding Ceremonies

 Grace your wedding with a highly-skilled, professional  bagpiper.   


Weddings are so special, and I have had the privilege to perform for more than 500.  I know I'm doing something right when I'm playing for a young couple's wedding and I was the bagpiper at their parent's wedding.

  

Whether your ceremony takes place inside a chapel, church or historic building, or outside in the mountains, by a lake or rushing river, the Great Highland Bagpipes add a timeless beauty to any wedding ceremony.  


Bagpiper Bill performs for over 25 weddings annually throughout Oregon and surrounding states each year.  

Call him anytime; Bill would love to talk to you about your upcoming wedding, and to help you arrange music for your guest arrivals, ceremony processional, unity candle/ reflective moment, recessional, leading guests from ceremony to cocktail hour music,  entrance into the reception music, or for any combination of the above.   


Birthday Parties

 Add the bagpipes for a special birthday SURPRISE, as the piper starts in the distance, walking towards and ending at the birthday person.  Bagpiper Bill  will march in as a surprise; performing for the honored person a selection of favorite songs (from Irish Eyes are Smiling to Scotland-the-Brave, to Amazing Grace) before playing 'Happy Birthday' on the bagpipes at the very end of the party - everyone joins in in singing Happy Birthday with the pipes!     

Memorials and Funerals

Grace your family's service with skilled bagpiping at an affordable price. Bagpiper Bill can help you add a selection of beautiful tunes to your funeral service. With over 50 funeral services annually throughout Oregon and surrounding states, Bill adds a soulful beauty to any service.  


Bagpiper Bill, for example, can pipe as mourners gather for the funeral; lead the cortege to the place of service; lead bearers into the place of service; or pipe a lament after the final words of committal.

Recently Bill performed at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia as a solo piper for a Marine Corp Sargent killed in Afghanistan, the family flew him to Washington DC to perform at the conclusion of the full military honors ceremony. 

 

Tunes can be selected from a wide variety - such as Highland or Lowland Scots songs or melodies with military or geographic associations.  Many Irish tunes can also be played with the Highland Bagpipe.  

Popular tunes include Amazing Grace, Skye Boat Song, and Flower of Scotland - Scotland's National Anthem.  Traditional laments include Flowers of the Forest or Lochaber No More.   Gaelic airs include The Mist Covered Mountains and My Home.   Irish melodies include Danny Boy, Fields of Athenry, and The Galway Shawl.


You can be assured that you are in good hands.  Whether in a church, a cemetery service, a formal Military service, or a scattering of the ashes, Bill's pipes will add a soul-lifting and a profoundly emotional ambiance to your family's service. 

Celebrations, Golf Tournaments, Anniversaries

Bagpiper Bill  will bring an element of surprise to your guests or even a tear to their eye. He is sure to make your day extra special and one not to be forgotten.  Bill has a range of different colored kilts and Scottish regalia that he can wear to your event.  Also, there will be no shortage of tunes for your event as Bill has a repertoire of over 3000 tunes, so there will surely be music that fits your needs. He is also more than willing to work with last minute requests.


Add the sound of the bagpipes to your event and make the day a great day to remember.  Bagpiper Bill performs at a wide-range of festivals to private, intimate ceremonies.  Bill has an ability to be creative and instantly adaptable to the needs of his clients guarantying the events success.  He loves to perform and any event becomes alive with his melodic and dynamic music. 

School Events, Cultural Events, Boy Scout Troops

 Bagpiper Bill performs for schools in his continued commitment to help culturally educate the next generation about Scotland and Ireland.  Having lived as a boy in Scotland, Bill entertains children with a fantastic video show called  "A Wee Trip to the Old Country - Our Beloved Scotland " while performing on his soothing, electronic bagpipes in the background.  He gets the children dancing and marching to the Great Highland Bagpipes afterwards - they love it ! 


Add the sterling harmonic sound of "The Great Highland Bagpipes" to your event to make it Amazing !