Bagpiper / Pipe Major / Music Director of the Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band, of Cape Cod. Previously, of the Brian Boru Pipe Band, of Falmouth Massachusetts. I have been performing solo since 2001, and actively solo compete in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association since 2002. I have competed in the EUSPBA, the Southern United States Pipe Band Association, the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association, and the Irish Pipe Band Association. Engagements, competitions, as well as education in this country, Canada, Scotland and Ireland.
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Typical Gig: 15 - 120 minutes
As a performer, at most events, I find coming in slowly, playing and then quietly going off or marching off to a tune is most effective. Solo performances such as recital style for parties are different. There I like to march in playing. Introduce myself and announce the tunes with a little history of the tune or myself or the pipes. Finalizing with marching off to a retreat tune.
Pipe Major Sheldon C. Hamblin
I regularly pipe in guests with slow airs, for weddings, funerals, memorial services. I have performed the processional and recessionals for weddings. quick marches and a few dance tunes following the recessionals, and for parties. I constantly work at improvement with outside instruction both with a solo instructor, and with workshops. I teach via my band, as well as solo students, and am an active member of the EUSPBA. All this to provide the best quality piping for your event. Since retiring from the Fire Service, I do this full time.
The team providing the talent:
I have numerous Scottish and Irish tunes available upon request. I can also supply sample tunes via email. CD's are available that are custom created for the event as a sample of what to expect on higher end performances.
Influences & Inspiration
I study with a solo professional piper, pipe major of a grade 1 band via skype. I also attend workshops and teach my band in band work, solo work and competition presentations.