Bagpipes FAO are truly "Philly's Piping Pros"
The region's top BAGPIPERS for your BAGPIPE needs!
The best available in SOLO pipers,
Pipe & Drum Combo
5 piece Micro Pipe Band
Irish UILLEANN pipes
Italian ZAMPOGNA & Pifferi Duo
French MUSETTE for Mardi Gras & FrancoCentric events
SYLVIA PLATYPUS: 6 pc rock band w/bagpipes
Weddings Funerals Events of all types.
NORMALLY Covering Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware &* parts of Berks counties, in PA;
Camden, Mercer, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem Counties in NJ, & NewCastle co DE.
Professional, unintrusive, beautiful music.
Really made the event that we threw. He was flexible and very friendly. Would recommend.
Extremely professional service! Guests loved the music!
Price Range: $150- $1000
Gig Length: 15 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
AT THE FUNERAL: Ceremony, Graveside, or both. Short notice availibility.
AT THE WEDDING: Before and/or after the Ceremony, and/or welcoming Guests to Reception.
PIPE-O-GRAM: Just a few songs to mark the occasions: birthday, anniversaries, etc.
CEREMONIES of all sorts, GOLF EVENTS, Parades, Whenever pipes are needed, WE CAN be there!
UILLEANN PIPES: the true Bagpipe of Ireland, solo or with keyboard acompianment.
ZAMPOGNARI di FILADELFIA: The Italian Bagpipe Duo: We're the only one on the east coast of the USA: 'Tu Scendi Dalle Stella' for Christmas Eve, Tarantellas, Saltarellos, Sicilianas for your Italian festival or Mass.
FRENCH Bagpipes: Trés chic- c'est magnifique! Wine events, Garden parties, Restaurants, any and all things French; will be enhanced with this sunny music from Central & Southern France.
SYLVIA PLATYPUS: 6 piece original rock band with bagpipe
CHARLIE RUTAN- BAGPIPER
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Piped for former President Bush, rockstar Rod Stewart, & Her Majesty Queen Noor, Regent of Jordan.
Seen and heard on local NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, PBS, Comcast, in print, and on TV Finland!
Listed in 2003 2005 ‘Who’s Who in America’, 2004 2006 ‘Who’s Who in the World’.
Founder of ‘BagpipesFAO’ (over 6000 performances since 1997)
and ‘Zampognari di Filadelfia’ : the USA’s only standing Italian Bagpipe group,
Principal bagpipe of the Reading Symphony Orchestra
Led townships of Haddonfield and Voorhees NJ, and Temple University’s official 9/11 memorial.
Performed for the Italian Ambassador to the USA at the Italian Consulate General in Manhattan
Performed on French Pipes for the ‘Confreres du Chevaliers du Tastevin’, May 2008
Featured on ‘Its your Call with Lynn Doyle’; Comcast CN8, Christmas ‘07
Did a spot on John DiBella show, WMGK -FM, Piper with indie rock band “Sylvia Platypus”
US Airways inaugural nonstop flight from Glasgow to Philadelphia, 2004
Diageo /Origlio (Guinness Stout) launch of ‘Smithwick’s Ale” in the area , 2004
The Sons of St. George Society 2002, & 2008 - present
The Walker family of Scotch whiskies in Phila area, 2002
The yacht “MiGaea” during her stays in Phila, 2000, 2003
USMC, USN, NROTC US Army Messes, 2001-present
Graduations of Villanova, Drexel, & Ursinus, 2001-present,
Chester Valley Golf Club, 2005-2009, Tavistock Country Club, 2001-2002
Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of‘Brigadoon’, 1999
Over 4000 Funerals, Weddings and Events for Men & Women from all walks of life.
*Performed at Academy of Music, Kimmell Center, The Philadelphia Club, Art Alliance, Ethical Society, PA Convention Centre., Reading Sovereign Centre, Phila Int. Airport, Battleship USS New Jersey, World Caf Live, and hundreds of other venues in the Philadelphia area.
*Performed for a host of Philadelphia officials; PA State Police Colour Guard Detachment, numerous regional Fire and Police Depts, “Reading Express” Pro indoor football, “Reading Phillies” AAA baseball pre-game show, Led numerous parades in Philadelphia, Opened for the Scots Guards, lectured at the ‘Pipers Gathering’ in Vermont,
On Italian Bagpipes: for Phila’s Italian consul, numerous OSIA and other Italian -themed events, at the Smithsonian institute in DC, Gloucester Co Festivale, opened the Delco Italian Fest,
*Piped corporate functions of: Aberdeen Asset Management, the Red Cross, Bristol_Meyers Squibb, Deloitte Touche, Keystone Mercy Health, The Restaurant School, Ethicon (Johnson Johnson), Equity office properties, 3M, Intel Corp, Teamster’s Union, Binswanger RealEstate, Winzer Corp, and others.
*Piped for the wedding of Former Surgeon General of the USA, Dr. C. Everett Koop.
*Gigged with the legendary Jazz Bagpiper Rufus Harley, 1998 1999, and sadly, piped for his memorial service, 8/7/06
*Piped for the memorial service of Phillie’s pitching great Tug McGraw, Jan. 2004
*Studied at the Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, (1998) with Master Pipers Donald Mac Pherson,
Angus MacDonald, (Pipe Major Scots Guards 1965-74) & Roddy MacLeod, (Dir. of Piping Centre) & others.
*Took master classes on Uilleann Pipes with Paddy Keenan, Brian McNamara, Jerry O’ Sullivan (2005-08),
& on French pipes with Jean-Pierre Rasle (2008)
*Principal Oboist, Chestnut Hill and Olney Orchestras (1996-2004) Manager of CHO, (1999-2002)
*Received ASCAP Special awards for Composition(1996, 1997). Composer of three symphonies and many other works.
Graduated Bachelors of Music (Summa) University of the Arts, 1992. Extensive musical education.
Charlie performs on four bagpipes:
Scottish Highland Pipes, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Italian Zampogna, French Cornemuse.
Current Professional Affiliations and Memberships: AFM, Local # 77, ASCAP, Circolo Dell’ Zampogna
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Additional Booking Notes
Bookings by signed contract only, excepting Funeral + Memorial services, which are verbally confirmed.
Past Booked Events
|June 19, 2017 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 27, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 28, 2016 • 6:30pm - 6:45pm||Wedding Engagement|
Contact us for extensive songlist: over 300 titles.
We dont list private events such as Funerals, Weddings, Birthdays.
|Pipers presented by:||Charlie Rutan|
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