Have Bagpipes, will travel. I am a novelist and humor writer and I enjoy getting out and playing tunes for funerals, weddings, holidays, special events, etc. It is such a niche demand and pipers can be hard to find. Can dress according to event (Irish pub performance doesn't necessarily demand a full Prince Charlie getup while a funeral may be more formal).
I generally charge $200 plus travel expenses for an event. Funerals are rarely planned far in advance and I try to be available on short notice.
As an author I write primarily sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction. I am also a public speaker and licensed minister.
My Scottish/Irish heritage made me know I wanted a bagpiper at my wedding, Christopher was truly amazing. He wowed everyone with his beautiful playing, he went above and beyond and played the song I wanted and love dearly for me to walk down the aisle to. Words can't express the extra charm he added to my special day 😊❤️
Christopher came to my family reunion in a small town park and did a great job performing for us. His song selection was wonderful and he was very attentive to the people. He went out of his way to find us and we really appreciated his performance. Thanks so much!
After having to wait four months after my husbands funeral to bury him, having Christopher play the bagpipes made the commital service so much more meaningful and comforting. They were beautiful! Christopher did exactly as I had asked and was courteous, pleasant and respectful. Thank you for giving us a memorable day on a sad occasion.
Chris was professional, courteous and had a positive attitude.
His performance was great.
Chris was great for my nephew's funeral. Anyone who wasn't already crying, was after he played-- it added a beauty and solemnity to a celebration of my nephew's life. His music brought everyone together -- it was almost ethereal.
Chris just rolled with it. I wish I could say as much for the Pastor at the Le Roy Lutheran Church. It was a huge funeral , with ALOT of motorcycles. We were not well organized. I would like to thank Chris for helping us send my brother on his last ride. Photos and video can be seen on Facebook , MEMORIES OF MARLON
We asked a lot of Chris. He was a very good sport. He had to show up at 5am, and then climb up a ski-hill in his kilt. The hill was snowy and muddy and he didn't complain once. I've never hired a bagpiper before, so had no idea what to expect. But all the men seemed to enjoy the experience. He even let one of them try his bagpipes!
Christopher was great! We would highly recommend him for any event. The whole town is still talking about how cool it was to have bagpipes at the wedding.
Price Range: $200-500
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
for bagpipe performances I typically play 3-5 songs as requested/chosen by clergy, family, or booking person. (about 2/3 of my performances are special religious services such as funerals, dedications, commemorations, holidays, etc.)
longer sets, larger musical arrangements can be put together as circumstances demand (usually holiday performances in public places arranged as song medleys).
As an author or public speaker I am available for all manner of shenanigans or topics; message me with questions.
Christopher D. Schmitz is a speaker and minister of +15 years as well as an author of Christian fiction and nonfiction.
Contact for music/event/outreach booking or look him up on the internet to find out more about his writing and books.
Additional Booking Notes
Great Highland Bagpipes are LOUD. If your venue is an enclosed space you should be aware of this fact.
Past Booked Events
|July 13, 2019 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 22, 2019 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Reunion|
|June 03, 2019 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|June 01, 2019 • 2:30pm - 2:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|February 02, 2019 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 20, 2018 • 9:30am - 12:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|April 21, 2018 • 5:00am - 6:00am||Religious Celebration|
|March 17, 2018 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 05, 2018 • 1:30pm - 1:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
I can do the usual songs (many in high demand include Amazing Grace, Danny Boy, Skye Boat Song, Going Home, Canticle of Turning/Star of the County Down, Gift of a Thistle [from Braveheart], Happy Birthday, Rowan Tree, Balmoral, and others.)
I can often learn a song I don't know with advance notice.
note, I play solo but do not play piobaireachd
|Christopher Schmitz||Guitar, Vocals|
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