Ryan Praskovich is a professional bagpiper, the highest level competitive piping, who is available to play for Weddings, Funerals, Church Services, Graduations, Parties, and other various events. With his experience and dedication to the bagpipes, Ryan has cultivated a repertoire of many traditional tunes that would be suitable for any event requested. As a solo competitor, Ryan has won many of the top prizes in the highest amateur grade level, such as the 3rd at the George Sheriff Memorial Invitational making him the 3rd best Amateur piper in North America. Ryan would like to make your special event a more memorable one with the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipes.
Ryan was lovely; on-time, easy to communicate with during event planning, and well put-together for our event! Would certainly hire again.
I engaged Ryan to play my girlfriend's daughter's wedding in Pittsburgh in March, 2017. Ryan played Canon in D Major as the bride was escorted down the aisle by her mother, and he played Highland Cathedral as the wedding party walked down the aisle and exited the church after the ceremony. For both tunes the music was incredibly beautiful! Ryan is obviously a very talented bagpipe player. The music was well-played and filled the entire church. Many guests at the wedding commented on how beautiful the bagpipes were and how much they enjoyed them as part of the wedding.
I highly recommend Ryan for your special occasion. He is incredibly professional, reasonably priced, and a joy to work with. He worked very well with the organist and church personnel to make sure that all parties were satisfied with when and where he should play. It was a joy to have him add to the celebration in the way that he did.
Price Range: Contact for Fee
Gig Length: 10 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Professional playing with full highland dress and deportment. I will play all tunes to the best standard, as well as any tunes you would like to hear for your event. Expect me to be very punctual to your event by spending the necessary time before the event to go over exact details of what is requested.
Ryan Praskovich is a professional bagpiper, the highest level in competitive solo piping, living in Columbus, OH who is available to play for Weddings, Funerals, Church Services, Graduations, Parties, and other various events. With his experience and dedication to the bagpipes, Ryan has cultivated a repertoire of many traditional tunes that would be suitable for any event requested. As a solo competitor, Ryan has won many of the top prizes in the highest amateur grade level such as:
* 3rd place at George Sheriff Memorial Invitational (3rd best in North America)
* 1st place 2 years in a row at the Gilchrist Challenge receiving free airfare to compete in Scotland
* The McLeod Quaich and Medal for 1st place in Piobaireachd at Rural Hill Scottish Festival in 2015
* 1st place MSR at the Colonial Highland Games in 2015
* Competed at the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd Competition in Oban, Scotland reserved for the best pipers in the world under 22
* 1st place overall at the 2008 Balmoral Classic naming him "The Best Piper in the United States 18 and under."
Ryan has also played in Grade 1 bands which is the highest level of competitive band playing. Ryan competed with the 78th Fraser Highlanders from 2013-2014 where in 2014 were crowned the Champion Supreme Pipe Band in Ontario, Canada. They also competed at North Berwick Highland Games placing 3rd, and the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland where they made it to the final round of competition and placed 11th in the world.
Ryan would like to make your special event a more memorable one with the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipes.
Past Booked Events
|August 27, 2018 • 10:30am - 11:00am||Campus Event|
Scotland the Brave
Mist Covered Mountains
and many other classic and contemporary bagpipe tunes
|Ryan Praskovich||Solo Bagpiper|
|78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band (Canada)||Active Bandmember|
|Carnegie Mellon University Pipe Band||Active Bandmember|
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