Bruce Wright has played bagpipes for many high-profile events in central North Carolina, including the opening ceremonies for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, several events at Pinehurst, graduation services at the University of North Carolina, the opening of the 5-star Umstead Hotel in Cary, the annual Children's Christmas Eve service at Duke University Chapel in Durham, the annual "12 Days of Christmas" Scottish dinner at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, and many other events such as Burns suppers, charity events, church services, St. Patrick's Day celebrations, golf tournaments, country club dinners, private parties, and business functions, as well as weddings and funerals.
Better than expected
Bruce was kind, flexible and generous with his time. He is very talented and you can be confident he will do a professional job. Attire could have been a bit sharper but overall he played excellent for the occassion.
Bruce was wonderful, fun loving and very adept to the changing conditions of the event. I will hire him again.
Bruce did an amazing job playing for our wedding! We are so thankful and would definitely recommend him for anyone looking for a piper for their event.
We loved having Bruce. He’s a real pro
Bruce Wright did an amazing performance at my sister's wedding April 25th! He is a delight, so easy to work with and very accommodating with our plans for the outdoor ceremony despite the cool temperatures and light rain. He even offered optional tunes and a range of different attire to suite our preferences! He arrived an hour early dressed in a beautiful kilt and ready to perform. He played BEAUTIFULLY as he strolled down the sidewalk passing the bride playing "Highland Cathedral" - he was a complete surprise to her and the neighbors watching! It was the highlight of the wedding!! The look on her face was priceless -she was so touched by Bruce's heartfelt talent. He never wavered with his commitment to play and came through for us when NO one else would despite the Corona Virus fears. I cannot thank or say enough good things about Bruce Wright and his magnificent talent and kind demeanor. I would recommend him for any venue- his fee is nominal compared to the treasured memory we now have of my sister's wedding. Thank you for making this dream happen flawlessly.
Bruce was easy to deal with, very kind and considerate, dignified. I would definitely hire him again.
Mr. Wright did a wonderful job. He is very experienced his play impressed all of the guests.
Bruce is an expert! What fun it was to have him with us again for our family reunion where the Scuppernong River and the Albermarle Sound meet.
Bruce's playing is lovely and his knowledge about the music, instrument and history was fascinating.
Please hire him and take advantage of his superb talents!
Great job. The high light of my mom's 90th birthday part. Thanks so much!
Bruce was on time and ready. Played amazingly. Made for a beautiful ceremony. Made my day. Would definitely recommend him to any and everyone.
Booked Mr. Wright for a televised awards event before an audience of several hundred. He showed up on time, ready to perform. He worked with the event planner on what to play and when, then performed perfectly. We would love to have him return.
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 5 - 120 minutes
Bruce has been playing the pipes for over 25 years and has studied piping under several of the most prominent piping instructors in North America, including Sandy Jones (former Pipe Major of the US Air Force Pipe Band and former Director of Piping at the Citadel in Charleston, SC), Colin MacLellan (Winner of the Gold Medal and the Clasp, two of piping's highest awards), and Ed Neigh (Former Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Guelph Pipe Band from Ontario, Canada). Bruce was Pipe Major (Director) of the City of Oaks Pipe Band in Raleigh for over 10 years, and is currently the piping instructor for the North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums Grade 4 band. He currently plays with the NCSU Pipes and Drums Grade 3 (upper-level) band.
He is available for weddings, funerals, private parties, and all other events that would be enhanced by the pipes.
Upcoming Booked Events
|August 13, 2021 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
Past Booked Events
|April 17, 2021 • 4:30pm - 4:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 17, 2021 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|March 14, 2021 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|February 04, 2021 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 30, 2020 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 15, 2020 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|August 14, 2020 • 8:00pm - 8:15pm||Birthday Party|
|April 25, 2020 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 02, 2020 • 11:00pm - 11:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|September 22, 2019 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|June 15, 2019 • 10:30pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|May 12, 2019 • 6:30pm - 6:45pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 15, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Corporate Event|
|July 31, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 22, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Reunion|
|November 09, 2016 • 4:00pm - 4:15pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|April 23, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 26, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
Traditional Pipe Tunes (Not a complete list):
A Man's a Man for All That
A Nation Once Again
All These Endearing Young Charms
Amazing Grace (Pipe band setting)
Auld Lang Syne
The Barren Rocks of Aden
The Battle of the Somme
The Battle of Waterloo
Blue Bells of Scotland
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
The Brown Haired Maiden
The City of Hastings Highland Pipe Band
Cock of the North
The Dark Island
The Dawning of the Day
Doctor Ross' 50th Welcome to the Argyleshire Gathering
Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban
Down by the Sally Gardens
The Duke of Perth's Reel
Farewell to Nigg
Flee the Glen
Flett From Flotta
Flowers of the Forest
Garb of Old Gaul
Ghillie Callum (Sword Dance)
Green Hills of Tyrol
The High Road to Gairloch
High Road to Linton
Kelsey's Wee Reel
The Kilt is My Delight
King George the V's Army
Leaving Port Askaig
Let Erin Remember
March of the Champions Supreme
The Marquis of Huntley's Highland Fling
The Massacre of Glencoe
Men of Argyll
The Minstrel Boy
The Mist Covered Mountains
Morag of Dunvegan
Mrs. Lily Christie
My Lodging's on the Cold Ground
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet
Old Rustic Bridge
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Paddy Maginty's Goat
Pipe Major J. K. Cairns
Pipe Major Willie Gray's Farewell to the Glasgow Police
Rose Amongst the Heather
Rose of Allendale
Saint Andrews Society of Charleston
Sandy's New Chanter
Scotland the Brave
Scots Wha Hae
Skye Boat Song
Sound of Sleat
Tripping Up the Stairs
The Water is Wide
Waters of Kylesku
Wearing of the Green
Weary We've Been
We're No Awa' to Bide Awa' (Johnnie Scobie)
When The Battles Over
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Will Ye No Come Back Again? (Bonnie Charlie)
Wings (March of the Royal Engineers)
Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town
Patriotic Tunes (sample):
America the Beautiful
Semper Paratus (Coast Guard)
Hymn Tunes (Sample):
Abide With Me
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus (Hyfrydol setting)
Amazing Grace (Hymn tune setting)
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended
God of Grace and God of Glory
God the Omnipotent
How Firm a Foundation
Just As I Am
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll not Want (Brother James' Air)
O For A Closer Walk With God
Ode To Joy
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (Old Hundredth)
Shall We Gather At The River
The Spacious Firmament on High
Tis The Gift To Be Simple (Simple Gifts)
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Many Christmas Carols
Typically will need a small amount of space and 15 minutes to an hour to set up, depending on the type of event.