John Goff, a Portland, OR bagpiper, is a second-generation bagpiper and has performed at hundreds of weddings, funerals, celebrations and parties. As a competitive bagpiper since 1984, John has won numerous prizes in bagpipe band and solo competitions. He is one of the most prolific pipers in the Northwest having played 82 times last year at events in the area – from Vancouver, BC to California’s Bay Area. John brings his passion for piping, traditional attire, and exacting standards to every performance and event. John Goff is a Portland bagpiper for hire available at short notice.
John – 503.960.5599
John was a wonderful addition to our Covid funeral. With so many necessary restrictions in place--ten people around the grave and a lone piper in the distance--we felt like the service couldn't have been better. Many thanks
Thanks for making our son’s Memorial Service special!
Response from Cascadia Piper:
It was my honor to take part in such a special event. It was a deeply moving and beautiful service. My deepest condolences go out to you and your loved family.
Booked Cascadia Piper for our celebration and couldn't have been happier. John is a great musician and fun to be around. Would definitely hire him again!!!!
John case to play for my father-in-law's memorial and I had no idea what to expect or how a bagpiper is used in a service. John quickly came up with lots of options and essentially just ran with it. I had a million things on my plate and one this that I didn't have to worry about was the bagpiper! John gave me recommendations - since I really don't have much knowledge of bagpipe music at all- and it worked perfectly. I received dozens of comments from guests of how great John sounded and how great John was with guests. He was professional, agreeable and FAR from stodgy. His talent really made a difference to our memorial service and I would HIGHLY recommend John for anyone looking for a very easy going, professional musician. Thanks John and Thanks Cascadia Piper!
I hired Mr. Goff to play my sisters wedding as a gift to her and her new husband. The wedding went off with out a hitch and Mr. Goff's piping selection fit the day perfectly.
Wonderful experience with Cascadia Piper for our memorial service event. Thank you!
Response from Cascadia Piper:
Thank you for your kind words. It was such a touching service.
Cascadia Piper performed at our 4th Burns Supper and it was awesome! He piped in the guests, led the procession of the haggis, and even hung around to enjoy the rest of the party. Cascadia Piper was not only a great piper but on time, courteous, and willing to go above and beyond what we hired him to do. I would highly encourage you to book Cascadia Piper for your event. Our guests were all very impressed! Thanks!
Price Range: $200-300
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Commercial General Liability
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
I show up to an event at least 15 minutes beforehand, usually 30 to get confirmation of any changes that might've occurred and meet the organizers and possibly the client if need be. I'll stand where appropriate, front and center if it's appropriate or off in the distance if that is more suitable. As guests start to arrive I'll be playing traditional tunes that fit the occasion (more upbeat rousing tunes for a wedding or softer more reflective tunes if the service is honoring a loved one.) As people start to take their seats I'll be on the alert for an event planner to nod their head for me to stop. I'll slowly walk almost out of sight where I can view the event proceedings. At a designated time during the service I'll come back to where I was previously playing and perform for the crowd. The tune would be something important to the clients. Something the deceased loved or a tune or set of tunes that the wedding couple find dear to them (Scotland the Brave, Danny Boy, Amazing Grace, etc.) I would then recede from view and get ready to close the ceremony. When the closing remarks are being said I would slowly take my place again in full view of the audience. The officiant might call out for me to play or I'll be listening to the end unfold. At the conclusion of the speaker I'll perform another designated tune as the crowd watches, I then might slowly walk off as I'm playing the tune repeatedly off in the distance.
A bagpiper since 1984, John Goff has performed at hundreds of weddings, funerals, celebrations and parties. As a competitive bagpiper, John has won numerous band and solo competitions. He is a recording artist inside and outside of the bagpiping world and has worked with countless artists such as Moby, The Crystal Method, and The Noise Project.
John lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Past Booked Events
|April 19, 2020 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm||Religious Celebration|
|January 11, 2020 • 11:00am - 11:15am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|April 20, 2019 • 1:00pm - 1:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|