3-time Western US Champion soloist on Great Highland Bagpipes. Winner of hundreds of awards, performing professionally since 1969, Fred has the best credentials in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. He is a full-time professional bagpiper available on short notice.
Fred was great to work with. Very accommodating. The Pinole Historical Society (PHS) hired him for its annual Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony. He arrived when he said he would, looked so natty in his attire, and performed beautifully. The PHS received several compliments about his musicianship AND his appearance. He is a nice man and a terrific piper. We highly recommend him.
Fred was awesome he made my retirement date very special I work in a large office building and everyone came out to hear him play and to cheer me on as I was leaving the building. I would hire Fred in a minute for my next celebration. Thank you Freda for making my special day great!
Response from Fred Payne, Champion Bagpiper:
Thank you, Lauren. It was a joyful experience and I was really happy for you, especially when people emerged from offices to applaud you!
Best Wishes Always,
Mr Payne was very accommodating and we thoroughly enjoyed his music. Thank you very much. Highly recommend!
Fred’s bagpipe playing was a real hit at the retirement party. Friendly and professional. I recommend him.
Having Fred Payne play his bagpipes at the Wave Organ was just as we had imagined it would be...and to have friends & neighbors there to honor and share their remembrances of a dear friend made the day more memorable to everyone with Fred's reverent sound of bagpipes.
Fred arrived early and we discussed songs and I gave him the timing on when he needed to play. He was very engaging explaining even how the bagpipes work. My family and friends enjoyed his presence and he stayed after the memorial so my brothers' children could have a photo with him. Thank you again Fred. We are of Scottish heritage and Fred helped us send off my brother with the powerful healing of the pipes.
Very prompt and easy to work with.
Fred was perfect. He is a master with the pipes. There were few dry eyes during the wedding! We would recommend him to everyone.
Everyone at the wedding was commenting how Mr Payne's music created a dramatic and emotional touch while he led the bride along the beach front to meet the groom. Mr Payne is easy to work with, helped with the music choices, and arrived on time. He is a highly experienced musician and the music he played was beautiful.
Fred Payne is more than a Champion Bagpiper! He is world class! He was very personable and amenable to all my requests during the party. This was a private event that I hosted and I could not have succeeded without Fred or Gigsalad! Great experience! Hands down world class experience. Fred allowed me to go over how I wanted him to enter and address the group. The sounds that came from his bagpipes were truly amazing. He is a talented musician! Then I followed up with a full Authentic Irish National ceremonial Kilt. Yes! I wore a Kilt too. Everyone should try it. You can rent them from KiltRentalUSA.com. We took a small group picture with Fred at the end. (Not everyone is in the picture). I reccommend Fred, absolutely! Way to go GigSalad! Great experience!
Fred was personable, professional and on time.
His bagpipes truly pulled on the heart strings of many family and friends at my sons Memorial, I would recommend Fred for any event where a a bagpipe is welcome.
Fred played at my father's burial and did an amazing job. He is a very talented musician and kind person. We hope to have him play at a memorial for our father next month. I highly recommend Fred Payne.
Thanks you so much, you made our event so much more special with your meaningful performance. Everything was amazing and you are such a talented performer!
On short notice, on time, friendly, dressed in his kilt and looking very sharp, Fred coordinated with the USMC Honor Guard at the service and his playing of Amazing Grace and the Marine Corps Hymn was perfect. My family members and I thank you for adding a touch of class to my father's service.
Response from Fred Payne, Champion Bagpiper:
Thank you, James. I was very honored to be a part of your father's service.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 5 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Contract Fred to perform for you.
Consult as little or as much as you desire - no added fees.
Fred arrives early, prepares.
Fred is a full-time professional piper throughout the San Francisco Bay area, northern/central California, and Nevada. His rates are competitive and he is available on short notice.
Fred began piping in 1966 at age 11 and joined the Walter B. Truman Pipe Band a year later. He played his first professional gig at age 14. In San Luis Obispo, Fred co-founding the Central Coast Pipes and Drums in 1999 and was pipe major in 2002. He then played in contests with the Monterey Bay Pipes and Drum and the San Francisco Irish Pipers. He competed as a soloist until 2012, winning more than 100 contests in the Western United States. He took the Western US Championship three years running in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Fred now devotes all his time to professional bagpiping. His references are the best and his contest winnings public record.
Highlights of Fred's career:
Performed with the San Francisco Opera in "Heart of a Soldier," 2011.
Performed with the California Symphony on the 9-11 memorial in 2009.
Performed with the Napa Symphony, 2008.
Performed with the Diablo Symphony 2008.
Performed with the Chieftains, 2008, 2009, 2010.
Countless weddings, memorials, corporate functions, golf tournaments, military and law enforcement events. The list is nearly endless.
Additional Booking Notes
Fred is ultimately versatile. He requires no setup, no equipment. Instructions may be changed at the very last minute.
Upcoming Booked Events
|January 18, 2019 • 1:00pm - 1:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
Past Booked Events
|December 13, 2018 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Christmas Party|
|November 11, 2018 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|October 13, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 15, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 31, 2018 • 3:30pm - 3:45pm||Personal Occasion|
|May 26, 2018 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm||Birthday Party|
|April 21, 2018 • 7:30pm - 7:45pm||Birthday Party|
|April 06, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Retirement Party|
|March 17, 2018 • 7:00pm - 7:30pm||Holiday Party|
|February 27, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm||Retirement Party|
|January 27, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|January 25, 2018 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Dinner Party|
|December 16, 2017 • 7:30pm - 8:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 09, 2017 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 02, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|November 09, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 15, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 10, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 17, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|March 04, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|February 19, 2017 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|November 11, 2016 • 10:00am - 10:15am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 01, 2016 • 2:30pm - 2:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|February 28, 2016||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|November 21, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|November 14, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 03, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|September 06, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 17, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
Scotland the Brave
The Green Hills of Tyrol (The Scottish Soldier)
Skye Boat Song
The Road to the Isles
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet
The Rowan Tree
Mull of Kintyre
Flowers of the Forest
The Dawning of the Day
The Wearing of the Green
Let Erin Remember
The Cliffs of Doneen
Mist Covered Mountains
The Dark Island
When the Piper Plays
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