I am currently the Pipe Major of the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums. I have played the bagpipes for 43 years. I am available for funerals, weddings, and parties in the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. Auditions available on request. Very reasonable rates. I am the preferred piper for all of the funeral homes in the valley and they can be contacted for reference.
He was on time, cheerful, and 100% provided what we wanted for our Papa’s Celebration of Life. He added the authentic Scottish flare we were hoping for and stayed for the entire event as promised. I definitely recommend Mr. iPipeIt for your event. He made ours very special. ❤️
The Piper was great! He was on time accommodating and patient with us as we worked through our cemornoy rehearsal. Would very much recommend.
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Yes, he was not only on time he was several hours early. Went over the wedding with my coordinator before I even arrived. Made my day so much easier. With his experience, the procession of the wedding party went beautifully. Couldn't have had the ceremony we planned on without him.
A very nice and compassionate man. Played wonderful music. The very best anyone could ask for. Would have been worth it for twice the price. Thank's, Lee
Response from IPIPEIT Bagpiper For Hire:
Thank you Lee for your kind words.
Mark was amazing and we were so lucky to be able book him for our wedding. Arrived early super easy to talk to and did an amazing job.
Response from IPIPEIT Bagpiper For Hire:
Thank you Tammy! It means a lot to get a review like this!
Mark opens the path to the HIghlands the minute the pipes are played. Attendees at our Native Daughters of the Golden West were moved by his music in remembering their departed friends. Mark is PF (professional and flexible) and best of all, he is a master who loves what he does and his music is living proof of his devotion!
What a great time we had listening to this amazing guy! He was everything you want in a piper and was very professional but fun. Thanks for making my husbands birthday party and extra memorable event! Highly recommend.
Mark did a wonderful job playing for my group's dining out. Would highly recommend and will certainly look to him for future events.
Mark was a pleasure to work with from our first contact. One of my father's wishes was to have a bagpiper play at his service and Mark fufilled that wish flawlessly. His timing and playing throughout the service was perfect. Thank you for helping us honor our father in a special way.
He was so amazing to work with. He did amazing grace at a funeral. He was professional, super early, and played through the ceremony. Would hire him again in a heart beat.
What a wonderful experience. Mark Little lightened what was a sad day for my family and friends. For the second time in a two month period we had to lay to rest one of my parents, my father. My father was Hellcat Fighter Pilot in WWII and a proud man. He loved his family and his Country. I wanted to do something special for our Hero and hire a Bagpiper for his service. I found the Gig Salad and requested quotes. Forgetting it was the weekend of the Pleasanton Scottish Highlander Games, I thought I was out of luck. I started to receive very polite emails that people were unavailable. Then came a quote from Mark Little, we made contact and discussed what I was looking for. I told Mark this was a funeral for my father and that we had just buried my mother two months ago. Mark was very sympathetic and understood my dilemma. We worked out the arrangements for the funeral service.
Mark performed masterfully, I know my father was looking down smiling and doing a little jig.
Mike (Dublin, CA)
What to Expect
Every funeral, wedding or party is different. These are your functions and you tell me what you want and I will do my best to comply with your wishes. It is as simple as that!!!!!
If you want your booking fee paid for and also get the best piper on Gigsalad in the San Joaquin Valley, you have come to the right place!!!!!!! Mark always pays your booking fee so you don't have to! Mark is always ready to negotiate price too! Charity events are always NO CHARGE!
Mark Little possesses a lifetime of experience, performing and playing only the Bagpipes. He has played the Bagpipes for 43 years. Mark has been told by Pipe Majors of bands that he has been a member of over the years, that he is a rock solid piper. Mark is currently the Pipe Major for the FRESNO STAG AND THISTLE PIPES AND DRUMS. Mark is the most successful of any previous Pipe Majors of the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums, has been Pipe Major more times than any previous Pipe Majors, and has held the position longer than any previous Pipe Majors. The main goal of the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums is to always make sure that clients have the best piper for their money!
Mark started playing the bagpipes at age 16 when he joined the MCLANE PIPERS AND DANCERS under the direction of Larry Huck, the man that started the group in the mid 1960's. He was a true mentor to Mark. No other band director ever came close to keeping the integrity and professionalism of the Mclane Pipers and Dancers as Mr. Huck did. Mark was Pipe Major of the MCLANE PIPERS AND DANCERS his Senior year as were his sister and brother when they attended Mclane.
Mark plays a 1963 full sterling silver set of bagpipes made by R.G. Hardie. The chanter Mark plays is a Gibson solo wood chanter with a full sterling silver sole. A perfect look and sound for a wedding, funeral, or party.
Mark also has a set of Walsh Shuttle Pipes. In the National Parks there are decibel restrictions in most areas except for hotels and churches, such as the chapel in Yosemite. Only small pipes are allowed in restricted sreas.The Great Highland Bagpipe has one volume, which is very loud, and might not be appropriate for some gigs.
Mark Little has played for many, many, weddings, parties, and funerals over the years and will be more than happy to audition for you before being hired. Mark is well known and recommended by all of the Funeral Homes in the San Joaquin Valley and any of them can be contacted for reference. Mark has played for Chaffee Zoo, Tachi Palace, Fresno Police Department, CDF Fire Honor Guard, Armed Services Honor Guard, Fresno Community Hospital, Saint Agnes Hospital, the National Cemetery at Santa Nella California, and many Weddings in Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.....JUST TO NAME A FEW. Mark comes from a family of pipers as his brother and sister also play. Mark has played with the St. Andrews Pipe Band of Modesto, Clan Campbell Pipe Band of Modesto, and now the Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes and Drums. Mark is a stickler for making sure your event is perfect. VERY REASONABLE RATES!!!!!!!!!!
Past Booked Events
|October 21, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 20, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|August 29, 2017 • 10:00am - 1:00pm||Graduation|
|June 17, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 09, 2017 • 11:00pm - 11:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 06, 2016 • 11:00am - 11:30am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 15, 2016 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 21, 2016||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|June 08, 2016 • 9:30am - 10:15am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 16, 2016 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|April 23, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|February 06, 2016||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|January 22, 2016||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|November 07, 2015||Cocktail Party|
|September 04, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|August 26, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 25, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 03, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 29, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 11, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 17, 2015||Holiday Party|
|December 03, 2014||Funeral Service|
|November 01, 2014||Other|
|September 20, 2014||Birthday Party|
|August 29, 2014||Funeral Service|
|August 10, 2014||Funeral Service|
|July 04, 2014||Birthday Party|
Scotland The Brave -
Rowan Tree -
Green Hills -
Battle is Over -
La Baum -
Coulters Candy -
Cabar Feidh -
Duncan McInnes -
Captain Norman Orr Ewing -
High Road to Gairloch -
She Moved Through the Faire -
Cockney Jocks -
Edinburgh Tattoo -
Amazing Grace -
In The Garden -
Theme in Glory -
Going Home -
Donald Ross of Vancouver -
Last of the Mohicans/Gael -
Highland Cathedral -
Muir of Ord -
Flett From Flotta -
Battle of the Somme -
Argyles Crossing the River Po -
Glascow Police Pipers -
Theme from Titanic -
Dr. Larry Anderson -
Flower of Scotland -
Mist Covered Mountains -
Danny Boy -
Dark Isle -
Flowers of the Forest -
Mingulay Boat Song -
Skye Boat -
Minstrel Boy -
Wearing of the Green -
Auld Lang Syne -
and many more... -
Influences & Inspiration
Mr. Larry Huck, Dick Foster and Gwen Foster, Bob Lawrie-Former Pipe Major Clan Campbell Pipe Band of Modesto, Liz Tubbs-Pipe Major City of Sacramento Pipe Band