As a retired Marine Corps Musician clad in the Leatherneck tartan, Joel is a solo bagpiper with over 20 years of experience who performs for weddings, funerals, social events, or whatever your occasion calls for.
He has also successfully incorporated the bagpipes into a Rock & Roll Bagpipe show where he covers classic rock tunes, pop, and even jazz. This is a perfect scenario for when you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. For these events, Joel wears a Desert Camoflage Kilt and black leather to exemplify both the Marine in him as well as the Rock & Roll nature of the event.
Cheers and Semper Fi,
Joel M. Daniel
GySgt, USMC (ret.)
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
Either for a traditional bagpiping event, or for my rock show, you should expect nothing short of complete professionalism and courtesy. I pride myself on being prompt by arriving to each event I do at least an hour early just to ensure that all of the last-minute logistical concerns are covered. I also take pride in my appearance knowing that the visual element (especially for traditional events) is just as important as how it sounds.
Funerals: I consider this to be one of the highest honors granted - to be there for the family during their time of grief - lending the honor, dignity, and respect that their loved one deserves. As a retired Marine Corps Musician, I take Memorial services extremely seriously and personally.
Weddings: It is a time of joy and celebration! For the wedding ceremony, I provide the utmost in pomp and dignity ensuring that my appearance and tuning are impeccable. Afterwards at the reception, I am also fully prepared to let my hair down and play a rock set to kick off the party!
I have years of experience in doing both military and civilian ceremonies. I find that a lot of families are a bit unsure of how to incorporate a bagpiper into their event. I would like to give you peace of mind by offering my assistance.
Started piping over 20 years ago after witnessing my first Highland Games in Pleasanton, CA. I was a tuba instrumentalist with Marine Band San Diego and after that initial exposure to the pipes, it took several weeks for the drones to get out of my head! That's when I knew I had to learn how to play them! What started as an interest, grew to be a hobby, then a side business, and now is my full-time job.
I started incorporating the pipes into rock music while stationed at the 1st Marine Division Band at Camp Pendleton. Getting a bit bored with playing nothing more than the traditional tunes, I got on YouTube and saw AC/DC's Long Way to the Top. We immediately formed a Rock Band and I fronted it on vocals and pipes. San Clemente's Street Festival 2010 will live in my memory forever - total Rock Star experience!!!
Additional Booking Notes
For traditional bagpiping events:
All I really need to know is type of event, location, time/date and if there are any special musical requests.
For Rock Show events:
- I will need a performance area no smaller than 10'X10'. Keep in mind that the bagpipes are pretty loud on their own and the venue should be large enough such that they don't overpower it. For smaller venues of a more intimate setting, I would recommend using my Small Pipes.
- Power source - standard 110v electrical outlet located within 100' of performance area.
- I can provide my own sound reinforcement equipment.
- If using the "House System", I will require three channels on the sound board - (1) Bluetooth Receiver for MP3 playback, (2) Vocal Mic, (3) Bagpipe Mic (wireless receiver).
See comment under "For Rock Show" on "Notes/Technical Info" tab.
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