- Venice, CA
- Travels up to 60 miles
- Negotiable per event!
Max Gillespie is a professional bagpipe player based out of Los Angeles, California. Available with Scottish music for weddings, funerals, parties, as well as bagpipe lessons. Don't hesitate to contact if you want a bagpiper at your next gathering or special event. Max is available throughout Los Angeles County, and can negotiate further travel!
For years, all I had told my mother was when I get married I want a bagpiper! The church that we chose however was entirely glass, which was not recommended for bagpipers, so I sadly gave up on the idea:( To my huge surprise, my mother had found Max over the internet from Denver, contacted him, and when we arrived at The Victorian in Santa Monica for our reception - the whole place and Main Street was filled with the powerful and beautiful sound of Max's bagpipes - I almost cried out of happiness, hugged my mother, and enjoyed Max for the next hour. He is sweet as can be, very professional, looks great in a kilt, and most importantly kills it on the bagpipes!!!:) Hire him as a wonderful addition to any celebration you might be having!!!:)
I work with Ticketmaster and hired Max for a company event. He was AWESOME! Really easy to work with, friendly, and good. He had a great repetoire of music and was friendly that everyone just felt very relaxed around him. I would most definately hire him again. A pleasure to work with. L
We had a small gathering at our club for St. Patricks Day....and Max made the party! Well composed, everyone enjoyed engaging with Max during breaks and learning about his profession and the time blew by. Not even a question if we will hire him again...it's a given!
Max did an absolutely perfect job at our wedding. I contacted him through gigsalad and he got back to me right away. Me and my wife to be researched some music and Max was happy to play our selections. He arrived at our wedding on time and with a smile. Since my wife is Catholic and I'm Jewish (our life is like a sitcom) his cue was to start playing the bagpipes the moment after I broke the glass. He did exactly that and the crowd loved it. It was perfect! He was also nice enough to play a few more songs while our crew made there way to the cocktail hour which was not something we had asked! Max is a great musician and a good guy and we were lucky to have him at our wedding!
We needed music for our wedding and had been unable to book a harp. Thank goodness because it dawned on us how amazing a piper would be. We read Max's reviews and chatted him online only to discover... He's Great!
We booked a small out of the way (read: Middle of nowhere that is crazy hard to find.) He had to no trouble getting there and was able to get ready without any notice. We had asked him to lay low because we wanted the piper to be a surprise and man he delivered. I cannot say enough good things about this hip cat!
Response from Max Gillespie:
Thank you for having me at your home for your wedding Sean! Definitely felt welcome the second i walked through the doors, and it was a beautiful and fun ceremony to boot. Couldn't have been more of a pleasure for me!
I hired Max at short notice to perform as a surprise for my daughter's wedding in October 2012. True to his promise he was at the wedding reception in all of his Scottish regalia and playing on the terrace when we arrived from the wedding ceremony in the limosine. Sarah's jaw dropped when she heard the music and turned to me and asked, "Mom is that a bagpiper?" I replied, " no, sweetheart, that's your bagpiper." Max was professional, played through the cocktail hour and posed for a picture with the bride. A highlight of our memories!
Response from Max Gillespie:
Patricia, the Victorian was a beautiful venue, and I'm glad to have been involved with the cocktail hour. I'm glad I had such a positive effect for everyone, that's what I'm going for!
Max was a hit! He was a great addition to our wedding ceremony. Max was extremely accommodating and professional. He showed up early, looked great, rolled with the punches(as weddings go)and sounded fantastic. Our guests could not stop talking about the piper, i think he stole the show! Thanks for such a great performance and such great hospitality. We highly recommend Max and would definitely use him again!
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