Michael McGee

Why book Michael McGee?

Solo Irish Bagpiper available for Rebellions, Uprisings or other celebrations (weddings, funerals, parades, parties, etc.)

Perhaps some still, starry, desert evening you've heard me piping on the soft, warm night air of the vast desert? You'll know it's me by the sparing use of ornamentation. I love the harmonics and will not "guild the lilly". As long as the drones and chanter fill your heart with mirth and joy, the ruckus raised will be your own reward! Believe me when I tell you that nothing raises a ruckus like a stand of bagpipes.

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Wonderful Performance

Just wrapped up a long day after laying my Mother to rest. As family and friends gathered for dinner, the talk of the service was "the bagpipes." So please let me take a moment to Thank You - Mr. McGee, for playing so beautifully today. You were nothing short of outstanding. Your professionalism & promptness did not go unnoticed and I appreciated your suggestions as to when to play the songs. You have a great talent, and, on behalf of my family, I thank you for sharing it.

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Reviewer: Stefanie M.
Event: Funeral Service in Glendale, AZ
Event Date: May 14, 2013
Hired As: Bagpiper, Funeral Music

Response from Michael McGee:

Thank you Ms Macias,

You are too kind. Again, my condolences on your loss.

Warmest regards,
Michael Neal McGee

Wonderful Performance!

Michael McGee gave a wonderful witty bagpipe performance at my Mother's 80th birthday party. He took requests and played them well. Our family was very happy with the event and our mother was thrilled.

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Reviewer: Michael Z.
Event: Birthday Party in Gilbert, AZ
Event Date: Jul 14, 2012

Response from Michael McGee:

Erik, Laurie and Michael,

Thank you so much! The pleasure was all mine, it was a warm and wonderful gathering.

Warmest Regards,
Michael McGee

Perfect for the wedding luncheon!

Michael added just the right touch to our son's wedding luncheon. His bagpipe performance was absolutely lovely! He played the songs which were appropriate to the occasion and he adapted to the venue without any difficulty. Everyone loved it! He was a very gracious person and a professional performer.

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Reviewer: Christie J.
Event: Wedding Reception in Phoenix, AZ
Event Date: Aug 30, 2013
Hired As: Bagpiper

Response from Michael McGee:

Thank you, Christie,

They make a lovely couple. The pleasure was all mine!

Warmest regards,
Mike M

Inspirational and wonderful performance!

It was a pleasure working with Mike McGee for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. I would highly recommend him to all my family and friends. He was an amazing addition to our Luminaria Ceremony by playing and walking on the track while the participants were observing a moment of silence and remembering those they lost to cancer. Participants told me that his performance during the ceremony was very inspirational and what a wonderful addition he made to the Luminaria ceremony. He was wonderful to work with. We appreciate his willingness at such a last minute notice. We hope to have his participation in the years to come.

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Reviewer: Christy Q.
Organization: American Cancer Society- Relay for life
Event: Fundraiser in Mesa, AZ
Event Date: Apr 21, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper

Michael McGee ... wonderful!

Michael,

My family & I would like to thank you for your performance at my Mom's funeral. Your music was just beautiful. I especially appreciated that you were there on time, even before me! From the first time we spoke on the phone, to the day of her service, I felt confident you do well for us. And you did.

At the reception following, I heard many positive comments about your music & can't thank you enough for being a part of this celebration of my Mom's life. Mary Helen would've been proud.

Again, I thank you.

Maureen Lund

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Reviewer: Maureen F. L.
Event: Funeral Service in Phoenix, AZ
Event Date: Apr 14, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper

Great way to Celebrate!

Michael was a terrific addiiton to our recent St Patrick's Day Party! Arrived on time, played beautifully, and posed for pictures! Helped make the night unforgettable!

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Reviewer: Virginia P.
Event: Private Party in Phoenix, AZ
Event Date: Mar 17, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper

Professional, reliable and reasonably priced.

Mike played at our St. Patrick's Day party, dressed appropriately in a kilt sporting the Irish National Tartan. He was on time, personable and friendly, and very talented on the pipes. He also had a good repertoire of Irish tunes. Would definitely recommend him and use him again.

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Reviewer: Jim R.
Event: Private Party in Chandler, AZ
Event Date: Mar 17, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper, Irish / Scottish Entertainment

Review by Darien R.

Mr. McGee played during a white dove releasing at the end of my husband's memorial service. It was the most touching moment of the memorial and loved by all who were there. His love of the bagpipes was obvious but we were most impressed by the love that came from him for those he was serving. Not only was he an excellent bagpiper he conducted himself as a beloved member of the family. Though the doves were most beautiful, Michael's music was the golden thread that tied it all together and allowed my family to say goodbye in a most touching way that we will never forget nor will our guests. Thank you so much Michael for your talent and love. God bless you greatly, you are amazing. Love, The Richardson Family

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Reviewer: Darien R.
Organization: Private Memorial
Event: Funeral Service in Phoenix, AZ
Event Date: Oct 2, 2010
Hired As: Bagpiper

Review by Petey S.

Ours was a very specialized event; a theatre play with an underlying Scottish/bagpiper theme. Mike (Pops) McGee was not only generous enough to lend us a set of his personal pipes for the production, but he went above and beyond to perform outside the venue (in sometimes inclement weather)before almost every performance, for three weeks! as the audience was arriving. It truly set an exciting tone of anticipation. He is a wonderful communicator and was completely dedicated to the project. And his playing was delightful; full of heart and commitment. It has been my pleasure to know Mike and to come to appreciate his love of the bagpipes. I would highly recommend him for any entertainment venue.

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Reviewer: Petey S.
Organization: Desert Foothills Theatre
Event: Private Party in Carefree, AZ
Event Date: Jan 20, 2010
Hired As: Bagpiper, Bagpiper

Review by Cindy L.

Mike McGee is always a wonderful and professional additional to our parades and events which include numerous units from the Shriners. He also is a delightful person and epitimizes the character of a Bagpiper. Would strongly recommend.

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Reviewer: Cindy L.
Event: Private Party in Phoenix, AZ
Event Date: Feb 6, 2010

Review by Charles P.

very professional and enjoyable

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Reviewer: Charles P.
Event: Wedding Reception in Bullhead City, AZ
Event Date: Dec 12, 2009

Review by C H.

Michael "Pops" McGee provided services for the occasion of our father's 89th birthday. He was in attendance for the entire celebration. When my father arrived, he played the pipes and led the procession to greet my dad as he came up the walk and it brought tears of joy to my fathers eyes. He played at various times throughout the afternoon, including special selections when the family coat of arms was presented to my father, and of course before the toasts and birthday cake was presented. The last songs were played to mark the finale of the event. His selections were festive and celebratory when appropriate, and somber and regal when needed. His personality sparkled throughout the evening as he mingled with all the family and guests and lended a true Irish spirit to this Irish family party. We will certainly be using him for all our future celebrations and family gatherings!

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Reviewer: C H.
Event: Birthday Party in Phoenix, AZ
Event Date: Dec 5, 2009
Hired As: Bagpiper, Bagpiper, Celtic Music, Irish / Scottish Entertainment

Review by Stewart B.

WHat a pleasur to have a bagpiper in a parade. His unique systle of piping gives such flavor to the art. Hopefully he will be available to use at our next event. I would highly recommend him to anyone seaking a bagpiper.

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Reviewer: Stewart B.
Event: Festival in Bullhead City, AZ
Event Date: Oct 17, 2009

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 60 minutes
  • Fee: $200 and up
  • Languages: English

Additional Booking Notes

The bagpipe is the ultimate expression of the old adage that "Less is More". They have a loud and commanding presence and used even slightly to excess will detract from any ceremony.


By way of example, the single most moving use I have experienced was at a friend's graveside service. When all was finished (at a signal from the director I am sure) a piper stepped into view. He piped Amazing Grace to each of the four winds. He marched slowly off to the East, piping my friend home to the tune Highland Cathedral. It was the most moving service I have ever seen, and the principle reason I do what I do.


At the other extreme was a service where the piper piped numerous times in the chapel, piped the deceased to the hearse, from the hearse to the graveside, and piped at graveside. All anyone could remember about the service was the piper! It was a grand performance, but a very poor ceremony.

Michael McGee

I learned to pipe deep in the ancient forests of the Coastal Redwoods. My tunes echoed through the majestic forests and deep glens, both by Summer moonlight and in Winter's misty shroud, only to be taken in by the ancient trees. It was a place of such beauty that my pipes could not help but absorb the magic. And now you know an even greater secret. You can never be a Piper if there is no poetry in your soul.

Now I live in the Great Southwestern Desert, as my Little Brother says "midway between sunrise over the haunted Superstition Mts. and sunset over the desolate White Tank range. For the "less poetic" that would be Phoenix, Arizona.

Perhaps some still, starry, desert evening you've heard my piping on the soft, warm night air of the vast desert? You'll know it's me, by the sparing use of ornamentation, I love the harmonics and simply refuse to guild the Lilly.


How would I describe my music? “High Plains Celtic”, straight from the Colorado Plateau. No accompaniment, absolute minimum of ornamentation, coloration, or grace noting, and no vocals. Just the haunting sound of a single stand of pipes, slowly, relentlessly, drawing you deeper and deeper into the swirling harmonics of this magnificent instrument.

Pipes, as you might hear them on the winds of the high mesa, or perhaps some Saturday, off in the distance, piping the departed. Pipes, heard in the distance, carried on the wind.

Set List

Highland march set
Irish march set
American March set
Hymn set
Aires set
Christmas set
Pub Set

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Michael McGee to find out what their setup requirements are.

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