My main goal in life is to help people hear good piping. Regardless of rate, distance, and time, I offer my best effort to help you, your guests or your clients hear the Great Highland Bagpipe as it was meant to be heard.
I've been piping for 30 years and performing for 25. I studied piping at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC and have been a full-time piper for the past 15 years. The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) rates me as a Grade 1 piper.
Beyond regular Weddings, Funerals, Church, Golf and other events, I am also the Piper for the Pinehurst Resort, perform internationally with The Tartan Terrors, and recently helped the Rend Collective's US Tour.
The pastor said Peter was the best he's ever heard (and he's done a lot of weddings and funerals). The daughter of the deceased said the bagpiper was "magical" and the perfect ending to a beautiful memorial experience.
Thank you so much!
Peter did s great performance! He arrived on time, picked perfect tunes, and looked great!
Peter was perfect. Professional. Great musician. Couldn’t have been any better. Would recommend him 1000 times over. Thank you peter!
Peter was extremely helpful with our ceremony. He was very easy to work with and provided excellent musical selections. I would recommend him for any event!
Very professional artist who needed little to no guidance for our funeral service.
He came at a last minute notice and performed amazingly! He drove quite a ways to be here for my grandpas funeral and gave it his best in the cold and pouring down rain! Would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a bagpiper!
Response from Peter McArthur:
Peter was so professional and easy to work with from the very beginning. He was on time for our event (early actually) and dressed in full Scottish regalia. He added such a fun element to our party and the guests truly loved hearing him play an assortment of tunes. Would highly recommend Peter to anyone that is thinking of adding this special touch to any type of event!!
Response from Peter McArthur:
Peter and his drummer were awesome, no issues and fun to work with
Peter played beautifully and was deeply reverent and respectful....thank you.
Peter was called within a few days to play for my Mother's funeral and was very accommodating. His music was excellent and well presented before and after the service. He will be highly recommended by myself and family.
Everyone at our event Loved it!
We had 3 different performers and by far, although the others were very good, Peter was OURSTASNDING. He set the mood and temp for the Best St. Pats Day Ever at our Brewery.
Peter did an amazing job at my fathers funeral service
Peter was fantastic! He came in playing and everyone loved it!! Definitely made our St. Patrick's day party even better!
Response from Peter McArthur:
We had a memorial service at a local beach park. It was just a few close friends and family. Peter McArthur played for it. He arrived early, played the entire time and played all we requested and more. He started off in the distance, came closer at the end of the service and played the special requests and then walked away at the end still playing. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Peter did an amazing job, will definitely be in touch with him for future events we are planning. Do not hesitate to book him, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Peter for a job well done!
Price Range: $150 - $450
What to Expect
Most uses of a Piper fall into a few categories.
1 - Prelude - The pipes are great for gathering music 15-20 minutes prior to an event.
2 - Processionals - The pipes are used to lead folks from one place to another.
3 - Special Featured Music - A tune used to focus a group's attention for a special moment, often a special request.
4 - Background Music - Pipes can create a unique atmosphere, usually in sets of 20-30 minutes, or on and off for an hour.
5 - Recessionals - The pipes lead folks back after the conclusion.
6 - Postlude - The pipes provide background music as folks mingle and disperse. Hearing the pipes play off into the distance for the postlude has a nice effect.
The McArthur side of my family moved to NC from Ardminish, Jura, Scotland in the 1770's to near Fayetteville, moving up the Cape Fear River from Wilmington.
The bagpipes I play were found in 1985 abandoned on the kitchen table in the old MacArthur home place on Jura. They are most likely from the 1890's and have always been complimented for their bold sound by professional piping judges since before I even could play them well.
I received most of my instruction from Bill Caudill at St. Andrew's University in Laurinburg, NC. I also spent many years attending the North American Academy of Piping summer school at Valle Crucis, NC where I received very influential instruction from Sandy Jones, Bill Logan, Ed Neigh, Colin MacLellan, and other major figures. In addition I've attended many weekend workshops with major players like Alasdair Gillies, Bob Worrall, and Ken Eller.
I am Pipe Sergeant with the St. Andrews University Pipe Band, a group that has consistently been the Grade III band to beat in the South for 20 years. (There are a very small number of Grade II/I bands in the US). I'm the Pipe Major for the Cross Creek Pipes and Drums in Fayetteville, and also teach the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band. The Wake and District Pipe Band in Raleigh recently brought me along to help tune and troubleshoot for a Grade III contest in Chicago. In the past, I taught and setup the Cape Fear Highlanders out of Wilmington during their undefeated year in Grade IV. I also performed with the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums during their run in Grade II at the North American Championship.
With 25 years of performance experience, I have the perspective to read an event and make decisions about how to handle unexpected changes in the plan. I'm also very flexible generally and happy to do what the moment calls for to make everything go very well.
Past Booked Events
|May 24, 2019 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 21, 2019 • 8:30am - 9:00am||Personal Occasion|
|May 18, 2019 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|April 20, 2019 • 11:00am - 11:30am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 03, 2019 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 13, 2018 • 8:30pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|September 16, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 09, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:00pm||Dinner Party|
|June 01, 2018 • 9:30am - 10:30am||Retirement Community Event|
|May 05, 2018 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 17, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cultural Event|
|March 17, 2018 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||Festival|
|October 28, 2017 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 14, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|April 16, 2017 • 7:00am - 8:00am||Religious Celebration|
|March 17, 2017 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||Holiday Party (Other)|
|April 30, 2016 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
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