I am specialist in traditional Celtic music. Not only a piper, but perform on various (link hidden)ish Whistles, Irish Black Flute, Scottish Smallpipes, Tenor Mandola, Guitar.
I adapt my repetoire and instrument selection to fit the clients needs. As well I network with numerous traditional musicians and can create duo or trio ensembles very quickly for great background music. Perfect for weddings, corporate receptions, garden parties, gatherings of any kind.
As a piper have played for hundreds of funerals, weddings, official public functions. Live on TSN, live from CBC's Glenn Gould Studio etc. Have numerous references if requested.
25 Years experience!
My family and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mark for his excellent accompaniment as we laid a loved one to rest. Mark arrived to the site earlier than expected in order to familiarize himself with the area and to speak with us regarding the service. He came in full Highland regalia and stood as a solemn honour guard of the ceremony. Mark’s many years of piping experience ensured he knew each of the songs we had selected, and each one of them was played beautifully. Mark helped bring a little taste of Scotland for all attending, and he comes highly recommended. Please do consider him for your next event, as you will not be disappointed.
Mark was amazing. He showed up prior to the service. He was in full dress, and his playing was beautiful. Most of all, he stood as a man of honour, and gave my father the perfect send off. I would highly recommend him.
Mark arrived early and did exactly what asked plus more.
Mark was accommodating, pleasant and professional. He is a very skilled musician. He was open to any suggestions we had for our wedding. He really added the special touch we were looking for to our day. We enjoyed working with him and will definitely contact him again should the occasion arise.
Mark was a pleasure to deal with right the start to the finish. He has very professional and new what to do at the funeral.
The piping was wonderful and song selection perfect. Everyone was touched and had many people approach me stating how good it was to have Manny (the deceased) pipped home. Thank you Mark for being part of the family for the day.
Mark was wonderful. He arrived early and made suggestions that improved our ceremony. His playing was great and he marched down the aisle as me and my bride exited. I couldn’t recommend him more!
The music provided was for the celebration of life and interment of my parents, on what would have been their 77th wedding anniversary. It was wonderful - the three pieces provided were touching - particularly Amazing Grace, played while those assembled laid poppies at the grave site in tribute. Thank you so, so much, Mark - your mastery of the pipes, and your full uniform, indeed added to the dignity and respect I wanted to pay my parents.
Although my original pick of using Mark did not pan out. He quickly found a replacement that was fantastic and helped me make my wedding day truly spectacular.
Thank you for picking Les Brunton for me.
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Our residents enjoyed the musical entertainment that was provided for our Irish Luncheon. The residents were clapping their hands to the lively music and shedding tears to the sad ones like "Danny Boy". Residents who don't usually partake in programs thoroughly enjoyed the music. They enjoyed that he played a variety of instruments (mandolin, Irish Pipers and the wooden little flute thing) and he did that for all six shows.
Mark was comfortable making his way around the room and interacting with the residents (especially those those on our dementia home are).Excellent song selection.
I hired Mark to perform as a final tribute for my Uncle, a WW2 vet and great man. He was accommodating and very personable and friendly. Very much appreciated by all who attended. Laurie
A huge thank you to Mark for making our wedding day so special. We wanted to surprise our family with traditional Scottish music and having Mark play for our guests as they arrived made the setting immediately beautiful and welcoming. As I arrived, my tears of joy immediately started as I heard him playing and saw him dressed so lovely. It was everything I wanted and more!! Thank you Mark so much for everything!!
Mark was more than just great, he helped get our wedding ceremony organized with the officiant and helped communicate with our bridal party for the walk down the aisle. I am more than grateful to have had such a wonderful person as part of our special day. Mark made our day that much more amazing, he played beautifully and all our guests loved the surprise of him playing.
Mark was not only on time but early and had looked at the venue and figured our where he was going to play for the ceremony. He made it so that I as the Bride had nothing to worry about but walking down the aisle. I would recommend him for any occasion and hope that everyone gets to enjoy his playing as much as our guests and our wedding party did. My now husband and I are so thankful for how amazing he was.
Mark was very professional, prompt, courteous and a first class person. He showed up before time, was prepared and remained until the end. Everyone was impressed by him. On a personal note, it was the finest sight to behold as the hearse drove in to the Resurrection Cemetery. My wife would have liked this very much. I will definitely call on him again for her celebration of life event. Thank you for this great service.
Mark did a great job as piper at our wedding. The venue was small and the pipes music "fit" the room very well.
We hired Mark to play at our wedding ceremony in May 2017, as a tribute to my late father and my families' Scottish roots! He was amazing! So professional, lovely music selections.
He looked and sounded great! He really made our wedding ceremony very memorable for us! Look no further and just hire this guy, he's a gem!
Mark was amazing
He did so well he made everyone cry!
With only one day's notice Mark performed at my Father's funeral. It was tremendously moving. He was always professional, whether making arrangements or dealing with 4 daughters. He was prompt, dressed in full regalia and fulfilled a wish of our Dad's. Our thanks go to him. The Conner Family
Piper played beautifully. He knew exactly when to start playing and was proactive in serving the ceremony. My only confusion came when I was quoted on the cost for roughly 30 minutes of playing and was told the night before that the piper would play five to ten minutes. Given that it was my Grandfather's funeral, I was in no mood to barter and just gave in.
Response from Piper/Celtic Musician, Music of the Highlands:
I am very sorry for the confusion Lindsay. There must have been some misunderstanding about the length. My conversation with the Funeral Director ,Minister and one of your family members before the service indicated a different scenario. My apologies.
Thank you Mark for your excellent communications, helpful suggestions, and beautiful heart felt playing. You added dimension and resonance to the Celebration of Dad's life.
It was a big hit and very easy to organize from 3000 miles away. It made her day very special.
Mark played the pipes and whistle beautifully at our father's burial. He was very sensitive to our needs and most helpful making the music selections. He really helped to make the occasion special for our family.
Our wedding was extra special because of our piper celtic musician Mark, the music he played was perfect, he was incredible. Our guest loved it and I am super happy with the way it turned out. I would definitely recommend him for your event!
The piping was stirring and added to our occasion beautifully. Many thanks.
I want to thank Mark for playing an integral part in making my daughters wedding perfect.
I recommend him to anyone and everyone.
Sincerely thank you.
If you're looking for a high class easy to work with Piper, Mark is definitely your guy!!! Thanks for adding such a wonderful element to our wedding day, we will treasure the Scottish joyful notes always!
Kim and Colin
Mark arrived early and piped our guests in to be seated. After I walked down the aisle and the vows he played a lovely flute while we signed the refisted and piped us out after we were married! He was fantastic!! I would highly recommend his services for any event!
Thank you so much Mark you made our wedding day that much more special!
Absolutely touching performance for a wake in the country. When I read his reviews I must admit I had very high expectations and was not prepared for Mark to exceed them but his talent and professionalism truly make him extraordinary. His repertoire of music and depth of talent on each instrument made the day very memorable for all those who attended.
Mark of Music of the Highlands was the perfect choice for our Memorial. It was an added bonus that he knew of my brother who was a piper. Mark was professional, personable, easy to work with, and adapted to our needs in the moment. He knew all the pieces I had asked for, played a variety of Celtic instruments, and had a very good intuition about other options. He is an excellent choice for a piper for any occasion.
I also recommend GigSalad. It is a very good service for bringing together musicians and people looking for them. Thank you.
Mark played beautifully for our son's wedding. He was very helpful suggesting appropriate music choices, arrived on time, piped outside the church before the ceremony in ridiculously hot weather, wearing the full regalia, piped the couple out of the church after the ceremony, and outside the church until the guests left. Great service and value. Couldn't ask for more!
Mike's playing made my mom's memorial.Everyone who attended was very deeply touched.
Although our event and the time we spent with Mark was short, he met our expectations. He was kind, professional, accommodating and played beautifully.
I would highly recommend him for any occasion to do with a piper or Celtic music.
"Thank you Mark, for making our last goodbyes to my grandmother a meaningful one through your music - I'm sure she loved it!"
Mark truly made our special day memorable with his vast arsenal of musical talents. He started the day by welcoming guests with some classy tenor mandola until the ceremony began. He piped the wedding party in and out of the ceremony and it was extremely impactful. Mark is great communicator and was a pleasure to work with. He's a professional and will ensure your event is one to remember. We wouldn't hesitate to utilize Mark again, a class act.
Mark was excellent. He called ahead to make sure of directions, he was on time and his performance was excellent. I asked if he would say a few words and present a couple of awards and he did so. He looked good and spoke well. I would definitely use Mark's services again and would recommend him to anybody.
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|October 14, 2019 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm||Birthday Party|
|October 19, 2019 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
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|August 14, 2019 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
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|April 03, 2018 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 15, 2018 • 11:30am - 1:00pm||Cultural Event|
|November 18, 2017 • 3:30pm - 3:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 01, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 28, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 12, 2017 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 22, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 03, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 12, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 06, 2017 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Engagement|
|March 31, 2017 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|February 25, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|January 25, 2017 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Dinner Party|
|January 21, 2017 • 7:30pm - 8:15pm||Dinner Party|
|January 17, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 06, 2016 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|November 27, 2016 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|October 23, 2016 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 06, 2016 • 11:00am - 11:45am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|September 16, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 11, 2016 • 2:30pm - 2:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|August 20, 2016 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 06, 2016 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 24, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 16, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 14, 2016 • 7:00pm - 7:15pm||Retirement Party|
|July 03, 2016 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 11, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 28, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 07, 2016 • 11:00am - 11:15am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|January 28, 2016||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 28, 2015||Dinner Party|
|November 08, 2015||Fundraiser|
|August 29, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 02, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 01, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 30, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 17, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 04, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 29, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 16, 2015||Birthday Party|
|February 28, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 25, 2015||Corporate Event|
|February 15, 2015||Funeral Service|
|October 19, 2014||Birthday Party|
|October 09, 2014||Funeral Service|
|August 16, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 02, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 01, 2014||Funeral Service|
|February 01, 2014||Wedding Reception|
|December 07, 2013||Birthday Party|
|August 02, 2013||Church Service|
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