My name is Bill Spivey and I've been playing the bagpipes for 16 years. I've had the pleasure of studying under the direction of Sir Adrian Melvin of Dundee Scotland. I currently serve as the Pipe Major and piping instructor for the "Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums" pipe band in Dubuque Iowa. I am 61 years old, and have been retired for 7 years (Caterpillar Machinist), which has allowed me the luxury of devoting more time to playing, teaching, and enjoying the Great Highland Bagpipes. My full time job now is playing the bagpipes at funerals, weddings, parties, as well as teaching the Great Highland Bagpipes.
Galena IL., Dubuque IA., Rockford IL., Wisconsin, Dyersville IA.
Bill from Spivey Bagpiping was terrific! Communicated well - and was on time and performed beautifully!!! Really made a special wedding day even more special!! All the guests commented on what a great touch his playing added to the day!!
Thank you so much Bill!!!
Bill was most professional and fun at the same time. He specifically did something very unique for me, the Husband to be, way off course, then did an even greater gift for my wife to be. There is not a better man/Bagger around. From the base of me heart! THANK YOU!
Price Range: $200 - $500
Gig Length: 10 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
I usually arrive an hour early to coordinate any logistic details to make sure everything goes as planed. I am always a phone call , text , or email away anytime from the booking date up to the time to play.
My name is Bill Spivey and I've been playing the bagpipes for 15 years. I've had the pleasure of studying under the direction of Sir Adrian Melvin of Dundee Scotland. I currently serve as the Pipe Major and piping instructor for the "Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums" pipe band in Dubuque Iowa. I am 60 years old, and have been retired for 6 years which has allowed me the luxury of devoting more time to playing, teaching, and enjoying the Great Highland Bagpipes. My full time job now is playing the bagpipes at funerals, weddings, parties, as well as teaching the Great Highland Bagpipes. If you hire me to play at your event, I'll do my best to see that your wishes and instructions are carried out as you wish.
Weddings - The Great Highland Bagpipe can be a wonderful way to add a Celtic flavor to your wedding. The first thing you should know, however, is that there is no such thing as a "Traditional Scottish Wedding". I have played bagpipes for hundreds of weddings and each and every wedding I have done has been unique. You should utilize the bagpipes when and where you think it is most appropriate - after all, it is your wedding. I am always happy to help make suggestions and work with the bride to make sure the wedding day events are perfect.
Funerals - There is something in the sound of the bagpipes that evokes our deepest emotions when we hear it. The sound of the bagpipe is probably most associated with funeral services and the song "Amazing Grace." The bagpipe adds a solemn and dignified touch to the funeral ceremony and can communicate a sense of closure. There is no doubt that the mournful and soulful sounds of the bagpipe release the emotions that are held inside.
With the nature and timing of this type of service I can be available on short notice. I have played at a wide variety of memorials including church services, graveside ceremonies, wakes, and even at people's homes.
Other Occasions - The Bagpipes can be played at just about any occasion. Over the years I have played at a wide variety of events ranging from Birthday Parties, Golf Tournaments, School Events, Retirements, New Years Eve, Christmas Parties, Wine Tastings, Pub Crawls, 9/11 memorials, and Parades.
Additional Booking Notes
I'm very easy to work with. No sound system required.
Past Booked Events
|June 09, 2018 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 24, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Home|
|November 23, 2017 • 1:00pm - 11:00pm||At home for Thanksgiving|
Billy’s Tunes (not limited to these)
America the Beautiful
Angles we Heard on High
Air Force Song
Auld Lang Syne
The Battle’s Over
Blue Bells of Scotland
The Bridal March (aka: Wedding March)
The Brown Haired Maiden
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Crags of Tumbledown
Flower of Scotland
God Bless America
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
God Save the Queen
Grand Old Flag / Yankee Doodle
The Green Hills of Tyrol
Hills of Argyll
Irish Eyes are Smiling
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Love me Tender
Marines Corps Hymn
The Minstrel Boy
Mull of Kintyre
Notre Dame Fight Song
O Come all ye Faithful
Ode to Joy
Rakes of Mallow
The Rose of Allandale
Scots Wha Hae
Scotland the Brave
Skye Boat Song
Song for the Smallpipes
St. Patrick’s Day
Star of the County Down
Star Wars Theme
Wearing of the Green
When the Pipers Play (The Water is Wide)
(O Waly, Waly) (When I survey the wondrous cross)
When the Battle’s Over
The Clumsy Lover
Influences & Inspiration
I have studied under Adrian Melvin, Alasdair Gillies, Brian Donaldson, Willie McCallum, Mahrla Manning, Scot Walker, Nicholas Hudson, Donald McBride, and well as other great friends and instructors. I have also served as Pipe Sargent, Pipe Major, and instructor for The Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums.
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