Funerals and Memorials
The pipes, the pipes are calling...
There is something in the sound of the bagpipes that evokes our deepest emotions
when we hear it. The same sound can be either exhilarating or deeply moving depending
upon what tune or tunes are being played. Over the years, I have had countless people
tell me that they want the bagpipes played at their funeral, often requesting the
tune Amazing Grace
. It is gratifying to me when I am able to honor their
last request by providing this service.
For a list of suggested tunes for funeral and memorial music, please see my Repertoire Page
The bagpiper may play outside the church to call mourners together for the service.
The bagpiper can play a special piece during the service. If you would like to preserve
a quieter and softer mood, the Scottish Smallpipes
may be played. The Smallpipes are not as loud as the Highland Bagpipes and are ideal
The bagpiper may play outside the church as mourners are leaving the service.
When playing graveside, the bagpiper can play as the mourners arrive and until the
deceased is carried to their final resting place. The family often requests a special
tune, usually Amazing Grace, at some point during the graveside service.
After the service as the mourners are moving back to their vehicles, the bagpiper
can play Going Home and other soulful melodies.
Playing the bagpipes outside a church in Decatur, GA
Photo courtesy of Nutei Lalhmingmawii
The College Park Police Pipes and Drums at the Georgia State Capitol building on
Peace Officer Memorial Day (May 15th).
Courtesy of Warren Bond Jr. and Warren Bond Photography