First allow me to say congratulations on your own future marriage, and thanks for taking into consideration the tradition, thrill and spectacle of using bagpipes for the wedding service music.
Having a piper at a wedding is an age-old custom. Bridal events were communicated in procession from their particular domiciles to your site for the wedding. These people were associated with pipers and a constant shooting of guns which kept off bad spirits and brought good luck to the few. Elements of these customs persist these days into the tying of cans and footwear on wedding car.
Another reason for their particular appeal at weddings also celebrations happens to be that by hiring only one musician you could get enough noise for several to enjoy (no amplification required) and they are perfect for outdoor ceremonies.
“The ritual usage of songs, song and dance is common to all communities… The wedding tunes invoked virility and fortune… it is often noted that the giving of favors because of the bride imbued fertility and it will come as no surprise to learn that it was the customized to link an item of the bride’s garter all over pipelines to share ‘fertility’ toward songs, for good luck.” (through the book “A Scottish Wedding, woo’ed an’ married an’ a’, an exploration of Scottish marriage traditions” by Gordon J. Mooney).
I regard becoming asked to execute at a marriage as an invitation to a sacred room. Each marriage I attend is an opportunity for me to uphold hundreds of years of personal, music and clan practices.
A quarter-hour before your service I start playing to captivate your invited guests because they arrive and take their seats. Traditionally this is to “wake within the town” and tell them some thing special had been about to happen (and to bless the space.) The tunes I perform are among the most popular and familiar (We have over 100 tunes dedicated to memory.) As soon as your wedding party is prepared the processional(s) I’ll go on to the rear of the congregation (this creates a nice remarkable pause and directs your guests’ attention.)
I will play any number of processional tunes eg for sitting of family members, the groom and groomsmen, and also for the bride’s maids after which a unique track when it comes to bride. (i love the custom for the piper preceding the bride along with her escort.) Right here we choose good melodic tunes being very easy to stroll to such as “Wedding March from Unst, ” “Flower of Scotland, ” and Highland Cathedral” (that was found in the kilted wedding ceremony scene into the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”)
Throughout the service we occasionally play an anthem like “Amazing Grace, ” frequently as a motion to individuals who have passed away and might perhaps not go to the wedding.
After the service, after the officiant presents you given that new few into the congregation, we start playing a bright tune for the recessional, like “Mari’s Wedding, “Murdo’s Wedding, ” or “Highland Wedding, ” and follow you through the congregation. I’ll continue playing for background music as you obtain your guests and pose for photos, and also to announce your arrival within reception; frequently with similar tune We utilized for the recessional.
There are certain tunes befitting the processionals and recessionals and they are all easily searchable online for noise samples or i could play all of them on my electric pipes with you on speakerphone. We can in addition satisfy personally naturally, if that’s convenient. Occasionally there will be a popular tune in brain for bride’s processional or recessional. If it is not a traditional pipe tune i could sometimes transpose it for bagpipes provided adequate lead time, but not all tunes translate to bagpipe because of the restricted scale associated with the tool. I’ve transcribed from “Commitment to Excellence” – the theme song for the Oakland Raiders – towards the motif from Star Wars.
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