Paul S. Palmer, Bagpiper
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Chicago-land Bagpipe Prices
cost for my services in the Chicago-land area starts at
charges may involve travel time, parking cost or number of performances required.
payment? Cash always makes me happy, business and funeral home checks,
OK. No personal checks, please. Future jobs (weddings) require a deposit, personal check, OK.
You can afford to hire the Best!
Don't wait to book me! I book weddings
sometimes a year in advance and funerals usually have only a few days
lead time. I can get several
calls for a Saturday funeral. The same is true for popular wedding
Most programs are 10 to 15 minutes of music depending
on the appropriateness of the situation or the embarrassment factor of
the recipient. The bagpipe stops the action. The recipient at a party is
frozen in time while the bagpiper is playing for them, everybody has to
stop and watch. It's not a background instrument! Rule of
thumb: ten minutes of bagpiping is perfect, twenty minutes is way
too much. Even on St. Paddy's day, 15 minutes at best.
I only want One Song!
What many bagpipe lovers don't realize is the bagpipe has to be played
in advance (warmed up) and kept tuned prior to playing as well as adequate travel time
to arrive early
plus the amount of time between playing, etc, etc. It's my experience from over 25 years of playing the
pipes, that few jobs are less than four hours total time. That's half a
Funerals, wakes and graveside services can include
1 to 6 tunes,
medleys of related tunes and often I am asked to play only "Amazing
I play Irish and Scottish music and always wear
the traditional Kilted outfit. I have played the bagpipe for many
recipients who were neither Irish nor Scottish, it is an instrument that
is universally recognized and quit a unique gift idea. Surprise someone
S. Palmer, playing on Fox Morning News, Chicago, March 17
Contact: Paul S. Palmer, Bagpiper