Funerals, Memorials, and Celebrations of Life
Few instruments can match the powerful reverence and soul of the bagpipes, so it's no surprise that pipes continue to be a common tradition at memorials, funerals, Celebrations of Life and Irish wakes. It truly is a humbling and profound experience.
Piper Jonas always strives to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible so more time can be spent with friends and family instead of planning the logistics of the service.
In addition to private memorials, Piper Jonas also has experience performing for Memorial Day events and 9/11 Remembrance services.
Funerals and graveside services
If the service takes place outside, one common request is to have the bagpiper play as the hearse and guests arrive onsite. Likewise, the bagpiper can play at the beginning to start the service or at the end as flowers are placed or the casket is lowered. The bagpiper can be positioned nearby or played within eyesight from a distance so the pipes can be heard on the air.
memorials, wakes, and Celebrations of Life Services
Memorials, wakes, and celebrations of life can differ from funeral and graveside services as the music can more appropriately range from traditional, reverent tunes (i.e. in the strain of Amazing Grace) to uplifting and lively (even joyful). Similar to funerals - the most commonly requested time for the piper to play is as guests arrive, piping at a certain point during the service, or as part of the closing.
Memorial and funeral tunes can vary depending on the desired atmosphere you're looking to achieve. Funeral and graveside services tend to feature slower, reverent tunes like Amazing Grace or Bells of Dunblane whereas memorial services, Irish wakes, and Celebrations of Life can include a mixture of slow and upbeat tunes. If you know the type of mood you're looking to set, Piper Jonas can offer recommendations on the music selection to match. Interested in learning more? Visit the tunes page to find the most commonly requested memorial and funeral tunes.