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Booking process

I typically ask for a non-refundable deposit to guarantee the date against other inquiries/bookings. The deposit may be waived for short-notice bookings, but applies for any event more than a week out. I initiate the process by creating an invoice for the deposit. Once booked, I hold a consultation over phone or email (client's preference) where we discuss timing, tune selection, and next steps.

Forms of payment

I try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to accepting whatever method of payment is most convenient. The invoicing service I use allows for debit/credit card payments directly through the invoice although I accept several additional methods:

  • Deposits: checks, PayPal, Venmo, debit/credit cards, and Bitcoin

  • Balances due on the day of the event: cash, checks, PayPal, Venmo, debit/credit cards, and Bitcoin

Considerations for the venue

Is there a suitable place to warm-up and tune the bagpipes prior to the start of the event and is it meant to be a surprise? If it is a surprise, is the tuning location far enough away so as to not be heard?

Bagpipe tuning

As I play frequently, my tuning remains fairly consistent and allowing the pipes to be warmed-up and tuned within 10-15 minutes. Once tuned, the bagpipes should maintain their sound for a considerable time - however weather and environment conditions may require the pipes to be re-tuned.

Travel

I have traveled for events as far north as Mendocino, east as Auburn, and south as Santa Barbara. I am willing to travel, but for location outside of 20 miles I may charge an additional fee. I typically serve cities within the following California counties: Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.

Uniforming

I wear a modern band dress uniform which includes (head to toe):

  • glengarry with cap badge
  • Inverness cape (for outdoor events when raining)
  • jacket (depending on weather/occasion)
  • shirt (short or long-sleeved depending on the weather/occasion), vest and tie
  • kilt and sporran
  • hose socks and flashes
  • ghillie brogue shoes

Ensemble performances

Given enough notice and based on availability, I can typically arrange to have a group formed for an event. This could range from a couple pipers to a 'mini-band' of pipers and drummers. Feel free to bring this up in the consultation if you're interested in additional players.