Piping For Any Occasion: Have Pipes, Will Travel!
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Nothing focuses attention or makes your event as memorable as the skirl of the pipes provided by a kilted piper in formal highland dress.
Hi! this is Hal Cummings, and I can provide a special Celtic touch for your special occasion - whether or not it is one of the following:
Formal Military Dining-Out....Corporate Event...Store Opening
Product Launch......Sports Event......Fund Raiser
Anniversary....Birthday Party....Family Gathering
Funeral......Memorial Service...Scattering of Ashes
Whether you are planning a casual beach wedding, a formal dinner/ceremony, or a solemn funeral with full military honors, I have the appropriate attire and can assist you in selecting music that will suit the occasion.
For Non-Wedding performances:
$200 for first hour.
$75 for each additional hour.
Economy Package: $75 additional to above to also play outside while waiting for Bride and Groom to emerge, and while pictures are being taken.
Celtic Heritage Package: $75 additional to above to also play any number of tunes during the service (Processional, Recessional, etc.) ñ Any of my bagpipes can be played in conjuction with other instruments (often an organ or guitar for weddings), and the resulting music can be spectacular.
HalThePiperís Premium Package: $75 additional to above to play at the Reception. If you have done the math, this would be $425 to play before the Ceremony, During the Ceremony, After the Ceremony And for The Reception - but if you choose this option, the total will be $400. This option can involve: playing outside the Reception Venue with Bagpipes AND/OR playing inside during cocktail hour with ìSmallpipesî AND/OR Pipe the Bride and Groom into the Reception AND/OR play a Waltz for any of the Special Dances during the evening (e.g. ìEndearing Young Charmsî) AND/OR do a performance after dinner which would include fast, catchy tunes to encourage dancing.
A few comments about the sound volume of a bagpipe, and whether bagpipes are suitable indoors. I have played successfully inside many churches. Sometimes I play in the choir loft - that can be convenient if an organist is there - we can coordinate easily. In each instance, I have received positive feedback from the brides, grooms, and their families. Inside, in a small room/space, or a room with low ceilings the big pipes will be too loud unless it's in a packed bar at St. Patrick's Day - there the crowd noise can almost drown out a bagpipe! In small rooms, when we want people to be able to have conversation (e.g. cocktail hour etc.), that is the perfect time for using a smallpipe which is similar in sound volume to a clarinet/sax (I also have an electronic bagpipe called a DegerPipe - it can be hooked up to a speaker, and will play at any volume, in any key that is desired). So, if you want a Celtic flavor to the music at a ceremony or reception, it can be delivered Live and In Person, at any sound level you want!
An extra fee may also apply to cover transportation expenses outside of the greater Washington D.C./Baltimore area. If you require a pipe and drum ensemble, I can arrange that. Would you like a performance by a Highland, or Irish dancer? For additional information on rates for your special occasion email me or call
My piping background:
I am a piper with strong ties to the Navy and the Naval Academy. I graduated from USNA in 1971 (was a member of the Chapel Choir), and taught Weapons and Systems Engineering courses there from 1985 to 1989, retiring from the Navy in 1991.
I began studying piping as a member of the Bermuda Rifles Cadet Corps Pipe Band in 1959. I played in that band until 1962, when my father, who was serving as the Base Chaplain for the U.S. Naval Station in Bermuda, was transferred to the Washington D.C. area.
From 1962 until 1965, I studied Piping with Sandy Jones, who became Pipe Major of the Air Force Pipe Band. During that time I played with several groups that Sandy sponsored, and did solo work, and piping for Highland Dancing performances. In addition, I took music and voice lessons from members of the Navy Band.
In 1966, I studied and played pipes with the Edinburgh Academy pipers.
I only met one other piper at the Naval Academy, and we played for the occasional USNA meal formation. Until after I retired from the Navy, I played mostly for my own amusement, and did some occasional informal solo work.
During the summers of 2004 and 2010, I attended the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming with Sandy Jones.
Currently, I live in Annapolis Maryland, and play as a member and occasional soloist with the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums. In addition I perform on my own at weddings, corporate functions, private parties, and church services. I play pipes in Oloughlin's Pub in Arnold, MD on St. Patrick's Day.
HalThePiper Tune Request List
When Irish Eyes are Smiling
The Dawning Of The Day
Black Velvet Band
Wearing of the Green
My Wild Irish Rose
St. Patrickís Day
God Save Ireland
Irish Jig (Irish Washerwoman)
Endearing Young Charms
Cockles and Mussels
Let Erin Remember
On Erin's Shore (Paddyís Gr. Shamrock Shores)
Back to Donegal
Men of The West
Fields of Athenrye
Soldier's Song (Irish National Anthem)
A Nation Once Again
Cadence to Arms (a la Dropkick Murphys)
She Moved Through the Fair
The Gypsy Rover
Mist Covered Mountain
Wild Mountain Thyme
The Crusaderís March
Twenty Men from Dublin Town
Rakes of Mallow
The Bard of Armagh (Streets of Laredo)
The Pikemanís March (The Halting March)
Mountains of the Mourne
Simple Gifts (As per Lord of the Dance/RiverDance)
The Water is Wide (When the Pipers Play)
Meeting Of The Waters
Itís a Long Way to Tipperary
Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
Paddyís Leather Britches
Notre Dame Fight Song
Wreck of the Ed. Fitz. (Back Home in Derry)
The Congress Reel
The Swallow Tail Coat
The Gravel Path
Theme fm Last of The Mohicans (The Gael)
Theme from The Mission (Gabriel's Oboe)
Hail to the Redskins
Navy Blue and Gold
The Marine Corps Hymn
Jolly Beggarman (Red Haired Boy)
The Girl I left Behind
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Wild Blue Yonder
Cuttin' Bracken (March & Jig)
Crossing the Minch
Train Journey North
Iíll Take You Home Kathleen
A Sodgerís Return
Scotland The Brave aka Cadence to Arms
Farewell to the Creeks
The Siege of Delhi
The Earl of Mansfield
Captain Norman Orr Ewing
Bonnie Banks of Galloway
Ye Jacobites by Name
The Battle of Killiecrankie
Bluebells of Scotland
Morag of Dunvegan
I Am a Young Man
The Battle's O'er
The Battle of Waterloo
Road to Grandfather
It's Lonely at Night in the Bothy
Desert Storm (Hornpipe)
Green Hills of Tyrol
Loudonís Bonnie Woods and Braes
Garden's of Skye
Piper of Drummond
Lord Lovat's Lament
Dr. McInnes's Fancy
Because He Was a Bonnie Lad
The Kilt is My Delight
Scots Whaí Haeí
The Flower of Scotland
Hector The Hero
Sky Boat Song
The Flowers of the Forest
Abide With Me
Suo Gan (Welsh Air in Empire of The Sun)
Auld Lang Syne
The Bridal March (Wagner)
The Prince of Denmark's March
Boogie Woogie Piper (a la Seamus Kennedy)
We Will Rock You
Star Wars & Darth Vader Theme
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
It's a Long Way to the Top (a la AC/DC)
Jesus Christ Super Star
Oh When the Saints
Sgt. McKenzie (from the We Were Soldiers)
The Mansions of the Lord (from We Were Soldiers)
Andy Renwick's Ferret
Rocky Road To Dublin
Shipping Up To Boston (from The Departed)
Dances With Wolves Movie Theme
Call to Glory
Misty Seaport: A Salute to Annapolis
Annapolis, I'm Glad I'm Homeward Bound
Freedom It Ain't Free
Thank You From a Grateful Nation
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