Piper JD Ingraham
I've been playing bagpipes since 2002 and am rated by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association as a Grade II player. I have performed for every type of event from ocean-side funerals to festivals attended by British royalty. I am also available for lessons on the bagpipes; services as bugle player; and educational/speaking engagements about Scotland, bagpipes, and Scotch Whisky. I own three kilts and multiple uniforms, allowing me to customize my dress to match the event I'm playing for - everything from a barefoot barn fests to black tie ceremonies with VIPs.
I play traditional Celtic music to suit any mood, and am happy to to work with you to provide the best possible set list of tunes for your event. For smaller indoor events I can switch the great highland bagpipe out for lowland small pipes that are quieter. If desired, I am comfortable discussing bagpipes, Celtic music, and related traditions in front of a large audience for educational and cultural events.
I began piping in the wake of 9/11 after having seen many pipers performing on TV. At the time I also played trumpet, and I continued playing both instruments in the Knoxville, TN area for 5 years. I had opportunities to play both instruments with university music ensembles while in college. Over the course of my piping career I've become a very successful competitive player and I now serve as Pipe Major for the Charleston Pipe Band. I offer bugle services (taps, service hymns, etc) as a secondary addition to piping performances. I have also begun offering Scotch whisky education, tastings, and toasts, if you would like a special addition to your celebration.
Notable in my history on the bagpipes would be: lessons with Pipe Major Sandy Jones (who played at JFK's funeral), opening for and playing with Gaelic Storm (the traditional Irish band from Titanic's "Party in 3rd Class"), ceremonial duties for VIP events including British Royals and members of the US Executive Branch, and leading "Amazing Grace" at the City of Charleston Vigil for the Emmanuel 9.