Rates and Booking Info

The rate I charge is not necessarily based on the amount of time I perform but rather my experience, musically quality, and professionalism. My background is in solo and pipe band competition that has taken me all over the world – including competing in highest level in pipe bands and having studied under several top Pipe Majors. You can get cheaper, but you won't always be guaranteed the quality.

I charge by the event, not by the hour. Like most hired musicians, a wedding ceremony and a wedding reception are considered to be two separate events and are quoted accordingly. In the same fashion, a funeral service and a graveside service are also considered separate events. A discount is offered for playing both.

Because every wedding is different, I can give a quote based on your wedding once I have the details. However, I do realize that in the planning process having a general idea of what a piper would cost is important.

- WEDDINGS -
Wedding ceremony: $250
Wedding ceremony + Reception: $350
$50 for rehearsals or any other commitment outside of main event.
Travel fee: see below

- FUNERALS -
Service: $200
Service + Graveside: $250
Travel fee: see below

- CHURCH SERVICES -
Service (typical 1 hour service): $125
Travel fee: see below

- TRAVEL FEE -
There are no travel fees for events in the Wooster area (15 mile radius calculated from the U.S. Post Office in Wooster, OH). There will be a travel fee for any event outside that area. A fee of $50 will be added if the event is 16-30 miles away.

- INCLEMENT WEATHER -
It is important to note that there are occasions when I have the right to refuse playing outside. These situations include harm to my pipes or me and involve extremes in weather (tornado-like conditions, etc.).

- DEPOSIT -
For all engagements except funerals or other last-minute events I require a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold a date.

- PAYMENT METHODS -
I accept cash or check. I require final payment on the day of the event and prior to playing. I have unfortunately experienced the awkwardness of trying to track down the payment after a very emotional funeral. So, I respectfully ask that you “pay the piper” before the event starts. Thank you.