Bruce Wright has played
bagpipes for many high-profile events in central
North Carolina, including the opening ceremonies
for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor
Speedway, graduation services at the University
of North Carolina, the opening of the 5-star
Umstead Hotel in Cary, the annual Children's
Christmas Eve service at Duke University Chapel
in Durham, the annual "12 Days of Christmas"
Scottish dinner at the Carolina Inn in Chapel
Hill, and many other events such as Burns
suppers, charity events, church services, St.
Patrick's Day celebrations, golf tournaments,
country club dinners, private parties, and
business functions, as well as weddings and
been playing the pipes for over 25 years and has
studied piping under several of the most
prominent piping instructors in North America,
including Sandy Jones (former Pipe Major of the
US Air Force Pipe Band and former Director of
Piping at the Citadel in Charleston, SC), Colin
MacLellan (Winner of the Gold Medal and the
Clasp, two of piping's highest awards), and Ed
Neigh (Former Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Guelph
Pipe Band from Ontario, Canada). Bruce was the
Pipe Major (Director) of the City of Oaks Pipe
Band in Raleigh for over 10 years, and is
currently the piping instructor for the North
Carolina State University Pipes and Drums Grade
4 band. He currently plays with the NCSU Pipes
and Drums Grade 3 (upper-level) band.
available for weddings, funerals, private
parties, and all other events that would be
enhanced by the pipes.
Some of the popular pipe tunes for
weddings include Mairi's Wedding, Murdo's
Wedding, Rab's Wedding, Highland Wedding,
Highland Cathedral, or many others of your
choice. If you have anything specific in
mind, or just want more ideas, please ask.
For funerals, frequent traditional
selections are Amazing Grace, Shall We Gather at
the River, Just As I Am, Abide With Me, Going
Home, Flowers of the Forest, Lochaber No More,
Oft in the Stilly Night, and more. Many (though
not all) popular hymns can be played on the
pipes, so if you or the deceased have a
favorite, just ask.
For parties and special occasions,
there are many possibilities, including an
almost inexhaustible number of bagpipe marches
And of course, for any and all of the
above, the ever-popular favorite, Amazing Grace.
For occasions for which you want more
than one piper (or a whole band), please look at
the web page for the N.
C. State University Pipes and Drums. With
sufficient advance notice, several pipers or
even the whole band may be available for your
event - please ask! We are also often able
to provide one or more dancers.
You don't need to be Scottish or Irish
to enjoy the music of the pipes!