I have been playing the bagpipes for over 30 years and started when I was 9 years old. I have had the privilege to travel all over the world and play at many events and functions. I take great pride in the standard of my turnout and playing and believe that I must always strive to deliver my absolute best at all times, my playing at your event becomes part of your memories and I can't afford to supply a bad memory for my clients.
Where it all began!
I had wanted to learn the bagpipes from the age of 6 and finally got to start learning the bagpipes at 9 years old with a local band. It was here that I was taught the basics and developed my passion for the Great Highland Bagpipe. I spent many happy years with this band learning my craft and travelling around the country to play with the band. At the age of 17, I decided to join the army and I became a member of the world famous pipes and drums of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch.
What came next?
During my time in the army I was lucky enough to travel all over the world playing with the band as well doing my day job as a soldier. I was extremely lucky to have chosen one of the army's premier pipe bands to serve with and recieved world class instruction from them which further developed my skills and abilities. As an army piper I was chosen to take part in many high profile events, the highlights of those events would be playing for the Royal family and various other international heads of state at official functions, the Edinburgh military tattoo, North American tour and the hand over of Hong Kong to name but a few. During my time as an Army piper I passed the class 1 pipers course which was a pre requisit for being put forward for the army Pipe Majors course. Being an army piper in one of the worlds premier proffesional pipe bands gave me an excellent grounding in performing at many types of events and I believe my experience allows me to provide my clients with an unrivalled service.
After the army.
After leaving the army, I returned to the band that had taught me and very soon after I was asked to be their pipe major. The band had suffered over the years and was not in a healthy state, we set to work to rebuild the band. Over the next few years I strted to teach new pipers and the membership grew steadily and we managed to get the band back on the competition field. I have played at most of the official major championships, including the World pipe band championships, the European championships and the British championships and was keen to take my band to these events, we managed to attend some of the major championships as well as many local competitions and we were able to pick up aprize or two along the way. As well as playing in competition with the band, I also attended local solo piping competitions and was lucky enough to have held the North West England solo piping championship. Afterr 8 years with my childhood band, I decided a change was required and was asked to teach a local cadet band, some of my cadets went on to play at high profile events themselves and some even followed in my footsteps to take up a piping career in the armed forces. Shortly after getting involoved with the cadets I was invited to be Pipe Major of another well known local band, although I am no longer the Pipe Major of that band, I still take an active part in the teaching and direction of the band.
My experiences from the age of 9 allows me to confidently provide a professional service to any event type. Having experienced this high level of performance, I am able to offer a professional service from the standard of turn out to quality of playing for your event. I pride myself on providing a quality performance every time, I have a number of tartans in both full dress and less formal options. I am confident that whatever the occasion I can provide a performance to suit.
Below is a selection of some of the countries I have visited to play my pipes and some of the high profile events I have taken part in:-
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1996, 1997, 1998, 2014)
Tour of New Zealand (1997)
Piping for the Normandy veterans on their annual return to France (2012, 2013, 2014)
The Basel Tattoo (2015)
The Berlin Tattoo (2016)
The Malta Military Tattoo (2017)
Tour of North America (1994, 1998)
The Hong Kong Rugby sevens (1996)
The Hand over of Hong Kong (1997)
Kirklees Festival of Remebrance (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017, 2018)
Contries I have played in:-
All over the UK
Lia-Jay Holmes• Dec. 31, 2020
Andrew was a lovely man and communication was great throughout, his arrival was prompt. We had a very special evening surprising a relative. Great price & superb skills on the pipes. Thank you Andrew! Well worth booking!
Maria Fox• Dec. 15, 2020
Very touching, beautiful bagpipes really recommend 100% .
Very pleasant guy, will use him again .
Maria & family.
Marian rushton• Dec. 9, 2020
My family and I booked Andrew to play at a family members funeral. He was outstanding!
Thankyou so much for a perfect performance, I’m sure our dad/grandad/husband would have been looking down with the biggest smile!
Carol Buchanan• Oct. 31, 2020
Andrew was very good at communicating. He contacted me to discuss a playlist and get details. He arrived early to check out the venue and kept our surprise right till he arrived on the drive already playing. It was fantastic! Our neighbour who is a musician said he was an excellent player. He was very reasonably priced and I would definitely recommend him.
Lesley ewen• Oct. 29, 2020
He was very helpful and contacted me straight away. Andrew went through all the details and was there on time and did a good service.
Stephen Boardman• Oct. 28, 2020
Brilliant. Communication excellent from second i booked. Turned out immaculately and played perfectly. Highly Recommended.
Services From Andrew Brian, Highland Wedding Bagpiper
Birthday / Anniversary piper
Experienced Highland Bagpiper For Funerals
Experienced Ex-Forces Piper For Dinner Nights Or Military Mess Nights
Civil wedding ceremony or wedding and reception
Experienced Bagpiper For Burns Night
How long do you play for?
Most requirements for a piper are for short performances during certain parts of the events. Due to the volume of the instrument, I wouldn't typically play for anymore than 10 minutes at a time.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
PA and lighting isn't required for my act
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
I am fully insured
How much space do you require?
Just a room to get changed in at most. Not always required and dependant on the job type
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
Given enough notice and if it is a piece that can be played properly on the pipes, then yes.
I play most traditional and popular bagpipe music. I am available to hire for Weddings, parties, Funerals and most other types of functions.
The following is a selection of my repertior, I do have other tunes that may be unfamiliar to non piping people. If you don't see your
favourite, please get in touch, I do have an extensive library and can usually source and learn most bagpipe tunes.
Cock of the North
Hector the Hero
Mull of Kintyre
The Cradle song
The Dark Isle
The Flower of Scotland
The Leaving of Liverpool
The Mingualy boat song
The Mist covered mountains
The Sky boat song
These are my mountains
We're no awa tae bide awa
Flowers of the Forrest
Sleep Dearie Sleep
Abide with me
Oft the Stilly Night
Donald MacLean of Lewis
Farewell to the Creeks
King George the V's Army
Liberton pipe band
Lord Lovat's lament
Scotland the Brave
The 25th KOSB's farewell to Meerut
The Atholl Highlanders
The Barren Rocks of Aden
The Bathgate Highland games
The Battle of the Somme
The Battle of Waterloo
The Black bear
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie
The Crags of tumble down mountain
The Green Hills of Tyrol
The Heights of Dargai
The Road to the Isles
The Rose of Allendale
The Roses of Prince Charlie
The Rowan Tree
The Steam boat
When the Battle's O'er
Ye jacobites by name
Auld Lang Syne
A Man's a man for a that
My Love she's but a Lassie yet
Corn rigs are bonnie
Ye Banks and Braes
Will ye no come back again
Ae fond Kiss