AtlantaBagpiper.com Majestic Bagpipe Wedding Music

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Photo by: www.TomSmarch.com, taken at gorgeous Chateau Elan.

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(and free sample music files below)

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Photo by: www.Wittmayer.com.  Patrick Hagan plays the magnificent pipe organ at Saint Phillips Cathedral Episcopal Church in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.
Bradford Beaton:  Started playing bagpipes at age 14 and has over 30 years experience. Has competed successfully as a solo piper at many highland games such as Dallas, Grandfather Mountain, Stone Mountain, Charleston, and Savannah. Has played and competed in several excellent bagpipe bands such as Dallas and Grandfather Mountain. Has played hundreds of weddings in Columbia, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia over the last 20 years. Also has played many other types of engagements including funerals, golf course events, parties, etc. Very experienced and qualified to tune the bagpipes to play in harmony with church pipe organs (and to other instruments). Photos at left include Brad Beaton and son, Daniel Beaton, now serving in the Marine Corps.
Some free video clips of me playing at 2  weddings and the Athens Robert Burns celebration are also available to view at YouTube.com by clicking on the following pictures:

  http://YouTube.com/watch?v=7PuVoYnhcbU

Free table of sample tunes below (sample tunes are not full length.)
To book me to play at your wedding, please see the booking procedure toward the bottom of this webpage.  

The following is a table of tune samples and some suggestions of when to use those tunes.  Just double click on the tune name to hear the sample.  Several of these recordings were actually taped at weddings, rather than recorded in a studio.
For a fee of $10, paid by PayPal to KiltRent@gmail.com, or by check to "Brad Beaton" to the address at the bottom of this email, I'll email a link to these full tunes, including the "Here Comes The Bride" pipe/organ duet audio.

Favorite Piece When Why
Highland Cathedral Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Highland Cathedral Duet with Organ Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Hyferdol ("Love Divine") Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Hyferdol ("Love Divine") Pipe Duet Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Amazing Grace Pipe Duet Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Amazing Grace Duet with Organ Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Shenandoah Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Shenandoah Pipe Duet Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Here Comes The Bride Processional Stately, solemn, non-traditional for the pipes
Here Comes The Bride Duet with Organ Processional Stately, solemn, non-traditional for the pipes
The Gift of Love Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with organ/piano
Ode to Joy (slow, stately) Processional/Interlude Stately, solemn, harmony with pipes & organ/piano
Ode to Joy (upbeat) Recessional Happy, upbeat, well known, harmony w/ other instruments
Scotland the BraveSet Recessional Upbeat march, catchy tune the congregation will enjoy
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling / Minstrel Boy / Wearing O' The Green Processsional / Recessional / Reception Upbeat march, catchy tunes the congregation will enjoy
The Ash Grove Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with pipes & organ/piano
Skye Boat Song Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with pipes & organ/piano
The Flower of Scotland Interlude Stately, solemn, has harmony with pipes & organ/piano
Mari's Wedding Recessional Upbeat march, catchy tune the congregation will enjoy
High Road to Gareloch / Brown Haired Maid Recessional Upbeat march, catchy tune the congregation will enjoy
Green Hills / Battle's Oer Recessional Upbeat retreat, similart to many other retreats
Banjo Breakdown / Paddy's Leather Breeches Reception Jigs, good for dancing Irish and Scottish jigs.
Band March Medley (Solo) Recessional / Reception Upbeat marches: PM R. Martin, Flett from Flotta, Jimmy Findlater
Band Medley With Snare Drum Recessional / Reception Above upbeat marches with drummer (Jay Hayden).
Notre Dame Fight Song Before Driving Away Played for Catholic / Navy wedding on day of Notre Dame vs. Navy  ;-)
Longueval (a waltz) Reception Good for dancing a waltz at the reception (picture below)
Marines Hymn Recessional/Reception My son Daniel graduated boot camp 12/3/2005 Uh-Rah
Caison Song  Recessional/Reception Often played at Army weddings
The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You Recessional/Reception Don't mess with Texas; all the livelong day!
Happy Birthday Song Reception / Birthdays "Happy Birthday To You,  Happy Birthday To You...."
Nearer My God To Thee Interlude/Memorial This is often played at memorial services.
Come Thou Font of Every Blessing Interlude/Memorial This is often played at memorial services.
Danny Boy Memoial / Graveside "Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling...."

For a fee of $10, paid by PayPal to KiltRent@gmail.com, or by check to "Brad Beaton" to the address at the bottom of this email, I'll email a link to these full tunes, including the "Here Comes The Bride" pipe/organ duet audio.

To book me to play at your wedding, please see the booking procedure toward the bottom of this webpage.  

The bagpipe is an ancient, beautiful instrument. It is a rich symbol of Celtic heritage which has been played at special occasions in my family through countless generations. My father and grandfather played, as mentioned in the following article that appeared on the front page of "The State" newspaper of South Carolina on July 19, 1993 (center picture, below). The first picture shows my grandfather, Joseph Beaton, as a young talented piper from Nova Scotia.  He immigrated to Boston and raised a family, including my father, Ronald Beaton. The middle picture shows (left to right) my son Daniel, myself, and my father.  

On my 8th birthday, which was on Christmas day, Grandpa Joseph Beaton gave me a toy bagpipe, and I can remember observing with endless fascination as he played "The Brown Haired Maiden" and "Crossing the Minch" on his pipes in the basement at 15 Boynton Road, Medford Massachusetts.  When I was 12 years old Grandpa Beaton passed away and we inherited his bagpipes.  He had planted the seeds of interest, and Dad gave me a chanter and a book, and got me started on the chanter.  A few months later we moved to Dallas where Pipe Major Robert Forbes accepted me as a student.  Robert Forbes was a former WWII Spitfire pilot from Edinburgh, and a great mentor for me, and I will always be grateful for his leadership, teaching, and service.  During the summers of my teenage years, Robert Forbes would bring over some of the best pipers in Scotland to teach for a week at a piping school set up in Lake Highlands High School.  Seaumas MacNeil always came to teach, along with others such as Duncan Johnstone and Dr. John Burgess.   As a young adult, I moved to Columbia, South Carolina and began going to the North American Academy of Piping for one week sessions during the summer to take lessons from Sandy Jones.  My parents were in the same pipe band with Sandy in Spokane Washington when Sandy was a teenager.  In Columbia I started a pipe band and taught several beginner students, including my good friend Billy DuBose.  Billy DuBose now leads the Palmetto Pipes and Drums based in Columbia, and has become a very accomplished piper.  During those years, I took Daniel several times up to the  North American Academy of Piping.  Daniel started playing the pipes with me at the age of 11 (pictured far right).  My sons Stephen and Joshua will also be attending Sandy's fine school for the second year, and they are also set to compete at various band and solo competitions throughout this year in the Southeast.
 

Everyone who saw the movie "Braveheart" will remember bagpipes at the wedding of William Wallace and his beautiful bride. More recently, you may remember the highland bagpipes at Madonna's wedding (and also more recently at Ashley Judd's) in Scotland at Skibo Castle in Dornoch.

This picture was taken by a family member at the wedding of Holly McGahee and Aaron Bogatay on April 23rd, 2005 at Woodmont Golf Club in Canton.  The ceremony concludes, the bride and groom are introduced, and the Bridal Party and guests recess to "Scotland the Brave" and other upbeat marches, jigs, and hornpipes.  Here, the pipes were also used as a processional prelude.  A wonderful harp also played at this wedding.
Later, Holly wrote: "Aaron and I were very grateful that you could join us on our wedding.  You helped us bring my Scottish heritage into this wonderful day.  I will never forget the smile on my dad's face when the music of the pipes rang out.  My husband and I appreciate your willingness and eagerness to help make this moment truly magical."

Another recent example of pipes playing at a momentous family occasion was the funeral of the great golfer, Payne Stewart. The Highland bagpipes were perfectly tuned and played. The evening news captured the magical moment as the piper walked into the mist, leaving his footprints in the dewy grass, as the rich tones of the tune "Going Home" floated across the green.

Pictures on right above, Jay Hayden added more rhythm and crispness playing the snare drum during the processional and recessional in this beautiful wedding at Chateau Elan. For a larger image of this wedding, click on the image. (Photos by: www.TomSmarch.com)Rachel wrote: "We wanted to thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day such a special and unique event.  You and the drummer did a wonderful job playing so beautifully.  We know you really touched a lot of our guests.  There has always been a certain something about a well played bagpipe that touches a chord in people.  It was fantastic having you play in our wedding and my only regret is that we didnít book you to play in more parts of the wedding.  You can bet that we will be calling you again for our next event.  Much Love,   Rachel and Duncan N."

The bagpipe is a musically complex instrument that has evolved over several millennia. An ancestor to the highland bagpipes is even mentioned in the Old Testament (Daniel 3:5), being played in a processional. When you hear the sound of the highland bagpipes, you are actually listening to four musical reeds. A double tongued reed in the chanter provides the musical melody when the piper fingers the notes. The bass and two tenor drones (on the piper's shoulder) each contain a single tongued reed. Keeping four reeds in tune with one another takes a good ear, well maintained pipes, knowledge of reed adaptation, and, of course, lots of experience. Playing four reeds simultaneously can also be somewhat physically demanding. However, the four reeds can provide a rich depth of harmonic tones.

After meeting me and listening to me play, Brian and Angela flew me down to Jekyll Island to play at their wedding.  I played outdoors as quests were seated, and for the processional and recessional.  At the reception, I taught waltz lessons in the hall (for no additional charge :-) and played waltzes for the bride and groom, the bride and her father, and the groom and his mother.  It was a lot of fun, and a good time was had by all!  Brian wrote, "Angela and I wanted to tell you that you did an absolutely amazing job at our wedding! You were the absolute highlight of the wedding, second only to the ceremony. Your bagpiping immediately brought several people, including me, to tears. Countless people told us how much they loved your bagpiping.  You did a fantastic job listening and fulfilling our wishes flawlessly. You are truly blessed with a gift. Your professionalism was noticed and appreciated by all who were involved and attended. Angela and I thank you again for being a major part of one of the happiest days of our lives! We look forward to enjoying your music again soon! Thanks again!  Brian and Angela W.

Properly played, the pipes are uniquely capable of connecting with a person's ancient heritage. I've often said, "If there is a drop of Celtic blood in your veins, the pipes will find it." An appropriate selection of majestic music creates deep feelings of awe and reverence. We are reminded of God's guiding hand in marriage and His blessings to us through our ancestors. We are reminded of our responsibility to carry the torch of our heritage nobly and well. As brides select music, it is important to consider the mood that each tune evokes. Specifically, the processional is usually stately and solemn. The recessional is usually more upbeat and exuberant.

"Brad was one of the true highlights of our wedding, providing a festive and unique atmosphere that could not have been achieved in another way.  Incredibly professional, extremely reliable, we would recommend him for any occasion!"

Mark and Bianca B. wedding  June 2004

These pictures were taken by: PictureThis www.ptproofs.com
at the Captiol City Golf Club. The pipes were used to play outside the reception as guests arrived and to introduce the bride and groom at the reception.  

Pipes work wonderfully for outdoor weddings, as no sound system is needed. Indoors, the pipes can be played even in small chapels, if the piper has a set of quiet reeds. A large cathedral may require louder reeds, or even multiple pipers, if the space is very large. A second piper can also play harmony against the melody of the first piper. Another native instrument to the highland bagpipes is the Scottish snare drum. A well played Scottish snare drum can make the music more interesting and rhythmic (see photo set that includes Jay Hayden, and music samples that include the snare drum).

"We just wanted to thank you so much for a wonderful job. It was a beautiful ceremony and the bagpipes were the perfect touch. Here is a collage of pictures the photographer sent to us - thought you might enjoy it.

 Thanks again!
Jennifer & Mark Joyner"

These pictures were taken by www.ArtisticTouchPhoto.com at the wedding of Jennifer Higgins and Mark Joyner on Sept. 25, 2004 at Glenn Ella Springs Inn.  Here the pipes were used to introduce the bride in the bridal processional, for an interlude during the lighting of the unity candle, and for the recessional.

The pipes can be accompanied by other instruments. Notably, a church organ can join and harmonize with the pipes, which often causes goosebumps and tears of awe in the audience. I've witnessed this many times, and I've even considered offering a "tears-of-joy-or-your-money-back" guarantee. Most pipers experienced in playing for weddings will have harmonic arrangements for the church organ. Tuning the pipes to match the organ usually requires extra expertise of the piper, above and beyond just the ability to tune the pipes. Different combinations of chanters and reeds may be needed, depending on the tuning of the church organ. The tuning of church organs differ more widely than you might expect. Of course, the bagpipes can be accompanied by other instruments as well, such as the piano, strings, or brass. In all cases where the pipes are to be played with other instruments, it is very important to rehearse together to  ensure proper tuning.


Photo by: Eric Whittmayer www.Whittmayer.com

In most cases, brides select "Highland Cathedral" or "Hyferdol" as the processional. Both of these tunes are played in both weddings on the video tape. Amy Grant has a CD with an incredible arrangement of "Highland Cathedral" using bagpipes, strings, and brass. "Hyferdol" is a tune used for several hymns of different names (such as "Love Divine"), and especially lends itself to 2 bagpipe harmony (not shown on the video), and harmony with a pipe organ. Sometimes "Amazing Grace" or "Ode To Joy" is chosen. It is important to think about how much time each part of the ceremony takes. Usually, the actual bridal procession takes about 2 minutes, which is almost exactly the length of Hyferdol, played once through. Some brides choose to have bagpipe music play to process the groom, the groomsmen, and the bridesmaids. This usually takes more than 5 minutes. A single playing of "Hyferdol" lasts about two minutes. After the third playing of "Hyferdol" the audience is ready to listen to another tune, unless there is harmony from a second instrument (see above). Highland Cathedral lasts about 4 minutes and has two parts, thus it is suited for long processionals. Many times brides choose "Highland Cathedral" for the groomsmen/bridesmaid processional, and "Hyferdol" for the bridal processional. About half of the brides prefer to reserve the bagpipes for the bridal procession and either tune will do nicely. However, "Highland Cathedral" is selected a little more often than "Hyferdol". It is good to invite the musicians to the rehearsal to practice the tuning, timing, positions, and cues. Depending on the length of time between performances and several other factors, the piper may deem it necessary to slip out and tune the pipes between performances.

Shanno (above right) wrote: "The bagpipe music that you played at our wedding added such an elegant touch!  The music made the ceremony very moving and meaningful.  Thanks!   Stacey & Shannon  K."

Pipe tunes are sometimes also selected as interlude music during the wedding. Common selections to be played during the wedding include "Amazing Grace", "The Flower Of Scotland", "The Skye Boat Song", "The Ash Grove", and other traditional slow airs. A slow air is slow and stately tune that is usually hymnlike. However, some slow airs have a haunting quality.

For the recessional, the most popular tune is "Scotland The Brave". It is upbeat, happy, and well recognized. Sometimes other tunes are chosen such as an upbeat "Ode To Joy", "Mari's Wedding", or other traditional marches and retreats.

In some cases the pipes are played as the guests arrive, before the wedding, inside or outside. If piping inside, slow airs and hymns keep the mood solemn and worshipful. If the piper is outside, marches might be added.

This picture was taken by www.OmniImages.com at the beautiful reaffirmation service of Kristy and Mark Casey on May15, 2004 at Saint Jude's Catholic Church in Sandy Springs.
Lynn F. (below) wrote: "Thanks so much for playing at my wedding.  My friends are still talking about how how beautiful the bagpipes sounded in the church."

The pipes are also very appropriate for leading the way to the reception hall after the wedding, if the reception hall is within walking distance. Or the pipes can be used to announce the arrival of the bride and groom at the reception. The pipes can also provide some good reception entertainment with a good selection of lively music that includes jigs, strathspeys, reels, and hornpipes. A highland dancer can also provide great entertainment at a reception dancing traditional Scottish dances to the bagpipes such as the sword dance, the Scottish fling, the Irish jig, the Scottish lilt, the hornpipe, and other traditional dances. The bagpipes can play an occasional waltz, if the reception guests would care to dance to the piper's music.

Beth and Travis wrote: "Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The bagpipes sounded amazing in the church. Even six months later our guests are still talking about it!

It was great to be able to meet with you beforehand and hear some of the songs in person. It made selecting our music so easy.

Thanks again!
Beth and Travis T."

Here, the pipes were used in the wedding party processional and recessional.

When selecting a piper for a wedding look for several years of active piping experience. You may ask if the piper has successfully competed at highland games, as that is a strong indicator of commitment to excellence, practice, dedication, and experience. Check a demo tape and references, if necessary. Particularly inquire about experience tuning to other instruments, if other instruments are involved. Check to ensure that the piper has the needed music for the other instruments, if that is the arrangement. Some pipers may have to step out and tune between the processional and recessional.

Erin, the bride, wrote, "Phillip and I just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job playing for our wedding ceremony. All of our friends and family still talk about how neat the ceremony was with you playing and the mountains around us. Since I can remember, I have always wanted a bagpiper to play at my wedding. You did a wonderful job!  Thank you,  Erin and Phillip"

I played for the seating of the guests, processional, interlude, recessional, and postlude.These pictures were taken at the Chimneys in Big Canoe by photographer Andrew Edwards of www.zoom-works.com.   Pipes work beautifully at outdoor weddings.

Many other "Slow Airs" such as "Skye Boat Song" and "Flower of Scotland" nicely as interludes, or as guests arrive.  Similarly, there are many other upbeat "Marches" and "Retreats" in the same style as "Scotland the Brave", "Mari's Wedding", and the "Band March Medley",  that  work nicely as a recessional and/or to "march" the guests to the reception, or to announce the arrival of the bride and groom at the reception, or simply as guests depart.

As guests arrive, I usually play the slow, stately music, or at most some regular marches. The idea is to entertain the guests as they arrive, but above all, to set the tone for the wedding.

Kim wrote: "Dear Brad, Thank you so much for the beautiful job that you did on our wedding day. The music was wonderful!  We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone!  You helped make our day truly magical." 

Richard & Kim C.

Photo by: David Wanderman www.DWPhotography.com

The pipes were used to provide all the music at this  outdoor wedding at the Vines Botanical Gardens in Lawrenceville.

The piper may play some of more upbeat and entertaining Celtic tunes categorized as jigs, strathspeys, reels, and hornpipes to entertain the guests in the courtyard, as they are talking and leaving, or as entertainment during the reception. Each category of tune has a different rhythmic feel. For instance, when entertaining in the reception, I almost always start with a slow air, move to a march or retreat, and then move on to the jigs, strathspeys, reels, and hornpipes. At receptions I almost always play the hornpipe "The Clumsy Lover". It is a very upbeat and enjoyable tune, and it seems appropriate for the occasion.

At this recent lake pier wedding, Daniel and I played duets.  Several of the duets are in the table of tunes above were recorded at this wedding.

Here are the prices for playing as needed for about an hour (arriving 30 minutes before a typical 30 to 40 minute wedding) within 30 minutes from my home, which is 10 minutes northeast of the Gwinnett Civic Center:

Pricing:  Prices start around $260, which is common for most experienced/professional musicians.  Please call (678) 429-2651 (cell phone) or (678) 442-6323 (home) for  pricing.

$180 for a piper to attend a rehearsal within the 30 minute one-way travel time. In general, rehearsals are always helpful, but not always essential.  Overall, I'm hired to play at rehearsals for about 20% of the weddings that I play.  The rehearsal or pre-wedding "get together" is essential for tuning and coordinating with other instruments, such as the pipe organ. In many instances I've been able to arrive an hour and a half early to check tuning and coordinate with the organist or other musician.  The rehearsal is also very helpful for establishing comfort with finding the address and travel time of the wedding. Live music is also very helpful for establishing timing and precise cues (when to start and stop playing, how long songs last, etc.), and practicing position (where to start, stop, stand, sit) and the flow of the wedding. It helps give everyone a sense of where to be, or where to go, during the music, or when the music starts or stops.  However, experienced professional wedding coordinators can usually define positions and precise cues at the rehearsal, and communicate them on the day of the wedding, if needed.

$180 for a second piper to play harmony with the first piper. This is good when the bagpipe is the only instrument at the wedding and/or there is sufficient space to accommodate 2 pipes, such as large churches and outdoor weddings. Pipe duets can be found  in the tune table samples above.

$180 for a highland dancer to dance traditional Scottish dances such as the sword dance, the fling, the Irish jig, the lilt, etc. This is very entertaining and can be used for entertainment during the reception or dinner.

~$180 for a drummer. This is good for making the music more rhythmic and interesting. Adds a crispness and precision to the music, as seen in the demo video, and as demonstrated in the tune table samples above. Especially excellent for weddings involving the military.

Emily wrote: I just wanted to express my gratitude for your services at our wedding. Having you play the bagpipes for our wedding set the tone of the ambiance we wanted to create for our special day ...timeless elegance! Looking back on the day now - my memories are infused with the melody of your bagpiping. I'll never forget as you played Amazing Grace during the middle of our ceremony - even though hundreds of people experienced the moment with Jason and I - the only thing I remember now is the anticipation of getting ready to say the same vows that so many people throughout the centuries have said to the people they loved and the strains of a song that is so dear to my heart being played on an instrument that has passed through the halls of time - the bagpipe! I'll never forget this moment -- thank you SO much for giving Jason and I the memory of each of each other -- set to ageless music -- on the most special day of our lives!

Sincerely,
Emily & Jason W.

For weddings where more travel time is needed, add $80/hr for the pipers beyond the original 1 hour travel time and 1 hour playing time (for example, staying to play at the reception). This also applies in particular to Friday evening rehearsals.  Roads exiting Atlanta are usually jammed on Friday evenings!  Thus, depending on the location/distance, Friday evening rehearsals may require extra travel time.  Unusual scenarios that depart from what is written above can be negotiated. Usually, half the total amount, or at least a $125 deposit is sent when definite arrangements are made. You may make the deposit by credit card, or by check.  Please email a detailed map and/or instructions on how to get to the reception/wedding.  For a blank sample contract (to see what you'll receive when you send a deposit), please call me at (678) 429-2651.  The deposit commits my services, so  when other folks call asking for your date and time, I tell them that I've already been booked.

Booking Procedure
If you would like to book me to play at your wedding, first please call me at (678) 429-2651 or email me at BradBeaton@Bagpipers.com to ensure that the wedding date and time are still available.  Detailed pricing is discussed a few paragraphs above.  If I am available, and you'd like to hire me, you can either send me a check for $125 made to "Brad Beaton" to the address at the bottom of this webpage, or you can make a $125 deposit by credit card using the "Buy Now" icon below.  Note that the deposit is counted as part of the total price.  When the deposit is received, I will email you a receipt, and basic contract.  The balance (for base rate, the balance is $135) will be due on or before the wedding.

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However you choose to use the bagpipe, a well played bagpipe can be a great addition to any wedding music plan. I hope these notes and observations help you plan for your wedding!


Photos above by:www.SeanRandallPhotography.com   Taken at Primrose Cottage in Roswell, Jan. 31, 2004.

I decided recently to create an "AtlantaBagpiper.com Weddings Hall of Fame" webpage.  I've played many great weddings that deserve a picture and note on my website, and up to now I've made the excuse that my website was too full.  Click here to see my "AtlantaBagpiper.com Weddings Hall of Fame" webpage.  I'd love to put your picture and note in my hall of fame!

Although this page is dedicated primarily to weddings, from time to time I play memorial or graveside services.  Of course, I never play exuberant "Scotland the Brave" at a funeral!  However, I believe the best references I can have are the funeral home directors that call me repeatedly.  They've heard many pipers and they call me because my pipes consistently sound great, I'm easy to work with, I'm dependable, I'm professional, and my price is reasonable.

On March 26th, 2005 I was honored to play at the memorial services of Travis Stewart.  Travis Stewart played an important role in the Democratic party in Georgia and was a powerful Washington D.C. lobbyist for many years.  Travis had 5 children.  One of Travis's lovely daughters, Rebecca Stewart, was accompanied by her very significant other, Ted Turner.  The memorial service at Druid Hills Baptist church was very touching.  I played the family in and out of the chapel, and played "Amazing Grace" as an interlude.  Bill Stewart, Rebecca's uncle, sang a beautiful solo for his brother bearing a powerful witness for Jesus Christ.  

After the church service, everyone drove to Rebecca's gorgeous fishing lodge.  I played my pipes by the river for probably 30 minutes as quests arrived and prepared for the riverside ceremony.  Each of Travis's 5 children had a portion of his ashes to sprinkle in the river.  However, just before they sprinkled the ashes, I played "Amazing Grace" and everyone sang along.  As everyone sang, a remarkable and astonishing spiritual event occurred.  Although the singing was average, literally dozens of fish leapt repeatedly out of the water, and continued leaping for the entire verse.  When the singing stopped, the fish stopped jumping out of the water.  It was truly amazing.  

I then played "Taps" and Travis's children began sprinkling his ashes in the river.  Later I had my picture taken with Ted and Rebecca, who were extremely gracious hosts.  Ted Turner gave me permission to post our picture here on www.AtlantaBagpiper.com.

Thanks for visiting my website.  When the beautiful highland bagpipes would add a special touch to the occasion you are planning, please call (678) 429 2651.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,
Brad Beaton 
56 Saint Aurics Drive 
Suwanee, GA  30024
Cell Phone: (678) 429-2651    Home Phone: (678) 442-6323   
Email: AtlantaBagpiper@gmail.com

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