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I play a lot of funerals. What I do 90% of the time is play the interment ceremony at the grave. I do what an organist would do if we were in church. I start playing as the Cortege arrives at the cemetery in front of the grave. I continue playing until the casket is in place at the grave and the officiate takes over and begins the ceremony. When that person has finished the religious portion of the ceremony, the military (if there) takes over and does “Taps” and folds the flag. The Funeral Director at that point will thank everyone for coming and announce a reception. When he is finished the bagpiper usually plays “Amazing Grace” and then a recessional as the people file forward and place a flower on the casket. This is a normal bagpipe funeral service at a cemetery.
The bagpiper can also be used at the end of a church service as the casket comes out of the church and is loaded into the Hearse. If you really want the full compliment, you can also hire the bagpiper to play as your guests arrive at the church for the ceremony as well.
Most bagpipers price the Interment first as a base and then add the church before and after as a supplement.
I play a lot of funerals in the course of a year. I have included some samples on this page for your review. If you'd like to hire me to play at a loved ones service, please email or call me for availability and I will also give you a price on this event. You can reach me at 215-968-9542.
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The Funeral Bagpiper