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Affiliations of Fred Payne Champion Bagpiper

2012 to present: The Piedmont Highlanders

The Piedmont Highlanders is an excellent performance marching band based in the East Bay. Unlike bands I have worked with during past years, this band does not enter contests. Under the leadership of Pipe Major Ellison Dunlap and Pipe Sergreant Matt Anderson, this is the perfect band for introducing my students to the piping community and all the asssociated fun!

2006 to 2012: Bushmills San Francisco Irish Pipers

A Grade 3 competition band (and a grade 4 unit as well). The band won many prizes in contests around California during those years.

2002 to 2008: The Monterey Bay Pipe Band

Under the musical direction of Pipe Major Michel d'Avenas, The Monterey Bay Pipe Band was a consistent prize winner in Western United States Pipe Band contests.

1999 to 2006: The Central Coast Pipes and Drums

Currently under the direction of Pipe Major Paul Dunn, the Central Coast Pipes and Drums is a great street and bar band. This band is well-known and loved in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria areas. I led this band from 2002 - 2003.

1966 to 1977: The Walter B Trueman-7UP Pipe Band

Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA,. Pipe major Bill Swanson, Drum Major Adam Martin, Drum Sergeant Harry Moore. This is the band that taught Fred to play pipes. His first gig was the Santa Barbara Christmas parade in 1967. He stayed with this band throughout his teen years and early 20s.

Fred's Instructors, present and past:
Ian Whitelaw, Michel d'Avenas, John Partanen, Jay Close, Jim Buchanan, the late Fred Baxter

If you are seeking a professional bagpiper for hire in the San Francisco Bay Area and anywhere else in Northern California, we invite you to call Fred Payne Champion Bagpiper at: 510-926-9579.

Fred Payne Champion Bagpiper specializes in bagpipe music for weddings, funerals, memorials, golf tournaments, corporate events, birthday parties and retirement parties. Bagpiper for hire throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including: Oakland, Napa, Sonoma, San Jose, Silicon Valley, Berkeley, and Sacramento.








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