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
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
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.
to 2006: The Central Coast Pipes
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
to 1977: The Walter B Trueman-7UP Pipe
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
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.