References for Fred Payne Champion Bagpiper
We invite you to read some testimonials from Fred’s Clients
"My mom, who is from Scotland said you were the best bagpiper she had ever heard!"
"The event was a memorial gathering of family and friends of a late "chief" of the family.
Fred Payne, the Champion Piper, was OUTSTANDING in all aspects. His poise,
choice of dress and music selection was excellent. He performed for more than two hours.
Comments I heard about his performance included "excellent", "best I've heard",
"brought memories", and "has the children dancing." He'll be "my" piper again."
—Stanley S., Arnold, CA
"Mr. Payne was prompt, professional and very talented.
He was incredibly sensitve and caring to my family,
showing deference to and compassion for my mother.
My father would have been proud to know him and very
happy that Mr. Payne played "Amazing Grace" for him.
It didn't hurt that Fred is quite good looking, too! "
"Fred Payne provided magnificent bagpiping
in the funeral scene of our concert
production of "Brigadoon" with
the Diablo Light Opera Company."
(Conductor, Diablo Symphony Orchestra), Lafayette, CA
“Fred Payne has performed for
my clients and guests on several occassions
and I always come back for more. A
striking presence, the resonance
of his pipes bespeaks the
champion that he is. Consider
yourself fortunate if you are able
to book Fred for your event. You
are in for a treat.”
—Victoria Colella, Sausalito, CA
”Mr Payne was, from the beginning, caring, kind
and very accomodating. He arrived on time and when
we weren't sure when he should play he and the minister
worked it out together. He was very professional and
played two pieces very movingly. I would hire him again.”
—Alex Hatch, Santa Rosa,
”Fred Payne, Champion Piper for San Francisco
Bay was fantastic. Very professional and committed
to delivering a satisfying event. Very personable and
a pleasure to have in our home for a private event.
A true gentleman and great musician. I expect to engage
Champion Piper again for other events.”
—Doug L. ,
"Thank you so much for the playing
the bagpipes at our wedding- you were
truly amazing! We have
received so many compliments and you made our
day so special. As I was watching my bride walk down
the sandy aisle, the bagpipes accurately reflected
the feelings of myself and all of the guests. You also
had everyone on the beach captivated as they gathered
to watch the bridal procession... and it was amazing
when the entire beach started applauding when you were
finished with the processional! What a great memory
of our wedding that we will always cherish."
—Peter and Christine Larsen, Fresno, CA
"You were very diligent about
every detail and excellent in your
me at ease before the event because
I had never met you before. Also,
I would like to express that you
are a true artist and true to the
pure art of bagpiping , not just
into the business end. For
example, when you said that you carry a
big and a small bagpipe and
feel out the size of the room and
decide on which bagpipe to use so
as not to drown out conversation
that made me feel confident
in your sensitivity and more relaxed
about the party. Well, I could
go on and on; I would tell
these things to anyone who asks because
I come from a family of artists and
when I find a true artist I want
to promote them because they
are far and few between these days. "
—Gail Manson, Stockton, CA
"Thank you so very much for ensuring
that the little wedding in San Francisco
today made every participant happy,
not to mention charming bystanders. It
was lovely. Your playing and presence
lent a perfect shape. And as
we left I'd wished we'd heard
much more, which is perfect for an
occasion that marks just a beginning.
In the meantime I wish you all the
best. Thank you for making everyone
happy and leading us with tact and
The groom, Travis, kept saying, "I
knew you'd do it, Gay", and
bagpipes are quite foreign to him,
but lovely music is not."
—Gay Scott, Berkeley, CA
" Thank you for
making my installation extra special
with your playing of the bagpipes last
Saturday at the Richmond Masonic Hall.
I heard nothing but positive responses
from the audience. Everyone enjoyed
it, even my Granddaughter (she was
the 6 month old). Everything turned
out perfect. I didn't even think before
hand about having you pipe the installing
team in. Thank you for doing that at
the last second."
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.
Gary Dunham, Berkeley, CA