The Happy Bagpiper LLC is a wedding musician based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that specializes in the Great Highland bagpipe. Bagpiper Thom has more than 30 years of experience playing in competitions, pipe bands, and parades. He holds the highest status as a grade 1 soloist, and has earned numerous awards throughout his career. In 2016, he started The Happy Bagpiper in order to turn his love for the bagpipe into his full-time profession. Outside of weddings, he also performs at funerals, graduations, and parties; teaches his instrument to children and adults, and runs a bagpipe supplies retail shop. He is excited to bring the bagpipe, also known as the Irish warpipe, to weddings throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The Happy Bagpiper is a team of elite musicians that include several pipers as well as drummers. Couples can request a solo player for their big day, or opt for a larger group for a full and uplifting sound. Bagpipes traditionally play at several points during a wedding, including the arrival of guests, the processional, the recessional, and the guests’ exit. Additionally, bagpipes can accompany a moment of reflection for absent loved ones, a candle lighting, or a traditional Celtic hand-fasting. Thom is happy to tailor each performance to couples’ ceremony and reception preferences. He provides a large selection of favorite songs, and loves to take requests and learn new songs. All performances include arrival 15 minutes ahead of time and traditional Celtic attire. Thom believes that bagpipes bring a joyful, moving, and unforgettable experience to celebrations of love, and he is overjoyed to be part of each wedding.
5 Reviews for The Happy Bagpiper LLC
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Jeremy C. · Married on 10/16/2020
My daughter’s wedding day held a number of challenges, COVID-19 and a steady hard rain in the heart of the ceremony and the beginning of the backyard reception made it difficult for me to give Thom a concrete time. He was completely understanding and flexed out the exact time that I wanted him to play. Turned out to be the hit of the reception, and as this is the 2nd time I’ve dealt with him I now count him as a friend.Sent on 11/14/2020
The Happy Bagpiper LLC's reply:THANK YOU so much for your beautiful review and the photos, Jeremy! The photos bring back such wonderful memories of that terrific day less than a month ago! All the very best to your entire family!
Sue M. · Married on 06/27/2020
Here’s your bagpiper, look no further!
We hired Thom for a wedding and for a Military ball. He’s awesome! We had very specific selections for the Ball and it was not a problem at all. We also asked for some particular pieces for the wedding and Thom was very accommodating. He shows up early, no worries at all. Highly recommend!!!Sent on 11/13/2020
The Happy Bagpiper LLC's reply:Sue, you take my breath away yet again! Thank you so much for this really lovely review. It was my great honor and pleasure to play for the Ball and for Ben’s stunningly beautiful and happy wedding!
Amanda R. · Married on 02/15/2020
Absolutely a Pleasure
We loved every moment of working with the “Happy Bagpiper” ... he made a statement at our wedding and everyone adored his performances. We were fabulously impressed with every aspect of his professionalism and talent!!Sent on 11/13/2020
The Happy Bagpiper LLC's reply:Wow! Sincere and warm thanks for this absolutely lovely review, Amanda! It means so much to me to know how much you enjoyed the music. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to submit these very kind words. All the very best, Thom
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Thom is a highly trained musician-bagpiper with over 4 decades of experience as a verifiably very successful solo and pipe band competitor on the Great Highland Bagpipe, with hundreds of trophies and medals in his record of competitions sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) and the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, Canada (PPBSO).
A certified, successful grade 1 solo competitor (grade 5 being the lowest) and former member of more than a dozen competition-level pipe bands, Thom is a sought-after performer and bagpiping instructor for individuals and pipe bands. Thom is the official Bagpipe Instructor to the Camden County (NJ) Emerald Society Pipes & Drums and the Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes and Drums. He regularly provides workshops and seminars to bands and individual bagpipers in the Baltimore-Wilmington-Philadelphia-New York corridor.
Moving away from a successful executive medical publishing career, Thom decided in 2016 to devote himself full-time to playing and teaching the bagpipe. He established a new business, The Happy Bagpiper LLC, which offers bagpiping performance and instruction services as well as a full range of bagpipes and accessories for sale.