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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.

Services Offered

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.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?

$200

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$300

Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

Ceremony Music
Sample Music
Travel Expenses

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental - Solo
Instrumental - Duo
Instrumental - Trio

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3

What instruments does your group play?

Drums

What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Instrumentals
Learn New Songs
Liability Insurance
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
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Meghan K. Sent on 07/26/2022
5 out of 5 rating

MUST HIRE for your wedding or next event!

wish we could give more stars!!! Look no further than the happy bagger for your wedding or next event. We had the happy bagger play as guests entered our church wedding ceremony and as we made our grand exit. He was amazing!! He played beautiful Irish traditional wedding bagpipe music. It brought me ( the bride) & many of our guests to tears!! Not only is his music beautiful-he was very professional, personable and accommodating from the very first encounter when inquiring about booking. We had the perfect wedding ceremony and couldn’t have done it without him! We will definitely recommend to other friends and family!
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Caitlin S. Sent on 12/21/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible Bagpiping!

Thom was an absolute joy to work with. He is professional, friendly, easy going, happy and one helluva piper! My Dad hired Thom to play at our ceremony as well as at our reception, and he did a fantastic job with very little direction from us. And he made my dream come true of having folks walk down the aisle to the gael from Last of the Mohicans come true. I would recommend Thom to anyone looking for a piper.
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Jeremy C. Sent on 11/14/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Jeremy Clark

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.
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Thom Moore
Thom Moore
Owner, Pipe Major

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.

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