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 BOOKING WITH GEMMA BRIGGS BAGPIPING

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Young female professional bagpiper playing the bagpipes. Tampa Bay professional bagpiper for hire

COVID-19 Update: I will wear a mask at all times except while actively playing, and adhere to all social distancing protocols. Luckily, bagpipes lend themselves naturally to a 6 foot distance. If you have any concerns about viral transmission surrounding your event, we can talk it through during your consultation. Virtual gigs also available, see below.

Gig Etiquette

I will arrive dressed in full highland regalia, including the kilt, sporran, ghillies, jacket, and more. I always arrive early to tune and plan my performance, and am happy to work with you on logistics. Professionalism as a musician is important to me, and I will treat your event with respect and decorum.

Payment is required at the time of service in either cash or check, not needed in advance.

Rates

My rates vary by gig type and location. Please contact me directly for an accurate quote for your event. 

Tune Requests

I am happy to accommodate tune requests from my repertoire list free of charge. If I need to learn a specific arrangement to play with an ensemble or accompanist, there will be an additional charge for learning and rehearsals.

Personalization

Every event is different and requires unique playing and logistics. I am happy to talk this through with you during our free consultation, and use my performance experience to make sure your event goes smoothly from start to finish. Bagpipes can be loud, so I offer advice on where the best playing locations are, where to march in and out, and where to welcome guests if needed. I have played hundreds of gigs, mostly weddings and funerals, but also golf tournaments, sporting events, corporate celebrations, and even in 20 degree weather!

Virtual Gigs

You can also hire me to record a remote gig for you, at a discounted price from my in-person rates. This will include a personalized greeting message, video recorded performance, and full highland dress and professionalism you would receive in an in-person gig. Perfect for socially distant events!

Travel

Gigs outside of a 50 mile radius from Clearwater, FL are considered out of town, and may be subject to an additional travel fee.

Referral

If you contact me about a gig and I cannot make the date, I will happily refer you to another bagpiper in the area free of charge. My objective is that your event be as special as possible, whether it’s me playing the bagpipes or not.