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Michel Tent - Solo Bagpipe Player - Auckland

Type: Solo Bagpipe Player

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Michel has been playing the pipes for most of the last 30 years.

He started off with the Concord pipe band in the Netherlands and played with them at their prize winning attempt at the Scottish Championship in Dumbarton 2006.

Upon arriving in New Zealand, Michel played with the Auckland Police Pipe Band (grade 3) and the Auckland and District Pipe band (grade 1), before embarking on a new adventure. In 2008 he took on the job of Pipe-Major of the then defunct Otahuhu and Districts pipe band and led them to the National title in grade 4B in 2012.
As a piper he received tuition from a number of tutors, most notably the late P/M Angus MacDonald MBE, the late P/M Lewis Turrell MBE and is currently enjoying playing with the Red hackle pipe band under P/M Davey Welsh.

Since the beginning of 2012, he has been teaching bagpipes and highland drumming at various colleges in Auckland (including Dilworth School and King’s College). And since 2014 he has been involved in a new Celtic venture, called Clan Celtica. As such he is one of the few people in New Zealand that play bagpipes for a job.

Michel’s extensive repertoire will cover any occasion. He is happy to discuss your piping requirements and will guarantee a professional and memorable performance.

Michel has a number of kilts in different tartans available for performances. You can choose from:
Gordon (mainly green and blue, with a yellow line)
Cameron of Erracht (similar to Gordon tartan, but with an added red lined pattern)
MacLean of Duart (predominantly red, with some green, and blue / white / yellow lines)
And Chivas Regal tartan (burgundy and dark blue, as per picture)

As a solo piper Michel has played at various events, like weddings, funerals, corporate functions, birthday parties and the like, but will be happy to discuss bagpipe requirements for other events.

Ideal for: Scottish theme setting music for corporate function, private party, wedding, funeral, pipe in the bride, parade, memorial event

The tunes listed below are only a small snippet of the total available repertoire.
Michel has listed a few common tunes and sorted them by occasion.

Weddings, marching in the bride (and bridesmaids):

-Flower of Scotland
-Dark Island
-The Skye Boat song
-Cullen Bay (slow)
-Highland Cathedral

Weddings, signing of the register:

-The Gael (last of the Mohicans theme song)
-Flett from Flotta
-Dawning of the Day

Weddings, leading the couple out of the venue:

-Scotland the Brave
-Rowan Tree
-Green Hills of Tyrol (Scottish Soldier)
-When the Battle’s over
-Highland Laddie


-Flowers of the Forrest
-Amazing Grace
-Abide with me
-Highland Cathedral

Haggis ceremony:

-A Man’s a Man

And in addition to the tunes listed above, there are a great number of slow airs, marching tunes or Scottish and Irish dancing tunes available to suit the occasion.

hi pete excellent thanks you,many thanks dave
Westmere Butchery
Shoppers event
Michel Tent mini pipe band

Thank you and Michel was superb.
Pat Cosford 

Hi Pete,
Michel was fantastic and to be honest it was one of the highlights.
A huge thank you from the family.

Michael was fantastic thank you.
It was great.

Hi Peter
Michel was just great for our small soirée.  We will certainly be recommending him and looking forward to booking him again.
Juliet Lichtenstein 
Family Celebration

Hi Pete,
The performance was amazing! We had such a fun time and my Dad was happier than ever with his surprise. Can't thank you and Michel enough, will definitely use your company again in the future. 

Hi Pete,
Everything went well and Michel Tent was great.  Appreciate his assistance with our Parade.  We will be doing the same next year.
Avondale RSA
ANZAC Day Parade

Yes Thankyou. 
Michel did a great job and had  several in tears with his Scottish tunes , obviously because of the occasion but some family missing Bonnie Scotland.  As they say there is no place like home. 
Thanks Again
Manukau Memorial Gardens

Hi Robyn
Yes all went well and Michael was great.........he played for longer than expected and was very much appreciated.  The only complaint we had, which was from true Scotsmen was that he didn't play the pipes as he left and walked away.  He did spent 10mins talking with Dad afterwards so that was really nice of him and I guess his bagpipes probably needed warming up again to play them as he left.  No complaints from me and Dad was so appreciative of his performance. Please pass on our thanks to Michael as it was a very emotional time for us all.

Hi Robyn yes it all went very well thank you. 
70th birthday

Hi yes thank you Michel was great.
Kind regards

Hi Robyn,
Thank you very much for your email.
Yes, the service provided by the piper was exceptional! He went above and beyond and really out did himself. I was so impressed his performance was outstanding!
Kind regards,

Hi Robyn,
Yes Michel was awesome! It was a great addition to the night to have him come along. Absolutely would use him again for the next suitable occasion.

Michel was awesome would definitely use him again 
Thank you again 
Chris Maber 

Hi Robyn
Michael was superb!  Arrived in plenty of time and was very accommodating. Guests loved having him there. 
Thank you
Barbara Peterson 

Michel did everything perfectly, he looked great, the music was excellent, he was very helpful in regards to the ceremony (he lead my Maid of Honour down the aisle as per our request). Also I heard reoccurring feedback that he was very nice to talk to. 
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him, he was great.
Thanks again

Hi Robyn 
Thanks for your email.
Michel was absolutely brilliant, played exactly what we were after, looked the part and was generally great! Super easy to deal with and experienced enough to trust that he knew what he was doing.
Really appreciate your help with booking him.

Hi Robyn
Thank you so much- it was an incredible performance and Michelle was very accommodating to make it a special and memorable night. 
Thank you again. 

Hi Pete
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to you, but we have had to suffer 7 weeks of no telephone or email from home.
I am writing to say how much we appreciated Michel Tent playing the 'Pipes' at my brothers funeral.  As you know I could not make it back to NZ because of ill health, but my family and friends were ' blown away' by the effect that Michel and his playing made on the day.
The weather was as bad as it could be, but he turned up and played most beautifully and added such a wonderful deep meaning to the day for all who attended.
Thank you so much for arranging Michel for us.   Everyone said it was the most deeply moving funeral they had ever attended.
Kind regards - n.b. - I have told all my family of your services and how wonderfully efficient your Company is.
Lynn Thomas

I just wanted to say Michel was great. A lovely performance and a friendly and professional person to deal with.
Thanks very much.
warm regards
Margaret Rogers
Memorial Event

Michel did a great job thanks very much :)

Hi Robyn,  yes it all went very well thank you.  Michel did a good job and everyone enjoyed the surprise. 
Kind regards,

To Robyn,
I would just like To say thank you so much for putting me on to the lovely Bagpipe guy Michel Tent he was fantastic and extremely great. I was so glad we changed the venue as to were allowed to get our monies worth. He played some lovely tunes and my son very much so got a lovely surprise. He was such a friendly guy too to get along with. Would recommend him anytime. Very much so appreciated. Was a wonderful night too.
Thanking you,

Hi Michel,
We just wanted to send a quick note and say a great big thank you for your performance both at the ceremony and with your band at the reception last night. You really were a true professional, keeping us updated at all stages, and we have had such amazing feedback from the guests about the pipe band. Everything you did for us, both leading up to last night and the night itself was just flawless - and we couldn't be more grateful.
Thank you again - and hope you enjoyed the day on Waiheke!
Caroline and Brent

Hi Robyn,
Michel Tent’s performance was brilliant.
Many thanks,
Richard Way.

Hi Robyn
Everything went very well thanks.  Good weather, good crowd of golfers and Michel did an excellent job with our team at the ceremony.
Thanks again
John Sims
Golf Services
Remuera Golf Club

Thanks Robyn. The day went well and Michel was great.
Kind Regards,
Karen McMahon
80th Birthday

Hi Robyn
It was just wonderful - Michel was fantastic. Please pass on our thanks to him.  And thank you so much for making the whole experience so easy.
Kind regards
Susie Spain
Green Bay High School
Retirement Event

Hi Robyn 
Michel was absolutely fabulous. 
Thank you so much 
Send Michel our warmest regards please. He made our day very special and was the most fantastic surprise for my husband. 
Would highly recommend Michel and your services. 
Angela Davies

Hi Robyn 
Thanks so much for following up. 
Michel’s performance was faultless and we loved having him with us. 
Please pass on our feedback to him. He’s a great asset to PME. 
Leesa Irving 
60th Birthday

Very much so ! Very pleasant performer and great to have at a family party 
70th birthday

Hi Robyn
Thank you.
Kind regards
Royal Easter Show Parade

Yes he was amazing ! 
Thanks so much 
Kind Regards 

Hi Robyn
Everything went very well thanks.  Michel does a great job and our members really enjoy the piping of the haggis and reciting of Robbie Burns poem.
We will be in touch around the same time next year.
John Sims
Golf Services
Remuera Golf Club

Michel was fantastic, flexible and such a nice guy. Very talented and a credit to your agency and himself.
I would not hesitate to recommend him or your agency to anyone.
His performance drew many tears, only the best pipers can do that. His repertoire was extensive.
Thank you again.
Kind Regards
Allan MacGillivray

Michael was amazing please pass on our thanks!!!!
Kerry Langley
Managing Director
SATO New Zealand Limited

Hi Robyn
Michel's performance was far more than satisfactory! He was excellent and helped to give our school Jubilee parade a real sense of occasion. As well as a flawless performance, Michel also looked extremely smart in his kilt. All the comments from the school and from the visitors were very complimentary, and it was sweet to see how fascinated the little 5 year olds were to see a bagpiper. Please pass on our thanks because he really made a great contribution to the event.

Hello. I'd like to thank you for our piper,  Michel, yesterday at my mum's funeral. He was very caring and catered for our needs. I would highly recommend him to others.
Thank you again.
Pauline Broadfoot

Great, super performance from Michel 

Hi Robyn,
Yes, I was going to contact you to say how wonderful Michel's performance was. A special tribute to Dad executed beautifully! 
Thank you and Michel!

Hi Robyn
Thank you - it was amazing thank you. It was a great surprise for everyone and it got my dad and nana in tears. After he finished the first couple of songs my dad was wanting more so just prefect.
Anna and Alex

Hi Robyn,
Michel was amazing he was better than we could have imagined. It made our day having him there.
Thanks for organizing him for us.
Kind regards,

Hello Robyn and Pete 
Michel was brilliant. he fitted perfectly into our needs. I would recommend him to others.
Thank you
Pauline Broadfoot 

Hi Pete,
It was more than satisfactory!
I have sent a thank you email to Michel saying how grateful we were that he was able to play at Mum's funeral. Simply beautiful. He 'stole' the show.
Thank you
Mary Brown

Thanks Robyn
Michel did a great job.  Unfortunately the very high winds delayed our ceremony by about 30mins so I didn’t get a chance to thank him personally.  It all got a bit rushed but we made it in the end.
Thanks again.  
John Sims
Golf Services
Remuera Golf Club

Hi Robyn
Thanks for your email. 
Everything went perfectly thank you. It was a wonderful service capped off perfectly by Michel''s performance. 

Peter was first class, friendly good Piper. Would use again 
Thank for arranging in such short notice

Hi Robyn . Yes very happy with Michel . He arrived on time and was very accommodating ,in a trying time for us.
Thank you
Rob Taylor 

Hi Robyn,  
Yes Yes  Michel Tent was great we loved it ,  
Would recommend you to friends  thank you  

Hello Robyn,
Anzac day went off very well, and Michel performed exactly as requested and was popular with the large crowd
Thanks for your help.
Brian Waterman

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