Type: Solo Bagpipe Player
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 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
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
-The Skye Boat song
-Cullen Bay (slow)
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
-Green Hills of Tyrol (Scottish Soldier)
-When the Battle’s over
-Flowers of the Forrest
-Abide with me
-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.
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.
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.
Michael was amazing please pass on our thanks!!!!
SATO New Zealand Limited
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.
Great, super performance from Michel
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!
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
Michel was amazing he was better than we could have imagined. It made our day having him there.
Thanks for organizing him for us.
Hello Robyn and Pete
Michel was brilliant. he fitted perfectly into our needs. I would recommend him to others.
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.
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. I look forward to booking a piper for our event in 2018.
Remuera Golf Club
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.
Yes Yes Michel Tent was great we loved it ,
Would recommend you to friends thank you
Anzac day went off very well, and Michel performed exactly as requested and was popular with the large crowd
Thanks for your help.
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