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A professional bagpiper for over 20 years, Joel wanted to do something a little different than the traditional "Scotland the Brave" in a parade or "Amazing Grace" at a funeral (although he still does those from time to time). While searching "rock and roll bagpipes" on YouTube, he came across AC/DC's "Long Way to the Top" video and that sparked his new journey of taking the Great Highland Bagpipes out of their pigeonhole and putting them into mainstream music. Combining background tracks and vocals, he creates a high energy, one-man-show that leaves crowds scratching their heads saying, "I did
... n't know you could do that with the bagpipes!"
Covering such artists as AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Journey, Muse, Evanescence, and many others, he has entertained audiences at highland games, city festivals, private and corporate parties, social events, anti-social events!
Most recently, he has added an new facet to his show by utilizing the Scottish Small Pipes - a quieter, more mellower sounding instrument that is designed to be performed indoors - perfect for more intimate settings where the Great Highland Bagpipe may be overpowering.
1985 - Bowling for Soup
American Idiot - Green Day
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
Basket Case - Green Day
Born This Way - Lady Gaga
Bring Me To Life - Evanescense
Brokenhearted - Carmen
Carry On - Fun
Chandelier - Sia
Come Out And Play - Offspring
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
Dark Horse - Katy Perry
Demons - Imagine Dragons
Dirty Little Secret - American Rejects
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Dreams - Cranberries
Everybody Talks - Neon Trees
Fields of Athenry - Dropkick Murphys
Fight Song - Rachel Platten
Final Countdown, The - Europe
Fix You - Muse
Footlose - ... Kenny Loggins
Friday - Rebecca Black
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Happy - Pharrel
Hard To Handle - Black Crowes
Here's to Never Growing Up - Avril Lavign
Hysteria - Muse
I Love It - Icona Pop
I Love Rock & Roll - Joan Jett
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
It's a Long Way to the Top - AC/DC
Kids Aren't Alright, The - Offspring
Madness - Muse
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Middle - Jimmy Eats World
My Bad Papa (medley) - Lady Gaga
My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Royals - Lorde
Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Sail - AWOLNation
Save The Last Dance - Michael Buble
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Slither - Velvet Revolver
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Still Into You - Paramore
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
The Tide Is High - Blondie (Atomic Kitten version)
Trouble - Taylor Swift
We Are Young - Fun
We Got The Beat - Go-go's
Whisky In The Jar - Metallica
White Wedding - Billy Idol
You and I - Lady Gaga
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Joel spent 20 years as a US Marine Corps musician (tuba, conductor). He retired from active duty in 2012. As a young, impressionable Lance Corporal, his first road trip with a Marine Band sent him to Pleasanton, California where they were the only brass band amongst the 1000+ pipers. Well, after a weekend of "dudes wearing skirts chucking telephone poles", it took over two weeks for the drones of the pipes to get out of his head. It was at that moment he knew he had to learn how to play them! He has been honing his craft during his entire military career having had the rare opportunity to play ... his pipes across Europe, Kosovo, and even in Ramadi, Iraq where he earned his stage name by playing in "The Great Sand Box". It has now been over 20 years from that first weekend and he's only getting better!
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20+ years as a piper
7+ years incorporating bagpipes into Rock, Pop, and Jazz.
Musical ensemble leader (USMC).
Musical ensemble logistical chief (USMC).
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