Ben Gibbs

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Ben is a former Army piper and Grade 1 former piper with the Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band.
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Ben has been playing the bagpipes for over 20 years. He is a former Army piper, having served in 1st Battalion The Highlanders/4 Scots and played with The Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band. He played at the highest level in the pipe band world in Grade One, recently placing 5th in the European Pipe Band Championships and 7th overall in the World Pipe Band Championships. He has also recently performed live on stage with “Wet Wet Wet” in a sold out concert at Edinburgh Castle. He has previously played for The Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band, coming 1st in the qualifiers at the World Pipe Band Championships 2008 and placing 10th overall. In 2009, He played for the Grade One “Manawatu Scottish Society Pipe Band (New Zealand)”, placing 9th in the World Pipe Band Championships and following that he played with Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band. During his time in the Army, Ben participated in numerous high profile events including: • Performing live on BBC 1 for the Queen at Horseguards (London) • Playing for The Royal Family at The Royal Hospital Chelsea • The Edinburgh Tattoo • Performing for the Prime Minister of Australia in Canberra and Sydney • Playing for The President of Russia in Moscow • Performing at Buckingham Palace at The State Banquet for The Queen, hosting the King of Saudi Arabia and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. • A member of the Royal Guard in Ballater in 2006. Over the years he has also played in numerous tattoos, music festivals and events all over the world including England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Germany, the Isle of Man, Russia and Australia, such as: • Live on New Zealand breakfast TV • The Royal Yacht Britannia • On stage in Quimper (France) at the Festival de Cornouaille 2007 • On stage at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections 2008 • Featured on the BBC Show “Hairy Bikers” • On stage with Wet Wet Wet at a sold out Edinburgh Castle concert in 2017 Ben is available to play in standard day dress with jacket and waistcoat.

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Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional church music, Military
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Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, Transcription, Instrumental teaching, Accompanist, Ableton Live, Live looping
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Having played the bagpipes for over 20 years, I have a massively extensive repertoire.
Please get in touch if you have any special requests.
Please check out the below link for an idea of the tunes I play.


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Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£250
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From Encore customers:

Mrs I
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

Thankyou so much for playing at our daughters wedding on Saturday at The Parsonage. It couldn't have gone better and everyone appreciated what you did - above and beyond expectations and good to have someone with your experience and ideas. Highly recommended! ☺☺☺

From other customers:

6 years ago

We had Ben playing at our wedding on the 10th June. He was fantastic and could not have been more friendly and relaxed and was happy to play all the tunes we requested. There are a lot of good pipers out there but Ben is exceptional. Thank you so much!

6 years ago

Ben played at my sister's wedding and was absolutely superb! Lovely, welcoming and friendly. The guests were brilliantly entertained and the happy couple loved the "Piper's toast". Would highly recommend Ben! Thank you so much!