Mark Haynes (Bagpipe Moments)

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My name is Mark Haynes and I have been playing the Highland Bagpipes for over 40 years and I have been lucky enough to have played at Earls Court, Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court, Wilton House, Science Museum, Tower of London, Household Cavalry Barracks, HMS Collingwood, Horse Guards Parade, Portland Castle, Reading & Brentford FC's, BBC Television Centre, most of the London Park Lane & Strand Hotels and various superb Golf Courses. Living in the Thames Valley I am able to undertake engagements in Central/ West London together with those in Surrey and the surrounding counties (Sussex, Berkshire, Hampshire, Middx, Oxon, Bucks, Wilts, Herts). I started learning as a lad in the 10th Hounslow Boys' Brigade, then joined the Pride of Murray Pipe Band, and now play with the Reading Scottish Pipe Band as well as the Surrey Pipe Band . Depending of the type of engagement you have in mind I can either wear Full Highland dress as in the picture on this page or Day dress (as on Burns Night page) I can also wear the - Royal Stewart tartan [red] or Murray of Atholl [green] / Cameron of Erracht [red/green] if you have any preference.

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Mark's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Denise C
29 days ago
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5 out of 5

Mark took the time to ensure we had the music we wanted played, and kept in close communication with arrangements. Feedback from guests was very positive saying he sounded great and looked very smart. Mark provided an excellent start to our daughter’s wedding and would highly recommend him.

Rachel S
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Mark was a fantastic addition to our wedding. He took time to understand exactly what we wanted and carried it out to perfection. Thank you Mark!

Jane H
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

We were delighted with Mark's music and appearance at our anniversary party, it was a really good fun start to our celebration, everyone enjoyed the surprise! Thanks Mark, we will highly recommend you to our friends. Jane & Richard H

Lorna G
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

We booked Mark for our mum's funeral and he was outstanding. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet beforehand but the communication was professional, concise and clear. As a Scottish family we have heard and hired many a Bagpiper, but Mark is definitely up there at the top. Everyone said how amazing he was. Once again Mark, thank you so very much

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From other customers:

7 years ago

Mark was absolutely fantastic! Everything I requested he was able to do, great communication in preparation for the night. If I ever need a bag piper again or any of my friends need one I would highly recommend mark! Amazing all round thank you- very happy : )

Melissa C
8 years ago

Mark was brilliant would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a piper for any event, very professional service.

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Mark's Song list

Below is a sample list of Tunes
Happy Birthday
Flowers of the Forest
Scotland the Brave
Mhairi’s Wedding
The Roses of Prince Charlie
The Battle of Killiecrankie
Flower of Scotland
Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne
Stop yet Tickling Jock
I Love a Lassie
Highland Laddie
Barren Rocks of Aden
Corriechoillie’s Welcome
Earl of Mansfield
High Road to Gairloch
Battle of the Somme
The Heights of Dargai
Green Hills of Tyrol
When the Battle’s Over
Land of My Youth
Castle Dangerous
Salute to Wootton Bassett
Colin’s Cattle My Land
P/M Thomas Quinlan Orr
In the Bar
Flett from Flotta
Loch Ruan
Within a Mile o’ Edinburgh Toon
The Rose of Allandale
The Galloway Hills
Bonnie Gallowa’
Rowan Tree
The Meeting of the Waters
51st Highland Division
Lord Lovat’s Lament
Crags of Tumbledown
Falkland Palace
The Cock of the North
Glendaruel Highlanders
Piobaireachd o’ Donald Dubh
The Atholl Highlanders
10th H.L.I. Crossing the Rhine
John D. Burgess
My Home
A Hundred Pipers
Ballad of Glencoe
Paddy’s Leather Breeches
Bonnie Dundee
Skye Boat Song
Orange and Blue
Piper of Drummond
Banjo Breakdown
Farewell to Camraw
Andy’s Lullaby
When the Pipers Play
Dark Island
Loudon’s Bonnie Woods and Braes
Kneevie Kneevie Knick Knack
We’re No Awa’ Tae Bide Awa’
Black Bear
Bells of Dunblane
Sands of Kuwait
Liberton Pipe Band
Piper’s Polka
Jimmy Findlater
Cabar Feidh
Intercontinental Gathering Toronto 1972
Bonnie Lass o’Fyvie
Cockney Jocks
Prince Edward Island
Jingle Bells
Good King Wencelas
O Come All Ye Faithful
Blue Bonnets Leaving
Port Askaig
Pipe Major J. K. Cairns
Cullen Bay
The above is not an exhaustive list and depending on whether I already know a tune and it fits with the bagpipes notes I might be able to play your request if it's not listed above.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Traditional Tunes and Uniform, along with Communication, Timeliness and Perfomance

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Wembley, Tower of London, Hampton Court as well of lots of more private local occasions

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Some of the top pipers, including traditional and modern rock

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Andre Rieu at Wembley Area

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try to be flexible as live never runs to plan, and I want your occassion to run smoothly, so if anything changes please ring me and lets discuss.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Most popular tunes are available on Youtube, you if you have a special request, ask and I see if first it can be played on the bagpipes and secondly whether I know the tune.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive 30 mins before the ocassion to understand the layput of the function and gather last minute guidance.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I play traditional scottish tunes, and try to select tunes that everyone knows, so they can clap and sing-a-long

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I bring everything

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Sometimes depending on the complexity and whether me playing a singular instrument (without backing) will be a ggod choice
Scottish music, Military, Marching, Traditional church music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Arranger
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