Berkeley Bagpiper Player

Fred is a champion bagpiper, available for Berkeley area events, including weddings, anniversaries, memorials, funerals, graveside services, retirements, birthdays, graduations, banquets, community and corporate events, conventions, grand openings, country clubs, golf tournaments, wineries, festivals, fund raisers, reunions, showers, and studio sessions.

Three time Western U.S. Bagpiping Solo Champion Fred Payne will perform as a bagpipe player/soloist for your event in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. Fred is available for events in Central and Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Reno. Fred performed recently with San Francisco Opera (2011), The California Symphony (2010), The Napa Valley Symphony (2008), and The Diablo Symphony (2008). Fred is an active member of the Western U.S. Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA).

“Fred was absolutely the best. He made the party so special. He was professional and very accommodating. We would absolutely recommend him again. His songs were perfect and he was a true Scottish class act. I would be happy to provide any future references.” — Sandra S, Emerald Hills, CA, 3/19/2011

View special wedding information here.

View special funeral/memorial service information here.

Learn to play the pipes! Fred also offers bagpipe lessons.

Last-minute bookings with as little as 2 hours notice are accepted. Please do not hesitate to call with spur-of-the-moment or emergency bookings!