JHB P&D

About Us

JHB P&D is a Johannesburg based bagpiping company started by two friends and bandsmen for the Transvaal Scottish, Calvin McMenamin and Brogan Muir. We specialize in adding that traditional highland flair to your event and cater for weddings, funerals, corporate events and much more! We strive to deliver quality musicianship and a precise, well-presented performance to all of our customers.

Calvin McMenamin

Calvin is a dedicated bagpiper with ten years of experience. He is a piper for one of South Africa’s premier bands, The Transvaal Scottish. Calvin Began playing the pipes in January 2007 under the tutelage of Gary Davies at his school, St Benedicts College in Bedfordview. Calvin currently competes locally in the grade 2 category, which is the highest category available in the country with the prestigious grade 1 bands only found overseas.

Calvin has been part of the Transvaal Scottish since late 2012 and has been with the band when they claimed victory at the South African Championships in 2013, 2015 and 2018. He has also represented South Africa with the band at the World Pipeband Championships in Glasgow in the Grade 3A category.

Calvin has performed at many big events across South Africa. Some of these being the South African Tattoo, Big Brother Mzanzi – Johannesburg’s famous reality television show, and Oppikoppi festival. Calvin is a well-rounded piper with an extensive repertoire and can keep audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds entertained. Calvin has much experience playing for funerals, weddings, and corporate events and is versatile enough to adapt his piping to suit any occasion. He comes strongly recommended by those he has worked with and will be an invaluable addition to your event.

Brogan Muir

Brogan is an experienced musician and creative with over 11 years experience in pipe band snare drumming. Like Calvin, Brogan is also part of the Transvaal Scottish as the leading snare drummer of the Grade 3 Transvaal Scottish Pipeband – otherwise known as the “Drum Sergeant”. Through the Transvaal Scottish, Brogan has gained great experience in many settings and events when it comes to traditional Scottish Music.

During Brogans work hours he is a freelance Audio engineer in the entertainment industry specialising in TV and Film. He has much experience with regard to Directing and Production of creative audiovisual content within the entertainment and corporate industries.

A combination of Brogan’s experience in Musical performance as well as behind the scenes adds great value to the Johannesburg Pipes and Drums team.

“I have made use of Calvin’s Services as a piper on several occasions, and recieved very positive feedback from the families everytime. He is always on time, very properly dressed, and always able to assist the families with whatever music they wish to have played on the bagpipes. When it comes to conduct, ability, and presentation, he is most definitely number one on my list.”

Rudi van Heerden

Funeral Director, Sonja Smith Funeral Group
“Calvin has played the bagpipes for the Randburg Harriers KFC Night race for the last several years. His stirring music is outstanding and he has an extensive repertoire. Runners who have passed him and been stimulated by his pipes always pass on compliments to us. He has unfailingly given RH reliable and punctual service. We will be using him again at our 2017 event and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”

Sarah Crooks

Club Secretary, Randburg Harriers Running Club

Pricing

Here at JHBP&D, we use a package pricing system. For any event, our customers can choose whether they would want a lone piper or a piper accompanied by a snare drummer. All packages are fully customizable and can be altered to suit your needs. Feel free to contact us to arrange your custom package now!

Weddings

Pipes and Drums

R2400
  • Entrance and/or exit from the venue.
  • Background piping and drumming before or after the ceremony as required.​​​

Funerals

Gold Pipers Package

R1300
  • Entrance and/or exit from the venue.
  • Additional piping at the cemetery, during the wake or while refreshments are served after the service.

Gold Pipes and Drums

R2600
  • Entrance and/or exit from the venue.
  • Additional piping at the cemetery, during the wake or while refreshments are served after the service.

Birthdays

Pipes and Drums

R2200
  • Half an hour of playing time.
  • Special highland ‘happy birthday’ played on the bagpipes.

Piping Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn the bagpipes but never known where to start? Well look no further! JHB P&D offers exclusive private piping lessons for any skill level. Students are required to provide their own instruments.

Other Events

We are not limited only to the above-listed events and can cater for everything from formal media functions to golf days. Feel free to email us to organize a piper for your corporate events, open-air functions or any other event that you feel needs that special highland touch.

The T’s and C’s

Travel costs are added to the package price at R4.00 per km outside 20km from our base of operations. Travel costs are charged individually per player so as to cover each player’s travel costs. All prices listed above are excluding travel fees. In the unlikely event that a tune is requested which is not already known to our piper and/or drummer, an additional fee of R100 per unknown tune requested, per player will be charged for sourcing the music and committing it to memory. For any event type not listed – or to customize a package – send us an email so that we can give you the best prices and advice for your needs.

Additional pipers and drummers can also be arranged should you require a larger performance at your event. Please contact us for personalized pricing options should this be the case.

A late cancellation fee of 50% of the agreed price will be incurred if bookings are cancelled within 48 hours of the event. The fee will be payable in full if the booking is cancelled on the day.

Payment can be via cash or EFT. We require a 50% deposit to secure a booking and the balance of the fee is payable before job commencement on the day. Cash on arrival is also accepted however we will require being paid in full before playing commences.

For events that are further than 200km from our base of operations, accommodation must be provided for our musicians. The accommodation must be paid/compensated for by the client, separately of the fee charged for the event.

By confirming a booking with www.johannesburgpiper.com, the client agrees to the above terms and conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

IS MY EVENT TOO 'DIFFERENT' TO HIRE A PIPER?
Not at all. In fact, you’ll be surprised at some of the places we are hired to play at. Our experiences range from the most formal black tie media events to playing for golf days and even marathons like Muddy Princess or the Randburg Harriers Valentines Day Race.
HOW DO I HIRE A PIPER?
To hire a piper (or a piper and a drummer), simply consult our Pricing page and decide on the best package to suit your needs. Then send us an email with details regarding your event and we will send you a personalized quote and help tailor the package to your needs if need be.
WHEN DO I NEED TO BOOK BY?
Bookings must be done at least five working days before the event is to take place. However, we may still be able to accommodate late bookings depending on availability. A late cancellation fee of 50% of the agreed price will be incurred if bookings are cancelled within 48 hours of the event. The fee will be payable in full if the booking is cancelled on the day.
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT POLICIES?
We require an EFT payment of 50% of the agreed price with proof of payment before the day of the event. The remaining fee is payable before job commencement on the day. Cash on arrival is also accepted. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more info.

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