Ancient and mystical, traditional Scottish bagpipes turn any event into a Memorable occasion

Nelson Mandela Artillery Bagpipes & Drums perform at a number of prestigious events, private functions, and festivals, in Cape Town and surrounding areas. We have been proud to perform at the annual opening of Parliament, the military tattoo, the Knysna festival and many more. We are also available for hire to perform at private functions such as weddings, funerals, birthdays, corporate events and other special occasions.

Whether you need solo bagpiper, piper, and drummer, mini band or the full band please contact us to discuss how to add some magic to your banquet.

weddings

Nelson Mandela Artillery bagpipes and Drums playing at a wedding

Bagpipes and drums bring a unique sound and atmosphere to your most memorable day

You are ready to tie the knot to your forever friend and wondering how to give your wedding a unique musical flare? Maybe you have Scottish or Irish descent and want to bring traditional Celtic melodies to your wedding ceremony, or maybe you just want a unique experience for you and your guests. Why not hire a solo bagpiper, a piper and a drummer, mini band or full band for your wedding?

Yes, of course, we can supply a solo piper, piper and drummer, mini band or full band. We can offer the following services for your ceremony:

  • Arrive early before guests arrive, be positioned to greet your guests
  • Pipe the bride from the wedding car to the ceremony – what away to settle any last-minute bridal nerves!
  • If requested, play bride up the aisle
  • Play a few tunes as guests leave the ceremony
  • Available for any photos you may wish to take

Yes, of course, we can supply a solo piper, piper and drummer, mini band or full band. We can offer the following services for your ceremony:

  • Pipes as guests arrive at the reception venue and welcome the newly married couple
  • Piper can pipe to let guests know that bride and groom are coming to take their seats at their table
  • Piper can offer to announce that its time to cut the cake by playing a tune

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Funerals

A lone piper playing in front of a coffin at a funeral

Bagpipes and drums at a funeral invoke strong and powerful emotions that words alone cannot.

Music is an important part of any funeral service. The bagpipes have been commemorating the loss of loved ones for hundreds of years. Many people associate bagpipes with funerals, and this is because of the deep haunting and soulful sounds the bagpipes make offers an emotional tribute, and at the same time celebrates the life of a loved one. Because of the particularly mournful sound the bagpipes make, they make it perfect for “Amazing Grace” and other moving hymns.

Yes, of course, we can supply a solo piper, piper and drummer, mini band or full band

The bagpipes can be utilised at any point during the funeral service. Typically the bagpiper will perform at either the Funeral Mass at the chapel or at the Interment at the cemetery or both.

Before the memorial service:

  • When the funeral procession arrives, the piper takes up a position the rear door of the hearse. When the doors of the hearse open, the piper or band starts playing and leads the procession into the church/venue.

During the memorial service:

  • The piper or band can play at any point during the service as requested.

After the memorial service:

  • The piper or band plays as the casket is being carried out. The piper may lead the procession out of the church to the hearse, when the back door of the hearse closes, the piper can continue playing till the hearse leaves and is out of site.

Yes, of course, we can supply a solo piper, piper and drummer, mini band or full band.

When the funeral procession arrives, the piper takes up a position at the rear door of the hearse. When the doors of the hearse open, the piper starts playing and leads the procession into the graveside or into the internment location.

At the conclusion of the service, the piper can continue to play while mourners often place flowers on the gravesite.

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Birthdays

A Royal Stewart tartan background with birthday cakes that feature bagpipes

Ideal for making an entrance! Why not surprise your loved one with a bagpiper or piping band?

A bagpiper or pipe band playing for a friend or family members special birthday is a great surprise and makes the birthday all the more memorable and one your friends and family will never forget.  Of course, “Happy Birthday” can be played on the pipes, where everyone can join in with the singing. Bagpipes really make your party stand out from the rest and why not use bagpipes to pipe in a new chapter in your life.

Yes, of course, we can supply a solo piper, piper and drummer, mini band or full band.

We can offer the following services for your birthday celebration:

  • Piping into the party from outside the venue.
  • Wishing the guest of honour a happy birthday
  • Asking for requests and playing them (if possible)
  • Playing Happy Birthday on the bagpipes/drums
  • Piping in the birthday cake
  • Playing a number of traditional tunes and jigs and reels to get feet tapping
  • Ending with Auld Lang Syne

Of course, we can!

We can also offer to play some traditional tunes, jigs, and reels to get feet tapping.

We can even take requests with enough notice to learn the music.

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corporate events and other special occasions

The Nelson Mandela Artillery bagpipes and drums leading a parade at the Tequila Festival

A powerful musical statement at your corporate event!

One of the keys to a successful corporate event is keeping your guests happy from the beginning to the end, and the corporate event entertainment you choose goes a long way to achieving this. There are few instruments worldwide that can soothe the soul and/or stir emotions like the Great Highland Bagpipes, adding professional and formal entertainment to any corporate event or function.

Yes, of course, we can supply a solo piper, piper and drummer, mini band or full band.

You don’t have to be Scottish to experience the emotion that can be generated by a lovely melody played well on a finely tuned set of bagpipes.

Nelson Mandela Artillery Pipes and Drums can perform at any type of corporate event or function, here are some examples:

  • Dinners
  • Conferences
  • Tour Groups
  • Launch ceremonies
  • Award ceremonies
  • Match entertainment
  • VIP visits
  • Scottish theme parties/events
  • Family reunions
  • Anniversary parties
  • St Patrick’s Day parties
  • Robert Burns parties
  • Sport events

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To book the Nelson Mandela Artillery Pipes & Drums for your special occasion no matter how big or small please fill in your detail below or contact us directly.





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Band of Brothers
Encore Highland Cathedral
Amazing Highland Finale
Scotland the Brave

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