Jane Riley’s Review from The Bash

Reviewed on: Sun, 04/28/2024

Gig ID: 4613946 ·

Funeral ·

Princeton, NJ

Gary was very clear about what his services would be. He was on time and very kind. His playing was superb and I can’t recommend him highly enough. He made a very sad occasion of burying my brother in law seem special and memorable. Thank you Gary!

Funeral Played Recently in South Jersey

We stumbled upon gigsalad as we googled a local bagpiper. In the most difficult of times for our family, Gary responded to our need. Truthfully we didn’t know what we needed…only that we wanted a bagpiper at this celebration of life. Gary not only responded to our message, just politely asked if he could call (at midnight)…we were so relieved and truly blessed when Gary worked thru the funeral with us. He gave us ideas and suggestions, to accommodate our requests. On the day of, we had a slight change and he stepped right in to help us.

Everyone was very impressed with him and we had about 30 firemen in our audience.
If I ever have the need again. Gary will be my only choice.


  • Rating:Reviewer: Gayla Garren
  • Event Date: January 27th, 2024
  • Services Provided: Bagpiper

Funeral played in Upper Darby


Thank you for your services 

It was perfect. Everyone loved it. It was a perfect goodbye for my best friend 

I will keep you in mind for future events. 

Michael Lasorsa

Funeral Played in Philadelphia

Maggie F has submitted the following review for Gig ID #4501232:


Client Review


Gary was a pleasure to work with. He was professional, kind and ensured that we were involved in selections. He went above and beyond to ensure that he knew exactly how to navigate the funeral procession and cemetery logistics. His music was wonderful and still warms our hearts. Much thanks to Gary for making this day a perfect send off. Gary is your Guy if you need a non-stress choice. Thank you


Client Ratings


Maggie gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):

  • Professionalism: 5
  • Accommodating: 5
  • Overall Talent: 5
  • Recommendation: 5
  • Overall satisfaction: 5

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Performance at Brunswick Mall on St Patrick’s Day 2023

Review received on 4/7/2023

Great Performance!

Everyone enjoyed watching and hearing the back stories! Would definitely recommend and hire again!

  • Reviewer: Jackie O’Leary
  • Event Date: March 17th, 2023
  • Services Provided: Bagpiper
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Funeral played in Morrisville, PA on Saturday, February 4th, 2023

 For Funeral played on 1/11/23 in Belmawr, NJ



You did an extraordinary job.  You will be my only reference if ever asked for a piper.   Thank you for being a consummate professional.  

Please stay safe,

John Scott Thomson

Former Camden, NJ Police Chief



For Funeral played on 8/29/22 in Hulmeville, PA



 Thank you for your great performance at our Memorial Service for Life Member Chris DeVicaris.  

 The arrangements were complex & you made it look easy.  Your Bagpiping is first class.


 Rich McCullough


Wm. Penn Fire Company

Hulmeville, Pennsylvania


 Gig 4219125 Funeral- submitted by Mark Marcelis  7/2/22

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper in terms of their professionalism? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how accommodating was Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper in handling special requests for your event? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper in terms of their overall talent? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how strongly would you recommend Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper to a friend? Score: 5

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate your overall satisfaction with Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper? Score: 5

Additional Comments:
Very professional and prompt. Highly recommend!


YOU WERE AWESOME!!! Thank you so much!!!!

It meant a great deal to all of us.

Pleasure doing business with you.

Geoff Dlin


Hello there.

We spoke today at the graveside service. I would like to keep you in mind for further funeral work that needs to incorporate bagpipes. I am new to Logan Funeral Homes, but I really like to work with families to include things that go above and beyond the normal.

Thanks again

John Andrew Bellner

Funeral Director



Good Evening Gary,

My family and I would like to thank you for playing at my father’s service this morning.  You helped make the service even more memorable.


Bob Lucas and Family

Gig 4095524 – submitted by Chuck Keller

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper in terms of their professionalism? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how accommodating was Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper in handling special requests for your event? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper in terms of their overall talent? Score: 5

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how strongly would you recommend Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper to a friend? Score: 5

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate your overall satisfaction with Gary Guth -Professional Bagpiper? Score: 5

Additional Comments:
The Bash & Gary Guth were so easy to deal with over the phone & through email. Gary Guth professionalism, uniform, and playing the bagpipes were truly breathtaking. I highly recommend Gary Guth for your event.








Review received on 10/18/21

“Our Dad, a descendant of Scots, would  have appreciated the dignity that Gary’s piping provided to his interment service. Gary included both Dad’s choices and ours in his repertoire and we recommend him for all occasions where a piper is needed.”


Don Richardson

Review received on 9/9/2021

A shining moment

Gary provided a beautiful service for my grandmothers burial. It was very appreciated. Communication was phenomenal.

  • Reviewer: Jackie Reid
  • Event Date: September 3rd, 2021
  • Services Provided: Bagpiper
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5


Please accept my sincerest gratitude for the kindness you showed in the remembrance of my brother Gerry’s life.  Your music was truly beautiful! Be safe and well.  My best to you.

John Devlin.

Moms Funeral 

Dear Mr. Guth,

I and my family would like to express our gratitude to you for your participation in my mother’s service this morning.  Your selections and superb performance of them made this somber event even more impactful.  Again I offer my heartfelt thanks.


Bob Lucas and family



Sisters Funeral

Hi Gary

Everyone at our post reception commented on the TERRIFIC Music & appearance of the piper

Its a must have at an Irish funeral !

Many thanks for your performance

plus you were so easy to work with

Great follow through

I am certain we will meet again

Best regards Chris Yeager

Mother’s Funeral

Gary played beautiful, traditional Scottish songs during my Mother’s funeral. It was raining during the ceremony, but he was playing when we arrived and continued to play until we all left. My family loved the music and I know my Mother would as well.

  • Reviewer: John Kay
  • Event Date: March 18th, 2021
  • Services Provided: Bagpiper
  • Rating: 5 out of 5


Gary, the bagpiper, made our dad’s 90th bday perfect. We can’t thank him enough on the wonderful performance! Plus, all the neighbors loved it too!

Jane Munro





Client Review


Gary, the bagpiper, made our dad’s 90th bday perfect. We can’t thank him enough on the wonderful performance! Plus, all the neighbors loved it too!




Client Ratings


Jane gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
  • Professionalism: 5
  • Accommodating: 5
  • Overall Talent: 5
  • Recommendation: 4.5
  • Overall satisfaction: 5
Jim Kuhner

“Gary, I’m sorry we didn’t get to speak with you earlier today. Everyone enjoyed the music you provided us with at the grave side. Thank you for a wonderful send off for my dad”
Jim Kuhner

​”Hi Gary, I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful performance last Saturday. You were a highlight of a very joyous occasion. If you could have only seen the people dancing on the bridge behind you as they passed!

It is wonderful tradition!
All the best to you!”

Gena Scanlan

​Thank you Gary!
We thoroughly enjoyed your company and your talent. I appreciate you being so accommodating and making my last minute idea come to an easy fruition. It was a success!

My dad was very happy, all smiles, and will definitely always remember his 80th birthday. My goal was reached.

I hope that your wedding gig was as big of a hit. Wishing you much success in all you do. Thank you again for sharing yourself and your musical gifts with us. You made the day!



“Funeral Piper Gary’s beautiful bagpiping was a lovely send off for my Irish mother. He was professional, on time and understood what and where to play for our somber occasion.”
Annette Walker

“Great Bagpiper. Gary was professional and did an excellent job. Would recommend him to others for an event.”
Greg Knittel

Gary, Thanks so much for joining us at Gwynedd Square church today. The bagpipes gave the service a boost and we’ll be talking about it for a long while (all good!) I wish you continued success as you reach out with your talent!
Jeff Varner

“Gary was amazing! This lucky bride got to the church early and got to hear him play!”
Kayle B.

“Gary – this email is disgracefully late in coming to you. I am sorry I did not get to properly talk to you the day of my moms funeral as things were coming up last minute that we had not thought of and i was running around like a crazy women. I sincerely want to thank you for providing music to the day. We had so many compliments on this piece of the memorial service. I know mom would have liked it very much! Thank you again for doing this for us. All the best to you!”


Wendy Wolfrum

“Gary’s appearance and performance was excellent. He was there ahead of schedule and performed several songs as people entered the church. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”
Andrew G

“​Hello Gary,

My apologies. I’ve been remiss is sending you my thanks for your beautiful playing at the funeral of my dear friend Ginny Johnston on March 29th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Having a piper play at her funeral was a special request that my friend made of me in her last days, so having it done right was very important to me. This was a friendship that went back over 50 years. You didn’t let me down – everything was exactly as I requested and I am deeply grateful.”

Best regards,

Kathy McGurk

“Great BagpiperGary was professional and did an excellent job. Would recommend him to others for an event.”
Greg Knittel

“Funeral PiperGary’s beautiful bagpiping was a lovely send off for my Irish mother. He was professional, on time and understood what and where to play for our somber occasion.”
Annette Walker

“Gary was extremely professional and played the bagpipes beautifully for my dads funeral. We are originally from Scotland so it was very moving to have the bagpipes played. I highly recommend him, he did a great job!”
Karen FRanzOn

“Gary, I am dropping you a few lines to let you know that my mailman knocked at the door approximately 1515 this afternoon to have me sign for the pipes. They are amazing! I’m smiling from ear to ear. I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me. Cheers!

Gary was amazing!”

Rich C.

Just wanted to let you know that your performance at our wedding yesterday was fantastic! Thanks again for a great job! Everyone really enjoyed it!!”
Sue Guthrie

“Gary did a great job!
First of all, when I requested a quote, Gary was the only person to personally contact me about the gig. This impressed me. He was very flexible, on time, and performed perfectly. I highly recommend him to everyone.”

“Gary is the real thing! Entertaining and can he play the pipes! It was the best surprise for my Mom’s 90th birthday…. He was the hit of the party! I will call him again! MANY THANKS GARY.”
Nancy H.

“Gary was on time and the music was wonderful. It was obvious that Gary had a lot of experience playing at funerals. He knew right where to be at all times during the ceremony, when to play and when not to play. He found his way to the cemetary plot without any of my intervention. He played all the songs I requested and he played them all well. Thanks Gary. I would recommend Gary’said services whole heartily.”
William C.

“Excellent – professional, friendly and very willing to work with us.”
Dennis M.

“Gary was outstanding at my mother-in-law’s funeral. He was on time and played a variety of Irish songs that made all of us happy. My whole family loved the bagpiper from Bucks County. We will definitely Hire Gary again in the future.”
Eric W.

“Gary, Thank you so very much. Just like for my dad, your music filled our hearts today. All of us thought it was perfect.
I’m sure my sister loved it too.
Thank you.”
Megan Connell

“Hi Gary, thank you so much for everything on Saturday, it was wonderful. I am still getting compliments about your playing!!! Good luck in all your endeavors. Please feel free to use me as a reference!!!”
Maureen Angelucci

Everything about it was perfect. From you taking the time to review the plan with me the night before to the church to the cemetery..you were professional and impressive in every facet. Thank you very much.”
Joseph Coyle

“Gary did a great job. He put the final touch on my father in laws funeral.”
Tim B.

“Gary came to the Nassau Inn to play the pipes for a Scottish Wedding and was a high point of the ceremony. He is personally charming and very talented – we would recommend him absolutely!”
Shirley S.

“I booked Gary to play at my family cremains interment service. We had a very informative and satisfactory phone discussion about the service beforehand. He arrived promptly and played while my guests arrived, even though it was a brisk and windy Autumn day. We were all impressed with his playing and respectful demeanor. I would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking a piper.”
Anne B.

“Gary played my birthday party, and was terrific. Made the party!”
Jeff B.

“Excellent Bagpiper. Despite the circumstances, everyone thoroughly enjoyed Gary Guth’s performance at my husband’s Celebration of Life funeral ceremony. In fact, my niece was singing along to ‘Amazing Grace’. I was especially pleased with his selection of tunes in addition to the songs I had requested.”
Dorothy Ferguson

“Could not have had a better person for our nana’s funeral. Gary was there before us and playing as the funeral procession arrived. He stopped at the right times and started back up after the ceremony, playing the requested song and more while we laid flowers on the casket. After everything finished he ended his song and quietly departed. He understood the needs of the event and it was a very nice sentiment to have him play.”
Satisfied Client

Just to let you know how pleased we were with your piping and accompanying Olivia for her two Scottish dances. It is as if you two had always been a team! It was quite brilliant. Thanks very much.”


Randi Myer

I wrote:

“Jim, When you asked me the balance, I said $200.00 as most of the deposits that I take for local weddings is $50.00 on a credit card. I forgot that you had paid ½ by check. I will be happy to return the difference to you. I should have looked up your balance before I came. I apologize.”
– Gary Guth

He wrote me back:
“Gary, Keep it –
You were worth every penny!
I get the feeling we will see you again.
Thanks for being there for our day.”


“Gary was awesome! A true professional and was patient despite the delay in the service. This guy plays a mean bagpipe!”
Francis D.

“Hi Gary, I didn’t get a chance to talk to you but I wanted to thank you for a beautiful job. Thank you so much for withstanding that cold, It meant a lot to us. I will highly recommend you to anyone who needs a bagpiper. Again, thank you!”

“Gary, Thank you for helping make this a memorable event for all, and, most importantly, for the birthday girl who really enjoyed your performance. Take care.”



“Thank you so much Gary, for putting the finishing the finishing touches on a celebration of my wonderful mom’s life celebration. It was lovely.”
Mary Anne Whalen

“Gary did a fantastic job playing at my wedding. He was prompt, professional, and most importantly a great musician!”
Melissa M.

“He was great! My guests raved about the about the awesome bagpiper – Thank you!”
Amanda K.

“Gary was outstanding. Very communicative ahead of the event. On time. Professional. Talented. Engaging.”
Leigh Irvin

“Had Gary play at an event almost 3 years ago and was very pleased. Contacted him for another event recently, and an emergency caused Gary to send a substitute musician. Gary kept me informed and I had not doubts about proceeding. Everything worked out beautifully. I have no reservations about recommending Gary 100%.”
Tom Frawley

“Gary, As I said last week, lessons have been great. I didn’t expect such a positive and motivating experience, and I am excited about my next step….joining a band. I will let you know how I progress.
Thanks for everything. I look forward to keeping in touch.”
Pat Wherry

“I could not have been happier regarding Gary’s’ performance at my most special event! I got married and got the idea to book a bagpiper shortly before our wedding. Gary was very accommodating with such short notice, was extremely professional in every way. I was late arriving at the church and thought I would have missing seeing him, but he stayed until I arrived. I was so happy to see him playing when our limo pulled up. He was an excellent performer and made a beautiful appearance. I received very positive feedback from my guests who loved listening to him when they arrived. I would definitely hire Gary again in the future for another special event!!!”
Lisa S.

“Gary: I drove to work today with my Big, Slow and Open CD. I listened to it to learn the melodies of the tunes.
Thanks for the advice. You are a wonderful teacher. Thanks for taking me as a student.”
Gregg Sylvester

“Gary, thank you for coming and playing your pipes today. It was beautiful and everyone really loved it. Some approached me afterward and said it was the first time they heard the bagpipes and they really enjoyed it. Thanks again.”

“The bagpipes are fabulous. My son is sooooo happy, and has not stopped practicing. I know that he will enjoy this next step of his piping lessons. And, I think he’ll be a piper for life.
Also, William was very impressed and pleased with the sound. I think he was equally as excited as my son.
I will call you next week with the authorization to charge the final amount. At that point, I will need an itemized statement or “appraisal” for insurance purposes that includes all the elements of the instrument and the total cost. The insurance company asked if there is a serial number, and William didn’t think so.
Again, many thanks for all your assistance.”
Karen Ray

“Well you outdid yourself, the Dunfion Bagpipes are fantastic. At least as long as my lips last, it is amazing how fast you loose small muscle control. They are also things of beauty, my complements to Mr. Murdo! Thanks.”

“Gary, Thank you very much for your wonderful performance and educational presentation about the pipes.
Everyone enjoyed your music and you gave us everything we had hoped for.
Tim and Terry Matthews

“Hello Gary.
Thank you SO very much for the beautiful performance you gave at my son’s wedding! I am exhausted! You looked very dramatic between the columns and I was sorry for you that it was so darn hot. Everyone enjoyed your playing greatly.”


Jean MacKenzie

“Hi Gary, Thank-you again for your services today. Everything went well and I know the family appreciated having you play. I will keep you in mind for future events as well. Thanks again!”
Kathleen Smith

“Dear Gary, I wanted to thank you again SOOO MUCH!, for participating in our American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event. You and your music added just the perfect touch to our Luminaria Ceremony and really captured the spirit of the solemness of the ceremony. I can say enough that you were the perfect person for what we were looking for in a bagpiper and I feel I made the perfect choice by having you there. I also want to thank you for your generous donation to our event. I’m writing the amount out now in equivalence to what you are crediting me and putting it in your name. Awesome! I am also going to give you a commercial on my radio shows. Wendy and I do a Relay for Life show on Fri at 1:10pm and I do a weekly radio call in/talk show on WBCB 1490AM. Mondays at 4:30pm. If you get a chance, please listen in. You truly are a great person!”
Fred Fletcher,

East Penn Automotive Repair and ACS RFL Event Chair

“Hi Mr. Guth, I just wanted to thank you for playing at my husband, Robert Smith’s service at the National Cemetery on last Monday, May 23rd. It was very tough day, but the service was amazing. I loved the way you played & just wish I could have heard & talked to you more!! I will definitely recommend you to others & hopefully one day, I will have a happier occasion to hire you! Thank you again”


Julie Smith

“Dear new friend, Have a great picture to send you as soon as I get back from my children and granddaughters in D.C.”

“PS everyone loved your music, your singing, and YOUR PERSONALITY!”


“Gary, Thank you so much for all you did for my ex boyfriends fathers funeral. It was very touching and everyone was saying how wonderful you are. They were also impressed that you made it to the cemetery before us. Thank you again and I wish you well. Take care.”
Toni Nicolo

“I just want to tell you that everyone loved your presentation. They were still talking about it on Saturday at the wedding. My Dad just couldn’t get enough . He was upset that I didn’t have you at the wedding. Thank you so much. It will be something that they will remember and talk about for years to come. Thank you so very much for a great memory.”
Sharon Hardy

Mrs Day just left a very congratulatory message about how wonderful her piper was. She’s tickled pink. I told her we only handle the creme de la creme.
So thanks from her & I Gary

“Dear Gary, I am so sorry I didn’t get to thank you in person on Tuesday. Your playing at my father’s funeral was absolutely beautiful. You looked fantastic, the music was wonderful, and I am certain that Dad would have loved it.You certainly made the day special.”


Clare O. Doyle

“Dear Gary, Your beautiful and soulful piping gave great comfort to my friend Clare O’Brien Doyle and her family at her father’s funeral yesterday. I want you to know how much it was appreciated. I would certainly pass your name on to anyone who is in need of a piper for any circumstances, happy or mournful. Thanks again for sharing your time and talent with the assembled group.”


Louise Aucott

“Hi Gary, Our wedding and honeymoon were just great and I can’t tell you how many people had great compliments for you and how great the your were at our ceremony! You did a wonderful job I just can’t thank you enough. I will definitely let you know when we get the video we aren’t supposed to get it until mid-November so I will call or email you when it comes in.
Thanks Again.”

“P.S- lots of compliments from my Granddad’s funeral as well”

Liz & Brian Russell

“Hi Gary…. Thank you for the excellent piping and for saving the day with that dumb limo driver. Kristin and Anthony enjoyed your piping immensely and it added so much to the wedding ceremony. I also filled out your Gigmasters’ review and I hope it helps generate more opportunities for you. Please feel free to use me for a reference at any time.
Thanks again.”

“Dear Gary, For months I’ve been wanting to send you a thank you note as I did so many others yet had no address for you. Finally found this e-mail address and hope this message gets to you.
To say that the bagpipes were beautiful in every way is an understatement. My Mom wouldn’t have requested them but I love them and just believe it is a wonderful way to honor the deceased person’s life. To me it was a great and honorable tribute to a beautiful and loving mother.
Thank you very much. Many were moved in their hearts and souls.
I apologize for this late response.”
Judy Clime

“Gary, You did a wonderful job at our daughter’s wedding! Thank you and we will not hesitate to recommend you to any of our friends. Thanks again.”
Mary Barton

You really saved the day with your amazing rendition of our Nations Anthem. The guests were so moved, it really meant a lot. Thank you.

Anyway, you are amazing and I promise that you will be in my heart for eternity. You made our wedding day so special and truly personal.

FYI, you are in my families hearts forever. You’re in Mark’s and my hearts forever. You are one of the most important people in our lives for what you did for us. Thank you does not sum it up.
God Bless you and your family.



“Hi, Gary, Thanks so much for your musical part in yesterday’s surprise party!
Everyone raved about you.

“Dear Gary: Thank you very much for your wonderful performance. Everyone was so impressed! I received calls from all the partygoers today and they all said that not only was your playing beautiful, your talk on Scottish history and the story of the bagpipe was fascinating. Everything was so first rate and professional! Gary, I’d like to do this again next year (my relatives are demanding it). Could you put me down for January 26, 2008?”

Best regards,

Pat Dooley

“Hey there! I just wanted to thank you again for helping me make our day a little more special! I appreciated everything!
Thanks again!”
Debbie Cahill

“Hi Gary, Thank you for a spectacular job piping at Andrea’s wedding!”
Anne Menotti

“Thank you Gary, You did a great job! The bride was very happy.”
Paula Mentrikoski

“Dear Mr Guth, We wish to thank you for the excellent piper who played at our son’s wedding on June 24th. The guests and passersby were thrilled by the sounds of the pipes and it really set the tone for a joyful and important occasion. Your response and business statements were very professional. Once again, thank you so much.”
Marguerite Cole

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