Harpist Marissa Knaub
See Marissa play "Jesu, Joy Of Mans Desiring" by Bach
See Marissa play "All I Ask Of You"
The Harp may be the most elegant of all instruments. Visually stunning
it creates an impact simply by sitting there but combine that with
the "heavenly" music it produces and you can see why it
is so often depicted being played by angels. The Harp does have
a fairly wide range of repertoire which can include Classical music,
Religious standards, Popular favorites, and a few special "harp"
The standard Wedding Ceremony performance includes 20-30 minutes
of Prelude music, plus the Processional, selections during the service,
the Recessional, and one or two Postlude pieces. It does very well
in a Ceremony setting because people are quieter than they are at
a Reception. Although it is primarily a solo instrument we have
successfully matched the Harp with Flute or Violin. The Harp may
also be able to accompany a Vocalist on a very limited basis and
often there is an extra charge for a separate rehearsal or for an
early arrival for a Pre-ceremony run through.
Harp can also be quite an attraction at a Reception, Banquet, or
Party where guests can get up close to the instrument and be totally
amazed at the dexterity and precision of the performers fingers
dancing across the strings. Having a chance to talk with the Harpist
and make requests is also very appealing to many guests. We have
not, however, perfected the Strolling Harp, so if a move from location
to location or even room to room is needed make sure you allow adequate
time between it takes to move such a large instrument and it needs
time to resettle and touch up the tuning. Some harpists do carry
amplification which can be helpful in a very large room and/or for
a large number of people. We have also been able to amplify the
Harp with microphone into the House PA system.
are only a few harpists with whom we work at all and two who do
almost all of our performances. They are fine players and very experienced
having done hundreds of Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, Private
Parties, and Corporate and Special Events of all kinds. They have
the talent, experience, and professionalism to make your Special
Event ... Extraordinary.
Harpist Beth Pifer
Trumpet makes for a "Grand Entrance" and "Grand Exit".
It certainly gets everyone's attention in a way other instruments
simply can't. For Weddings it works best for the Processional (Bride
and/or Bridesmaids entrance) and the Recessional (Groom and Bride's
exit). You may also wish to use the Trumpet for a Prelude song or
two before the service or even during the service itself. The most
popular accompaniment for a Trumpet is an Organ, Piano/Keyboards,
or String Ensemble. In a perfect world the String Quartet (or Quintet)
would be the best group to match up to the volume the Horn makes.
We have done it successfully with a String Trio and even a String
Duo. Everyone adjusts their playing to fit the situation and it
turns outs fine.
You may not have noticed this but there are actually 3 different
horns which can be used for a Wedding Ceremony performance. The
Piccolo Trumpet is a slightly smaller version which has a higher
crisper pitch and is the horn for which the most famous horn processional,
the Trumpet Voluntary, is written. It is more difficult to play
well but the results are brilliant. The standard Trumpet or Cornet
gives a broader warmer sound but still stirs the soul with its brassy
magnificence. All of the most popular horn pieces can be done on
The Herald Trumpet or Long trumpet is the horn most associated with
the Robin Hood-era royalty . Whenever it was played it meant that
something of importance was about to happen. Beautiful sound but
more for show you would want to make this/these player(s) visible
to the crowd for that eye-popping look. Some of these performers
even have costumes that will help fit that Renaissance theme.
Having a Piper as part of your day event makes for a dramatic impression.
Used mostly for a Wedding ceremony, Pipers can be part of any or
all of the following -
15-20 minutes of Prelude music as the guests arrive. Usually outside
of the Church/Ceremony location.
Lead the Groom's Processional
Lead the Bridesmaids Processional
Lead the Bride's Processional
Lead the Bride and Groom Recessional back up the aisle after the
Play 10-15 minutes of Postlude music as the guests depart.
Full traditional attire
Irish, Scottish, and American music available.
Piper George Balderose
Balderose, a piper with over twenty-five years of performing experience,
plays Scottish and Irish pipe music, as well as hymns, on the Great
Highland Bagpipe and various types of other pipes from Ireland and
Scotland. He has played for wedding services and special events
at many of Pittsburgh's churches.
During the 1990's he performed as a soloist at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City, at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh,
and four times as a guest artist in concert with the Pittsburgh
Symphony at Heinz Hall. He has also appeared in concert with Tom
Chapin and John McCutcheon, The River City Brass Band, 'Brigadoon'
with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and others. A New York Times
reviewer described George as having a "virtuoso's gift"
and in the words of another he is a "virtuosic piper".
In 1978 George founded and continues to instruct and serve as Director
of the Balmoral Schools of Highland Piping, a non-profit corporation
that produces educational sessions at four to five Universities
across the USA and which serve over 250 students each summer. Since
1989 he has been a member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Heritage
Affairs Commission's Traditional and Ethnic Arts Touring Program.
Piper Bill Fife
offer an amazing variety of Pianists and Keyboardists for all types
of events. John Garrick (see Keystring Duo), Jack Nicolette,
Craig Zinger, Lee Alverson, Dave Faith, John Burgh, and David Crisci
are a few of the highly qualified professional performers we represent.
Some specialize in certain styles while others do a broad repertoire
from Classical to Jazz. Let us know if there is a certain
style of music you want to emphasize and we will select the best
person available for your needs.
Yes, all of our pianists have electronic keyboards and sound systems so we can perform anywhere there is a power outlet.
Many of our people can also add other musicians to make a Duo,
Trio, or larger group for listening or dancing. Adding a Female
Vocalist, a Violin, Sax and Bass can increase the impact of the
music exponentially. However, if all you want is some light
background music then that is what we'll provide.