What can/do you do at a memorial?
The following is a guide,
based on a typical memorial service, to some of the places where piping can add
to the day. Not all services will have all these components.
I've done as much as
everything you see here and as little as only one item. I consider my
inclusion in the service to be an honor.
At the Graveside:
Prelude - Up to 15-20 minutes. Sometimes, the Scottish small pipes are
better for this time as they are quiet.
Seating of Family
Entrance of Clergy
Processional for Casket/Cremains
Hymn, or background for memorial video
Recessional to Hearse
Postlude - as Family and Friends leave
all of this may be done with appropriate planning.
in the Cortege - I will usually play from the moment the first car arrives
until the priest is ready. This includes the placing of the casket on
the funeral bier.
Postlude - I will usually pipe until the last car leaves the area.
Copyright S.K. MacLeod 1996-2016