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Essex Based Bagpiper – Sacha Small

Based: Essex

Dress: Full No.1 Regimental Dress and No.2 Formal Dress

Experience: Sacha started playing the bagpipes with a youth group in East London at the age of ten. His love for the pipes started two years before that when he saw the youth group play at the Tower of London, however at eight years old he was too young to join as the minimum age was ten.

At the Age of fourteen Sacha joined the Highland Gatherine pipe band as well as the piping society of London, he also started playing in solo contests. At the age of sixteen Sacha joined the British Airways Pipe band and for the next twenty years he played all over the world, including  Malawi, Armina just to mention a few. Most recently Sacha played for British Airways in Barcey Paris where he played the solo of Highland Cathedral in front of 25,000 people. He has also played for the Queen on a couple of occasions as well as Prince Charles.

Sasha currently plays for the University of Bedfordshire Pipe Band (UOBPB) where at the last Contest season they were unbeaten in all the English contests, and fourth at the British.

When Sacha is not playing with the UOBPB he plays with the 79th Cameron Highlanders Napolionic Reenacatment Group.


Carol A Walker – 04/09/09

“A big thank you to Sacha Small for piping at my Father in Laws funeral today, the piping was a fitting send off to him and all the family appreciated you coming. Thanks again. xx” 

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London Based Bagpiper John Bracken

Based: London

Dress: No.1 and No.2

Experience: John has played at numerous events throughout the UK & Europe, including playing for Television and Film productions, Weddings, Civil & Military, Funerals, Burns Night Dinners, New Years Eve, Parties, Military Mess Dinners and a host of other engagements, private & corporate. John is based in East London and his main areas of operation are London and the Home Counties, but he is able to travel further afield.

John Bracken

John Bracken


DANNY RIORDAN : 29/04/2014 

Mr Arnold, many thanks for your timely response to my request.  John I found to be a lovely man to deal with and certainly impressed all concerned at the funeral internment. He looked absolutely stunning in his NO 1 regalia and enchanted all with his supreme mastery of the pipes. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day on Wednesday at Kensal Green cemetery and John and his playing …. made for an emotional and fitting finale……. Please pass on these comments to John with our sincere thanks……..

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Bagpiper Johnny Haynes

Based: Hampstead
Regions Covered: Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, etc.
Dress: Both No.1 and No.2 Dress
Experience: Johnny Haynes began playing the pipes in the Far East Air Force Band based in Singapore. Later, he joined the Pride of Murray pipe band when it first formed and became Pipe Sgt leading its Grade 4 band for 20 years working in conjunction with Jimmy Caution in bringing the band up to scratch. One such pupil is the current Pipe Major of the band.

Johnny also taught the local Boys Brigade band, one of whom is John Angus Smith who won a silver medal in one of the senior piping championships. He turned out for the London Scottish on various occasions with the then Pipe Major of the Pride of Murray who had come from the Regiment, and wrote the tune ‘Cockney Jocks’ for them which has been played world wide. Later he became the LS Museum Curator tasked with moving the collection from 59 Buckingham Gate to 95 Horseferry Road.

On retiral from that Johnny joined the Surrey Pipe Band at the same time being Pipe Sergeant of the London Irish Rifles.
Currently Johnny plays with the British Airways Band, and a member of the Royal Navy Pipers Society as his working life was with the Admiralty.

Johnny has played in most European countries; Munich Bierfest twice, and at the Menin Gate.

TV appearances include on “In Town Tonight”; “Golden Shot with Bob Monkhouse & Lulu; London Palladium with Kenneth MacKellar & Bruce Forsyth, “Goal posts and Broomsticks” with Paul Whitehouse; As Queen’s Piper in BBC TV’s” The Palace”, shot in Lithuania;

Johnny played for the dedication of the SHAEF Memorial in Bushey Park where Eisenhower had his HQ, and the following week for Prince Charles when he dedicated the Berlin Air Lift Memorial -apart from local events like Hampton Court. Lord Mayors Show,

Johnny was particularly honoured to play for a Guardsman who lost his life in Afghan whilst serving with a mixed London Regiment Company. Johnny often goes to Cornwall to play at Trebah Gardens for Major Tony Hibbert for whom he wrote the lament ‘Arnhem’ for him and the Royal Cornwall Parachute Regt Association.

Royal Bagpiper Johnny Haynes

Johnny Haynes

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