My husband is straight from Scotland so when we were in the process of making our wedding plans we decided that a bagpiper would be the perfect touch to our special day.
We were married at a small restaurant in Hollywood and we had Max begin bagpiping from afar before I walked down the aisle. Friends later told me they got very emotional as soon as they heard the music in the distance. Max then lead the way for me down the aisle, bagpiping the entire way. Along with the Maid of Honor and the Best Man, Max stood beside us as we took our vows. When the ceremony was over he resumed playing and led us back down the isle.
He was extremely talented and professional and we would hire him again without a second thought!
-Kristin and Iain
As a young piper, Max played for my son’s bar mitzvah in 2006. He masterfully marched the congregation from the synagogue to the luncheon hall in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood and got everyone dancing with Scottish and Jewish tunes. Max is a good piper, a good musician, and a real professional. Highly recommended.
-Robin Kahn, NYC
When I met Max on my first day of college, I could tell that he was enthusiastic about everything bagpiping. Throughout the four years we worked and played together in the College of Wooster Pipe Band, Max was always willing and able to play at various events across our campus, and encouraged others who needed a little convincing. His continued dedication will serve him well and will hopefully allow him to keep playing for all types of events, formal or informal.
Since joining the L.A. Scots Pipe Band, Max’s playing abilities have risen each and every year and his work ethic and practicing habits have also increased his experience level and technique. I’ve always admired Max’s knowledge of tunes not often heard, but which work well in any type of event for which he is playing. His experience with timing, traveling to and from gigs, and courtesy with clients makes Max an ideal choice for any event.
-Palmer Shonk, Pipe Major of the College of Wooster Pipe Band
and member of the Toronto Police Pipe Band
When I first joined the pipe band at the College of Wooster and didn’t know anyone, Max was one of the first people to make me feel welcomed into the group. He is exceptionally friendly and charismatic.
As time passed I realized that Max held himself to a very high standard; he strove to sound and play his absolute best, no matter the audience. He is an enthusiastic and energetic performer who does everything he can to meet the needs of his clients. He is exceptionally professional and encourages similar attitudes from his fellow band members.
When I began to struggle with some of the music in band I turned to Max for assistance and he was more then willing to offer a helping hand. He took time out of his day to give me the extra guidance I needed, and he was amazingly patient and flexible. He was more concerned with my mastery of the music than with confining the lesson to any particular period of time. Max is a very attentive and dedicated teacher, and takes pride in his students’ accomplishments and does everything he can to allow them to succeed.
Max is a great performer, a great leader and a great teacher and I would recommend him for any situation.
-Jordan White, Piper in the College of Wooster Pipe Band
and former Pipe Major of the Riverview High School Pipe Band, Sarasota, Florida
I heard Max play bagpipes a couple of times at my place of work, Santa Monica High School. On Saint Patrick’s day one year Max walked around campus at lunch playing tunes, and students of all backgrounds were drawn to the music and his willingness to preform in front of a group of students. I knew right away I wanted bagpipes played at my mother’s memorial service, which unfortunately was coming in the near future. Being of European descent myself, I love the Celtic sounds and thought Max, being a student at the time, would be just the person to perform at the ceremony.
Max was on time for my mother’s service, respectful, and professional. My mother lived with love, color, and passion and I felt that Max’s playing of “Amazing Grace” and other Gaelic Aires was the perfect addition to our celebration of her life. Thank you Max from me and the entire family for an excellent performance at a very emotional ceremony.