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BagpipesFAO / Bio

CHARLIE RUTAN-
BAGPIPER
1-800-544-4028 www. CharlieRutan.com

Piped for former President G.H. Bush, rockstar Rod Stewart, & Her Majesty Queen Noor, Regent of Jordan.
Seen and heard on local NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, PBS, Comcast, in print, and on TV Finland!
Listed in 2003+ 2005 ‘Who’s Who in America’, 2004 + 2006 ‘Who’s Who in the World’.

Founder of ‘BagpipesFAO’ (over 4000 performances since 1997)
and ‘Zampognari di Filadelfia’ : the USA’s only standing Italian Bagpipe group,
Principal bagpipe of the Reading Symphony Orchestra
Led townships of Haddonfield and Voorhees NJ, and Temple University’s official 9/11 memorial.
Performed on French Pipes for the ‘Confreres du Chevaliers du Tastevin’, May 2008
Featured on ‘Its your Call with Lynn Doyle’; Comcast CN8, Christmas ‘07
Did a spot on John DiBella show, WMGK -FM, Piper with indie rock band “Sylvia Platypus”
Termed "The Eddie VanHalen of the bagpipe" by Gary vonScyoc, bassist in John Lennon's 'Elephants Memory' band

Piper to:
US Airways inaugural nonstop flight from Glasgow to Philadelphia, 2004
Diageo /Origlio (Guinness Stout) launch of ‘Smithwick’s Ale” in the area , 2004
The Sons of St. George Society 2002, & 2008 - present
The Walker family of Scotch whiskies in Phila area, 2002
The yacht “MiGaea” during her stays in Phila, 2000, 2003
USMC, USN, NROTC + US Army Messes, 2001-2009
Graduations of Villanova Universitiy + Ursinus College, 2001-present,
Chester Valley Golf Club, 2005-2009, Tavistock Country Club, 2001-2002
Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of‘Brigadoon’, 1999
Over 3500 Funerals, Weddings and Events for Men & Women from all walks of life.

Selected Credits:
*Performed at Academy of Music, Kimmell Center, The Philadelphia Club, Art Alliance, Ethical Society, + PA Convention Centre., Reading Sovereign Centre, Phila Int. Airport, Battleship USS New Jersey, World Café Live, and hundreds of other venues in the Philadelphia area.
*Performed for a host of Philadelphia officials; PA State Police Colour Guard Detachment, numerous regional Fire and Police Depts, “Reading Express” Pro indoor football, “Reading Phillies” AAA baseball pre-game show, Led numerous parades in Philadelphia, Opened for the Scots Guards, lectured at the ‘Pipers Gathering’ in Vermont,
On Italian Bagpipes: for Phila’s Italian consul, numerous OSIA and other Italian -themed events, at the Smithsonian institute in DC, Gloucester Co Festivale, opened the Delco Italian Fest,
*Piped corporate functions of: Aberdeen Asset Management, the Red Cross, Deloitte + Touche, Keystone Mercy Health, The Restaurant School, Ethicon (Johnson + Johnson), Equity office properties, 3M, Intel Corp, Teamster’s Union, Binswanger RealEstate, Winzer Corp, and others.
*Piped for the wedding of Former Surgeon General of the USA, Dr. C. Everett Koop.
*Gigged with the legendary Jazz Bagpiper Rufus Harley, 1998 +1999, and sadly, piped for his memorial service, 8/7/06
*Piped for the memorial service of Phillie’s pitching great Tug McGraw, Jan. 2004

Background:
*Studied at the Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, (1998) with Master Pipers Donald Mac Pherson,
Angus MacDonald, (Pipe Major Scots Guards 1965-74) & Roddy MacLeod, (Dir. of Piping Centre) & others.
*Took master classes on Uilleann Pipes with Paddy Keenan, Brian McNamara, Jerry O’ Sullivan (2005-08),
& on French pipes with Jean-Pierre Rasle (2008)
*Principal Oboist, Chestnut Hill and Olney Orchestras (1996-2004) Manager of CHO, (1999-2002)
*Received ASCAP Special awards for Composition(1996, 1997). Composer of three symphonies and many other works.
Graduated Bachelors of Music (Summa) University of the Arts, 1992. Extensive musical education.
Charlie performs on four bagpipes:
Scottish Highland Pipes, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Italian Zampogna, French Cornemuse.

Current Professional Affiliations and Memberships: AFM, Local # 77, ASCAP, Circolo Dell’ Zampogna
www.zampognaridifiladelfia.com www.bagpipesfao.com

General Info

Artist Name
BagpipesFAO
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/bagpipesfao
Genres
Celtic / Italian / Folk

Contact Info

Location
Philadelphia, PA