" Thank you Heather for coming in and doing that whole bit with Jayden. When I touched base with him today, he was still glowing over the whole experience. You rock. Hope to see you in September/October for a whole School Assembly! "
"Heather came to give a performance for the long term care facility I work at. The residents LOVED the bag pipes and she was very accommodating and answered all of our questions. Heather was also very interactive with our residents which made for a very fun experience. In addition, she was timely and professional. I would certainly ask her to play again in the future. Thanks Heather!” – Jill Cole, Director of Recreation at Queens Manor
“Thank-you so much for coming today. The students had such a wonderful time. I was talking to some students afterwards and they were so excited about all those instruments you brought from around the world. They also enjoyed the bag pipes because many of them had not seen one before.
So thanks again for joining our music class and we would love to have you come again sometime.” – Charlene, Elementary School Teacher
“I would like to thank you for making our mother’s funeral a memorable event. The piper and music at both the church and gravesite was exactly as we had hoped and helped us to say goodbye to our mother.” - Rick Smith
“Our piper did a great job at our wedding and really added to the true ‘Scotian’ feel. The songs he played were upbeat and really appropriate for our morning beach wedding. We were so happy and he made a wonderful addition to the day.” - Twyla Douaire
“Mary and I had the joy of knowing Heather while I was Rector of The Parish of St. Martin’s Western Shore. Heather is passionate about music and sharing her huge talent with others. She is very gifted and imaginative in her musical expressions. Anyone fortunate enough to be taught by Heather will catch the fire of her enthusiasm while receiving a tremendous musical education. The South Shore is so fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to learn from her. We miss you dearly Heather.” – The Reverend Peter Rafuse, Rector of The Parish of The Resurrection, Sydney and Louisbourg.
“Dear Pat … I am writing to you to express our gratitude to you for playing at our wedding! You did an amazing job and we were so blessed to have you there! We have had so many compliments on the music on the beach. People have said what a great idea it was to have you there and how beautiful the music was! Thank you again from the both of us for playing at our wedding. We were honored! It was fabulous! (sorry, I just can’t express enough how great it was to have you playing the bagpipes at our wedding) Shane and Megan Hatt
“Heather is a fantastic teacher, her positive attitude, passion and knowledge of the pipes is extremely evident. She is patient and supportive of her students. My 8 year old son is enjoying his lessons and even practices at home!” – Denise, mother of bagpipe student
“Pat, thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the long trip to Digby on such short notice to play the pipes at my husband’s funeral. It was his last wish and I am forever grateful to you. God Bless.” - Adeline Keast and Family
“Heather is a very gifted musician and so willing to share her talent within her community. I am sure she will be an excellent motivator and instructor for anyone who wishes to join the South Shore District Pipes and Drums. Go Heather!” - Donna, Administrator, St. Martins combined Parish
“Anyone who plays the pipes brings with them centuries of history and tradition. The Queen’s Piper plays for her (as a minimum) for 15 minutes each weekday morning. Hopefully, Heather’s efforts to help others to play the pipes mean that we’ll all get to enjoy her playing more often! ” – Jim Muckle, Executive, Chester Basin Legion Everett Branch #88
“What a wonderful to treat it was for all of us to have Ian Duncan perform for our party at Hubbard’s Barn! Ian is very good! We had Highland Dancers and although they had brought CDs they did not need them as Ian could play all of the pieces. We all fell in love with his wonderful personality. He is very conscientious and I would recommend him highly. Thank you very much!” - Ajana Thomchuck, Govt of Nova Scotia
“Once again, Pat Melanson and Scotia Music have done a fantastic job in providing music for one of our Tall Ships events. A pleasure to work with and a delight to watch the stellar performances. Thank you.” - Elizabeth Rhuland, Historic Shelburne Tall Ships
“A very hardy thanks to you many times over for the gift of this weekend. People here are thrilled with both the workshop and performance.” - Christine, Terrasonga Earth Music
“Fantastic piper… great looking and very professional… excellent performance… truly a first-class service.” - C&H
“The music for our wedding was beautiful… thank you!” - T&C
“We would like to let you know how pleased we were with the music for our wedding.” - Ryan W.
“Thanks very much for all of your help with our wedding.” - Maggie M.
“The piper at our wedding was a special touch.” - Chris & Dawn
“Without you, the concert would not have been so special…” - Pat & Glenn
“Scott did a great job at our wedding.” Thank you.” - Jenny
“A big thank you from myself and my new husband. Ian played at our wedding on Saturday and we were both delighted with his musicianship and his attire.” - Lauren & Colin Graham
“Our Mother loved the bagpipes and we knew immediately that having a piper at her funeral service would be a meaningful way to honour her memory. We found Scotia Music and Pat on the Internet and contacted him in the hope that there was a piper available on very short notice. When unable to locate a piper where the service was to be held, Pat drove from his home in N.S. to N.B (over 600 kms) to ensure that we did not go without.
We met Pat shortly before the service, and considering that he was a complete stranger his gift as a piper and a musician helped to make one of our darkest days one we will remember and forever cherish.
Thank-you somehow seems inadequate, but we do so from the bottom of our hearts.” - Pam, Cindy and Karen