Bay Area Bagpiper Jay Salter
Jay Salter, Bagpiper jaysalter @ cruzio . com 831.818.0906


"Jay took me from not even being able to read music to winning the Winston Churchill Memorial Trophy which is awarded at one of the biggest highland games in North America. Jay is a perfectionist. His playing has been and continues to be an excellent example of bagpiping."

Andrew Lenz, Jr., Executive Secretary of the Western United States Pipe Band Association


You did an incredible job at our wedding! We loved the power of your music! Having bagpipes at our wedding really helped add to our special day! You did a great job! Next time we have a special event where we know bagpipes will be "the icing on the cake" we will definitely contact you.
--Julie and Trevor

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You and your bagpipes created a magical aura around the ceremony. I was so enchanted as were the guests! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We are glad to have spent our special day with you in San Francisco. Your performance during the ceremony was excellent. Having the bagpipes really added the perfect touch we were looking for. Many guests complimented us on choosing you. Your music will always be remembered when thinking of our wedding. We are very honored that you choose to come and play for us despite your broken foot. It meant a lot to us.
--Johnny and Stephanie

You were the hit of the wedding! Thank you for all your support and dedication to making our wedding a day to remember.
--Lore and Tony

Thanks so much. You and your wonderful pipes have truly made this an unforgettable day for us.
--Lisa and Michael

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your music and presence at our wedding. It meant so much that you learned "For the Beauty" for us. And everything you played was lovely. Thank you so much.
--Deborah and Peter

Thank you for helping us create a day of magic and love for ourselves and all of our circle. Your kindness and guidance transformed vague dreams into tangible gifts. I'm very thankful our paths have crossed and I hope they will intertwine in our futures.
--Tina & Ben

Just wanted to thank you again for everything. You were a BIG hit! Everyone including my fiance was so surprised. Thanks again for making my special day so fantastic!
--Sara & Peter

Brad and I want to tell you again how much we appreciate your involvement in our wedding. Your performance was exceptional and really gave our ceremony the personal touch we were looking for. I know that I felt a chill move up my spine when I heard you warming up-- it was the sign for me that "it's time." All of our friends and relatives agreed that your performance was special, and that it will always help them remember our wedding. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
--Brad and Karin

Memorial Services:

It means so much to have you here. I know my father is smiling! Thank you!
--Alison and family

On behalf of the entire family and our cherished friends, thank you for soothing our hearts and souls and for the musical farewell to our loved one.

I wanted to write a quick note of appreciation for your beautiful bagpipe music at my mom's burial service. The addition of the music made the ceremony complete, and was beyond my expectations.

Parties and Miscellaneous:

Thank you very much for playing at our joint 80th birthday and turning it into a remarkable event. You play the pipes with a lot of skill and real sensitivity. The "meditation" medley at the end was just perfect. Keep up the good work.
--Malcolm and Eleanor (80+ and going strong)

As always it was so enjoyable to have you play at our Kirking festivities. The evening centers around you and your pipes. We look forward to next year!
--Your friends at St. Andrews

Thank you again for participating with us at the Tor House garden party on May 3. Many of our guests, as well as our own people, have commented on the special addition of the bagpipe to the afternoon's festivities. Even those of us in the kitchen could enjoy the haunting sounds of the music as you played from Hawk Tower and throughout the gardens. We are grateful to you for your participation with us again this year. You have indeed become a Garden Party tradition!
-Josephine for Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Thank you so very much for your outstanding performance at our Victory Dinner. You started off our event with just the energy it needed. The response to your music has been fantastic. Over and over again I'm hearing that you were the highlight of the show. On behalf of all of us at United Way, thank you!


Jay Salter has been my bagpipe instructor and mentor for seven years. He started me with scales and doublings and laid a solid foundation. We worked through the first tunes and he patiently put up with my clumsy approach to the music. He worked me from my practice chanter onto the Great Highland Bagpipes, and once again took his time getting me through the tough transition to a challenging instrument. He brought me into his band and so became my Pipe Major as well as instructor. This led to new challenges which again he adroitly handled with diligence and care. In 2006, I began competing with moderate success and numerous setbacks, but Jay guided me---and sometimes goaded me---and always kept me progressing in my playing. By 2008, my piping competitions were going better and I finished that year as the Grade 4 Season Champion in the Western United States Pipe Band Association. We have worked continuously, striving to tackle ever more difficult tunes and enjoy our time together in lessons and in band. I cannot say enough good things about Jay's instruction.
--George McKay, DVM

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