I was born into a family of gifted musicians who encouraged and supported my musical education from an early age. My first music teacher was my father, Don Rafael Pazo, who taught me to play Spanish guitar when I was 4 years old. My mother also enrolled me in private piano lessons until I was accepted at the Escuela Libre de Música and the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos in my native Ponce, Puerto Rico, where I studied piano, violin, viola, voice, theory, solfege counterpoint, choral music, ear training and music dictation. I sang in a boys’ choir, a chorale and played violin and viola in the institute’s chamber music orchestra and the youth symphony orchestra.
I have always believed in what is meant to be will be. My experience with Raphael falls under this thought. It was shared by him that I called within one minute of a prior event being canceled and we booked last minute as a surprise gift for a wedding. One of the bride’s family is from Scotland – some in attendance while recently others have passed. In honor of her lost loved ones who were unable to attend, I felt this would be the ultimate gift for the wedding. She had already requested a bagpipe version of O’ Flower of Scotland to be played during the evening. At the end of the ceremony when it explained that there was a special gift for her…the song began. Once she realized it was a live performance, the reaction of her and the guests were the highlight of the evening. But what I really want to share in this review was Raphael was easy to work with, made personal contact for details, and followed the plan seamlessly. He went above and beyond to give a unique experience for all guests. I recommend him to anyone who wants a bagpiper at any event!Amazingly Perfect!
I was thrilled to be surprised by my friends at my wedding to have a bagpiper show up. As a first generation American from Scottish decent, hearing the bagpipes being played mean the world to me. Having only arrived back in America from a visit to Scotland to scatter my fathers ashes in his homeland, the honor of having Dr. Raphael Pazo play was the highlight of the night. My friends knew that I had some bagpipe songs on my playlist for the wedding reception and knew that I wanted my favorite song played, Dr. Pazo made a surprise entrance playing “O Flower of Scotland”. There was not a dry eye in the house. Dr. Pazo played a variety of pieces and his selections were perfectly matched to the event. Dr. Pazo was professional, his skills were excellent, his appearance and performance were fantastic.Professional, excellent, fantastic!