2019 updates:


Sept 4-11 2018-   Featured guest performer at the 5 day ‘Festival della Frecagnola”, a 600 year old event in Cannalonga, Salerno, Campania, Italy.

Jan 18-20 , 2019- Shepherdstown WV- Upper Potomac Music fest  Italian & French Bagpipe instructor


Feb- Jun 2019-  CIAO TONY show NYC RadioICN, 2x with Antonello di Matteo & Michela Musolino


March 26-31 2019- Rosa Tatuata NYC & NY State tour


July 12-14, 2019 - Butte, MT Folk Fest in Rosa Tatuata


July 15- CD Release- ‘Sotto Le Stelle (Under the Stars)- Rosa Tatuata 


July 23- Aug 6, 2019 Lark Camp, Mendocino CA- Instructor Italian Music & French pipes


Aug 30- Sept 2, 2019-  Clarksburg WV Italian fest with Rosa Tatuata


Provided numerous musical shows during the Democratic National Convention of 2016; including a private performance for RFK’s daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. July 2016

Guested on Uilleann pipes in ‘Ensemble Musica Humana’, performing with Nancy Hurrell on a 250 year old Egan Clarsach the 18th c music of Turlough O’Carolan, Sept 2016 


Played Uilleann pipes in Ligionier Ministry’s Reformation day orchestral concert  in Lancaster PA, Oct 2016


Performed in GEMS Gotham Early Music Series midday concert ‘Piper in the Parlor’ with Christa Patton (formerly of Piffaro) and Peter Walker. March 2016


Headlined the Hoboken NJ Italian Festival, Phila St Nicholas of Tolentine festival with Rosa Tatuata, and Wilmington DE St Anthony of Padua festival with Zampognari di Filadelfia 2015/16/17


Performed on Zampogna by invitation of the Italian Ambassador to the USA for the Embassy's 'Italian Holiday Festival' at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC (2014 & 2015)


Featured presenter of the ‘Zamopsium’ a gathering of Italian bagpipers from California, Oregon & Washington in Seattle, March 2016.


Member of 'The Royal Pipers' in the New York State Rennaisance Faire (2015 & 2016) with Christa Patton ( formerly of ‘Piffaro’) and baroque bass vocalist Peter Walker


With Christa Patton, Produced and performed “Wind in our Sails” a bagpipe and harp centric look at European immigration to lower Manhattan. March 2016


Featured 7th inning stretch performer on top of the dugout for the Philadelphia Phillies MLB’Italian Heritage Night’, 2015


Awarded a 'Performance in Public Spaces' grant for Italian Folk music by the city of Philadephia Oct 2015


Featured playing Zampogna on the soundtrack of Tom Ryan's thriller film 'FACES' (2014)



in ROSA TATUATA: “ with her band ROSA TATUATA, Michela Musolino is the Tina Turner of Italian music, backed by three incredible musician on an array of rare indigenous sounds”(Peter Covino, PenAmerica)

in SYLVIA PLATYPUS: ”…nothing would surprise me with Sylvia Platypus...crisp fingering...more like Braveheart...striking bagpipe solos by Rutan."(Alex Monaghan, "Piping Today" Oct 2014 )

in BOOTLESS STAGEWORKS: Piper for Bootless Stagework's SRO concert performances of Eric Idle's 'Not The Messiah' "...pipes- a crowning touch!" (Kevin Smith, Feb 2015


Selected Credits:

Founder of ‘BagpipesFAO’ (

Formed ‘Zampognari di Filadelfia' (2005) & produced its CD 'An Italian Bagpipe Christmas' (2012)


Piped for the 9-11 memorial Presepio (nativity scene) at  the Italian Consulate General in Manhattan, (2013)


Piped for LAPHROAIG's global simulcast tasting event to mark the brand's 200th anniversary (2014)


Led townships of Haddonfield and Voorhees NJ, and Temple University’s official 9/11 memorial. (2001)


Performed on French Pipes for the ‘Confreres du Chevaliers du Tastevin’(2008)


Principal bagpipe of the Reading Symphony Orchestra


Featured on  ‘Its your Call with Lynn Doyle’; Comcast CN8, (2007)


Did a spot on John DiBella show WMGK -FM,(2010)


Produced Pipe Band segments for PIFA 2013 (Phila Int'nl Festival of the Arts) 


Two feature segments on Comcast (Radnor access) cable “Ciao Bella Living Italian Style’ with Michela Musolino and Christa Patton  2015, 2016.


Piper to:

US Airways inaugural nonstop flight  from Glasgow to Philadelphia, 2004 and 2014


Diageo /Origlio (Guinness Stout) launch of ‘Smithwick’s Ale” in the area , 2004


The Greater Philadelphia British-American Business Council Holiday Celebration, 2013


The Sons of  St. George Society 2002- 2008  


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  University of Penn Nursing College, Villanova Universitiy + Ursinus College, 2001-present,  


Installed and memorialized legendary Ursinus president Dr Bobby Fong(2013-14)


Chester Valley Golf Club, 2005-2009, Tavistock Country Club, 2001-2002


Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of‘Brigadoon’, 1999 

Also of note:

*Has Piped for a host of elected, academic and religious officials; PA State Police Colour Guard Detachment, 

“Reading Express” Pro indoor football,  “Reading Phillies” AAA baseball pre-game show, 

Barkann Healing Hearts Foundation with current & former members of the Eagles football team,   

the annual Philadelphia RathaYatra Parade of Chariots for India Day in Phila,  

Opened for the Scots Guards at the Kimmell Center. 

Has Performed at  Academy of Music, The Philadelphia Club, PA Convention Centre., 

Reading Sovereign Centre, Phila Int. Airport, Battleship USS New Jersey, World Café Live, hundreds of other venues.

*For 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.


*Piped for the wedding (2010) & memorial service (2013) 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, 

* and for the memorial of "Piffaro's" bagpiper, Tom Zajac, Nov 2015



“Sylvia Platypus” Ep 2011 Sylvia Platypus


‘An Italian Bagpipe Christmas” 2012 CD (self produced)


‘Last Hurrah’ CD 2013 Sylvia Platypus


’Faces” 2014 feature film IMDB


‘Pond Kings In April’ (Hawk Tubley & the Ozymandians) 2017


“Urban Village Piping” compilation 2018 Charlie Rutan self produced


Single released tracks:

“Day Blue’ Edwin Warfield IV 2014

‘Angel Mae” Smash Alley, 2018



Education & 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, &others. (2005-08), 


*Took master classes on French pipes with Eric Montbel (2015), Remy Villeneuve(2014), and Jean-Pierre Rasle of the Avalon Band & Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart (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 3 symphonies and over 100 classical works.


*Graduated Bachelors of Music (Summa) University of the Arts, 1992. Extensive prior musical education beginning in 1970’s.


Charlie performs primarily on four types of bagpipe: 

Scottish Highland Pipes,

Irish Uilleann Pipes,

Italian Zampogna,

French Cornemuse (Baroque & Modern).


Current Professional Affiliations and Memberships: AFM (Local # 77). ASCAP. Circolo Dell’ Zampogna                          





















'Copy-&-paste' Press Blurb:


Finest in traditional & progressive bagpiping styles of Scotland, Ireland, Italy & France. 

Has Piped for Luxury yachts &Lords; Concerts & Country clubs; Battleships & Bishops; 

Generals &Graduations, Admirals& Ambassadors, Academics & Airports, Knights & Nightclubs, 

Symphony Orchestras & Secret Societies; Whisky makers and Wine tasters.


Piped for former Pres G.H..Bush, Rod Stewart, + H.M. Queen Noor, Regent of Jordan.  

Seen on NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, FOX, in print, and TV Finland! 

Dubbed "the Eddie VanHalen of the Bagpipe" by John Lennons bassist, Gary Von Scyoc

Founder of ‘BagpipesFAO’ &‘Zampognari di Filadelfia’ Piper for the acclaimed indie band  'Sylvia Platypus', 

Member of Sicilian Roots Band ROSA TATUATA starring Michela Musolino


Studied Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland 1998. PCPA Summa cum laude in Music,1992. 

Listed in 2003+2005 ‘Who’s Who in America’, 2004+2006 ‘Who’s Who in the World’. 

Member of  ASCAP, AFM,  Circolo Dell Zampogna

Piper at Weddings, Funerals + Events for men and women from all walks of life.