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William Barr opened a legal conference with a surprise bagpipe performance

As the saying goes, "it's not a party until the bagpipes come out."

Attorney General William Barr got the party started on Wednesday morning, opening the U.S. Attorneys National Conference in Washington, D.C. with an inspiring bagpipe performance.

Barr dramatically emerged from backstage and received a standing ovation when U.S. Attorneys in attendance realized they'd be treated to a surprise performance from the nation's top law enforcement officer. But Barr is a longtime bagpipe aficionado. Before becoming attorney general in former President George H.W. Bush's administration, Barr performed in the City of Washington Pipe Band, one of the world's top bagpipe ensembles, reports The New Yorker. His fellow band member even went so far as to call Barr a "serious piper."

While he no longer competes, or plays daily as he once did, Barr reportedly keeps the party going with raucous bashes replete with fiddles, whiskey, and of course, bagpipes. Watch his Wednesday performance below, via Fox News. Summer Meza