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Donald Ross

Bagpipes from Rochester, MI - Will travel up to 200 miles
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$200 - $750 per event
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Being a bagpiper is not just a hobby for me, but a passion that was turned into a full time career. 2017 marks my 47th year playing the great highland bagpipes. I'm honored to say I have enjoyed performing on multiple continents for more than 4,000 private engagements and creating memories that last forever. In fact, my banner photo for GigMasters is from my 2013 trip to Scotland where I played at Urquhart Castle on the banks of the infamous Loch Ness. I play the Great Highland Bagpipes and the Small Scottish Pipes. The Small Scottish Pipes are used for more of a intimate setting where volume may be a concern. My performances have influenced people from around the world. Here's one example after watching one of my YouTube videos:

"I absolutely love the music you played for this bride's processional. I wish I could have you perform at my wedding.Unfortunately, you are in Michigan and my budget doesn't stretch to fly you over to London. You are exactly what I want. You are Amazing."
Carrie- London, England

Anyone trying to master a musical instrument will devote countless hours and years of practice to strive to perform a selection of music that the audience will describe with just two words....Beautiful and Effortless. This is the sound of a true professional. It is not just practice that makes one a piper but it is also one's instructor who can have a hand in molding a world class player. I am truly fortunate to have had the world's very best player's and instructor's from around the globe to train and influence me. This ensures that you will be getting the highest quality performer for your money and one of the very best bagpipers in North America. I have spent the last thirty years competing at the highest level bagpiping has to offer. That level is Professional. When you choose me you will not only be getting a great performer but a World Class Professional Bagpiper.

I know how difficult it is for people to choose a bagpiper. Choosing a bagpiper is something that you don't do everyday. How can you choose wisely? You can look at all the websites and to me it reminds me of résumés. They all sound wonderful, full of accomplishments and glowing reviews. I've even had people tell me “A bagpiper is a bagpiper. One piper is just as good as another piper”. What an untrue statement that is. If you were in need of a surgeon for your loved one, would you just want any surgeon? Surely you would want a good surgeon. How about one of the top surgeons in the country? Lets say the cost is the same. Which one would you choose? Fairly obvious. Choosing a bagpiper is no different. You want the very best for you and your loved ones. You only have one opportunity to do this right. You want the most talented. I believe all bagpipers love what they do and they love sharing their passion. They want to give you their best performance but is their best performance the best performance available? With that said, if you only wanted the best player available, you could just purchase a recording of the best player and use that. But there is truly more to a bagpiper than just being able to play well. It's called personality and being a performer. This is where I excel.

I perform for all different types of events such as surprise birthday parties (one of my favorite things to do), weddings, funerals, anniversaries and at retirement homes just to name a few. I have the personality that allows me to give you an unforgettable performance no matter the event.

Planning a surprise birthday bagpiper is no easy task. The uniform is a dead give away and how about those loud bagpipes? How do you make it a surprise? Ask me. When I'm invited into someones home, I not only want to give the best performance, but I really want to entertain. It doesn't have to be a concert where you just sit and listen. It's a party. Lets have fun!

Funerals are performed with a sense of dignity and respect. This could be a last request from their loved one or a family tradition. I prefer to gather information about the deceased so that I can provide a personalized tribute for this celebration of life. One of the most beautiful things I do is a duet with an organ/piano, which has been described as “breathtaking”.

For festive events I like to add a highland dancer. The dancer brings another dimension to the event. So you have me playing wonderful tunes and taking requests, enter the dancer, and your eyes focus on beautiful, athletic movements with the sound my of the pipes filling your ears.

Weddings are so special, and I have had the privilege to perform for more than eight hundred. I know I'm doing something right when I'm playing for a young couple's wedding and I was the bagpiper at their parent's wedding. Please go to my website and see all my wedding video's.

Choose me and I'll give you a memorable event to cherish for a lifetime.
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Donald was amazing. I have never received so many complements after a party. He was friendly and it felt like having an old friend over to visit. I would recommend him to everyone looking for an amazing and talented bagpiper.

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Funeral

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Donald Ross was a tremendous asset to our event. The music added so much to what can be a sad time. He arrived early, checked in with me, and wasn't bothered by the cold and windy day. He was willing to drive to our location, about 90 miles. Many people commented on how wonderful having a piper was. I absolutely recommend him!

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Wedding

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Donald played at our wedding ceremony in Lansing, MI. I booked him as a surprise for my fiancé. Donald was very accommodating and did everything in his power to keep it a surprise! He is a very talented musician and many quests complimented both his music and his professionalism. He was incredible friendly and even took "selfies" with some of our guests! It will definitely be a great memory for my husband, myself, and everyone in attendance. I would highly recommend Donald!

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2017
Mar
25
Cemetery Funeral
Flat Rock, MI
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2017
Mar
27
Cemetery Funeral
Clinton Township, MI
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
2017
Mar
28
Church Funeral & Cemetery
Livonia, MI
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2017
Apr
1
Birthday Celebration
Rochester, MI
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Apr
8
Marine Corps Mess Out
Grosse Pointe, MI
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Apr
22
Outdoor Wedding
Manistee, MI
4:00 AM - 7:00 AM
2017
Mar
23
Adams LaCrosse
Rochester, MI
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM
2017
Mar
22
Funeral
Macomb, MI
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
2017
Mar
19
Wedding Ceremony
Detroit, MI
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2017
Mar
19
Birthday Party (Adult)
Allegan, MI
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
2017
Mar
18
Birthday Party (Adult)
Clinton Township, MI
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Mar
18
Church Memorial
Detroit, MI
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Traditional Scottish Tunes
Scotland the Brave
Traditional Scottish Tunes
The Scottish Soldier
Traditional Scottish Tunes
Bonnie Dundee
Traditional Scottish Tunes
One Hundred Pipers
Traditional Scottish Tunes
Flower of Scotland
Traditional Scottish Tunes
Road to the Isles
Traditional Scottish Tunes
Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
Traditional Scottish Tunes
The Drunken Sailor
And Hundreds More
And Hundreds More
Traditional Irish Tunes
Wear'n of the Green
Bagpipes
Celtic Bagpipes
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Donald Ross will also travel to Rochester Hills, Shelby Township, Auburn Hills, Utica, Oakland, Troy, Washington, Sterling Heights, Union Lake, Lake Orion, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Lakeville, Macomb, Clawson, Birmingham, Clinton Township, Leonard, Romeo, Keego Harbor, Oxford, Royal Oak, Waterford, Berkley, Drayton Plains, Franklin, Madison Heights, Ray, Warren, Fraser.
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