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Donald Ross Bagpiper from Rochester, MI

Will travel up to 200 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 191 Reviews
  • 412 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2013
  • 15 Awards & Badges
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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Experience a True Professional: Check out one of the most watched bagpipe videos on YouTube my "Amazing Wedding Processional" *OVER 3 MILLION VIEWS* The most requested Bash Piper in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. I've earned "The Best of Award" every year since joining The Bash in 2013. Hi I'm Donald Ross the Michigan Bagpiper. Established in 1970. Since 2006 my love and passion for the bagpipes has turned into a full time career. I've performed for over 6000 events on multiple continents, ranging from weddings, funerals and everything in between. I always say… “No matter what event you have, if you want to make it special, have a bagpiper”. I'm of Scottish and Irish heritage and my grandfather Hector Ross was a Highland Fiddler. I began learning the bagpipes at the age of twelve. I had excellent instruction. My instructors were regarded as some of the top competitive pipers/instructors of their era. I've been a member of several local and Canadian Pipe Bands, which have had great success in the competitive circle and performing at local events. Here's what you get when you hire me: I understand everyone's event is unique and special for them. I do my absolute best to personalize each performance to your event. I want to leave you with a special memory. I will work very hard with you to make sure I exceed all of your expectations. Most pipers will give you a good performance by looking the part and playing the pipes. I can't tell you how many times people have told me, “We've had pipers before and there is such a notable difference between you and them.” I tell them you've just experienced a true professional. Here's what makes the difference, it isn't the fifty four years I've been playing or performing for more than 6,000 events, it's called your skill level. All pipers play at a certain level which should be an important factor when choosing your piper. This level can be determined by how their pipes sound and their piping proficiency. Due to my long experience in piping, in less than a minute of listening, I can tell you what grade level a piper is. Pipers are assigned grade levels based on their skill, the lowest being grade 5. Grade 5 is the level for beginners or people that just want to play. Most pipers fit into this category. The grade levels increase as your piping proficiency improves. So we have grades 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. There is one more level, the highest of them all called the Professional level. Less then 5% of all bagpipers in the world reach this level of proficiency. I perform at the Professional level and this is want makes the difference with my piping performance. I also play the Scottish small pipes. These pipes would be used in more intimate settings because of the softer sound and lower volume but they provide the same wonderful music. I have the ability to learn a special music section for your event or play non-traditional pieces for your event. I'm able to set my bagpipe pitch to perform with orchestras, pipe organ, piano, violin or other musical instruments that would accompany me. I play for Highland and Irish dancers and I can also arrange for a snare drummer to play with me. I can even organize for a mini pipe band, consisting of several pipers and drummers, or even a whole pipe band to play at your event. I truly want your event to be special, memorable, and unlike anything you have ever experienced before. One of the most important questions you should ask the Piper before you hire: If you where to compete individually, what Grade Level would you be competing in? Very few will say Professional Level. Now you know what you are getting for your money. 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 Choose me and I'll give you a memorable event to cherish for a lifetime.

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Review by Maureen H.

FuneralReviewed on December 20, 2023From Trenton, MI

Donald played at my brother's funeral, his haunting music had a tear in everyone's eyes (can't have a good send-off without a river of tears). Donald was respectful, genuinely sympathetic and personable. I highly recommend Donald if you need a Piper. (His kilt was ridiculously legit)!!!

Review by Lauren A.

Memorial ServiceReviewed on October 24, 2023From Mendon, MI

I really can't say enough wonderful things about Mr. Ross. I'm so relieved I found such a talented professional bagpiper to perform at my parents' joint memorial. Both of my parents had special requests regarding songs they wanted to have played - including a slow "Hail to the Victors" for my dad. Donald not only rose to the occasion, but played with complete mastery and poise. When he finished with "Too-Ra-Loo" the lullaby my mother sang to all her children and grandchildren, there wasn't a dry eye to be found. Donald Ross brought profound professionalism and kindness to a delicate situation. Thank you, Donald.

Review by Wendy P.

FuneralReviewed on October 7, 2023From Charlotte, MI

Donald Ross added just the right touch to the burial of our father. When words don’t suffice, Donald’s music was the send-off we wanted. We were also grateful for his advice on protocol, the order of service, and finding the right songs.

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Song List 

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  • 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
  • Traditional Irish Tunes | Minstrel Boy
  • Traditional Irish Tunes | Garry Owen
  • Traditional Irish Tunes | The Parting Glass
  • Traditional Irish Tunes | Irish Washerwoman
  • Traditional Irish Tunes | When Irish Eyes are Smiling
  • Traditional Irish Tunes | She Moved Through the Fair
  • Traditional Irish Tunes | Red is the Rose
  • Traditional Irish | Molly Malone
  • Military Tunes | The Marines Hymn
  • Military Tunes | The Caissons Song
  • Military Tunes | Anchors Away
  • Military Tunes | My Country Tis a Thee
  • Military Tunes | Taps
  • Military Tunes | Grand Old Flag
  • Military Tunes | God Bless America
  • And Many More | And Many More
  • Funeral Tunes | Amazing Grace
  • Funeral Tunes | Flowers of the Forest
  • Funeral Tunes | The Skye Boat Song
  • Funeral Tunes | The Dark Isle
  • Funeral Tunes | Going Home
  • Funeral Tunes | Endearing Young Charms
  • Funeral Tunes | Danny Boy
  • Funeral Tunes | Hector the Hero
  • Wedding Tunes | Highland Cathedral
  • Wedding Tunes | Highland Wedding
  • Wedding Tunes | Joyful Joyful
  • Wedding Tunes | Here Comes the Bride
  • Wedding Tunes | Mairi's Wedding
  • Wedding Tunes | Trumpets Voluntary
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | Happy Birthday
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | Hail to the Victors
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | MSU Shadows
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | Notre Dame Fight Song
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | Auld Lang Syne
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | Love Me Tender
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | Time to Say Goodbye
  • Non- Traditonal Tunes | Star Wars
  • Non-Traditional Tunes | Sailing "Rod Stewart"
  • Religious Tunes | Abide With Me
  • Religious Tunes | Lord of the Dance
  • Religious Tunes | In the Garden
  • Religious Tunes | How Great Thou Art
  • Religious Tunes | A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  • Religious Tunes | Today While the Blossoms
  • Religious Tunes | Hava Nagila
  • Just a Small Sample | Of My Near Thousand Tune Repertoire

Booked Events 

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Upcoming Events

April 20, 2024 • Wedding
Sat1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Chesaning, MI
May 17, 2024 • Funeral
Fri11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Mount Pleasant, MI
September 21, 2024 • Wedding
Sat3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Hubbard Lake, MI

Past Events

April 6, 2024 • Memorial Service
Sat12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Berkley, MI
February 24, 2024 • Funeral
Sat1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Flint, MI
January 19, 2024 • Funeral
Fri10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Sterling Heights, MI
January 5, 2024 • Church Service
Fri10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Okemos, MI
December 18, 2023 • Funeral
Mon3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Trenton, MI
November 9, 2023 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Thu7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Riga, MI
October 22, 2023 • Memorial Service
Sun12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mendon, MI
October 6, 2023 • Funeral
Fri12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Charlotte, MI
August 19, 2023 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Benton Harbor, MI

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