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Donald Ross

Bagpipes from Rochester, MI - Will travel up to 200 miles
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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 selected GigMasters Piper in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. 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 5,500 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 years I've been playing or performing for more than 5,000 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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One of the most outstanding members for 2013 on The Bash!

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My family and I could not be more pleased with the beautiful performance Piper Ross gave at my father-in-law’s graveside service. Donald was professional, played flawlessly, and went above and beyond to honor my father-in-law and make the service meaningful. We are eternally grateful to him.

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Communication & response time was fast. Donald is very personable & was genuinely interested in helping make my event memorable. Top notch talent!!! Fantastic experience all around!!!

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My family was so fortunate to work with Donald Ross. He made my mother's memorial celebration perfect. She would have thoroughly enjoyed listening to him. Highly recommend Donald Ross.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2021
Mar
20
Celebration
Grayling, MI
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2021
Aug
28
Wedding Ceremony
Livonia, MI
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2021
Oct
23
Wedding Reception
Chesterfield, MI
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
2021
Feb
20
Funeral
Royal Oak, MI
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2021
Jan
30
Funeral
Wapakoneta, OH
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
2021
Jan
25
Funeral
Warsaw, OH
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
2021
Jan
2
Funeral
Clinton Township, MI
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2020
Nov
7
Birthday Party (Adult)
Saint Clair Shores, MI
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2020
Oct
11
Funeral
Addison, MI
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
2020
Oct
10
Wedding Ceremony
Charlotte, MI
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2020
Oct
9
Wedding Ceremony
Grosse Pointe, MI
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
2020
Sep
19
Wedding Ceremony
Grosse Pointe, MI
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
2020
Sep
13
Funeral
Utica, MI
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
2020
Aug
29
Wedding Ceremony
Edgerton, OH
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
2020
Aug
28
Anniversary Party
Fenton, MI
7:30 PM - 8:30 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
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
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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