Donald Ross

Bagpipes from Rochester, MI - Will travel up to 200 miles
145
290 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2013
  ACCEPTS ONLINE PAYMENTS
BOOKED 2 days ago

$200 - $750 per event
  ACCEPTS ONLINE PAYMENTS
About
Experience a True Professional

Being a bagpiper is not just a hobby for me, but a passion that was turned into a full time career. 2019 marks my 49th year playing the great highland bagpipes. I'm honored to say I have enjoyed performing on multiple continents for more than 4,500 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.
(more)
250+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
Volunteers services for charity events
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!

Funeral

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

Everyone was happy I was able to find Don, he was great to work with, very respectful and very talented.

(more) Review by . from Wayne, MI on

Birthday Party (Adult)

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend
Review by . from Commerce Township, MI on

Memorial Service

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

My Mom had very few requests in life, but one was to have the bagpipes played at her funeral. Donald Ross exceeded our hopes and expectations. He was so very helpful and offered several suggestions that helped to honor our beloved mothers life. If you are in need of this type of service, Mr Ross is you man. You can tell that for him this is not just a job.....but a very compassionate act of service.

(more) Review by . from New Castle, PA on

Wedding

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

Absolutely amazing! Perfect personalized to my event . Was willing to do what ever I asked .. my husband was stunned ... everyone loved him . Very personal and mingled well with all of my guests. Would hire him again in a heartbeat..!!!! Thank you again for making my wedding day a moment that took his breath away!!

(more) Review by . from Bay City, MI on

Fundraiser

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

Donald did a fantastic job for us on this first inaugural event. He collaborated with me re: format and ideas to make a greater impact. We look forward to booking Donald for the second annual event next year!

(more) Review by . from Waterville, OH on

Wedding

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

Donald went above and beyond. His talent is beyond expectations and helped throughout the entire process and helped to put me at ease. HIRE. HIRE. HIRE.

(more) Review by . from Detroit, MI on

Memorial Service

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

I hired Don for my Dad’s memorial party. It was perfect! Couldn’t ask for a more talented piper or a nicer individual to deal with. He came up with entrance ideas and song suggestions (of which we were pretty much on the same page to begin with). I will hire him again in a heartbeat for another event (hopefully not a memorial this time). Thank you so much Don; you set the tone for the whole party!

(more) Review by . from Whitmore Lake, MI on

Funeral

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

It was my brother's wishes to have a bagpiper play at his funeral service and Donald did a wonderful job. Extremely repectful and all around a very nice person.

(more) Review by . from Livonia, MI on

Funeral

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend
Review by . from Grand Rapids, MI on

Wedding Ceremony

Overall
 
Professionalism
Accommodating
Overall Talent
Recommend

A lovely man. Beautiful personality and exceptional talent. He was so accommodating and went out of his way to make our daughter’s wedding a day to cherish forever. We feel so blessed to have met him and honored he was able to join us on this very special day. Thank you Donald. With all our hearts we thank you. Dennis & Beth Jackson

(more) Review by . from Grand Rapids, OH on
PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2019
Oct
24
Funeral
Bay City, MI
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2019
Nov
9
Memorial Service
Warren, MI
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2020
Jun
13
Wedding Ceremony
Washington, MI
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2020
Sep
19
Wedding Ceremony
Grosse Pointe, MI
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
2019
Oct
3
Funeral
Wayne, MI
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2019
Sep
17
Birthday Party (Adult)
Commerce Township, MI
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2019
Sep
14
Wedding
Bay City, MI
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Sep
9
Funeral
Three Rivers, MI
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
2019
Sep
7
Memorial Service
New Castle, PA
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
2019
Aug
31
Wedding Ceremony
Rochester, MI
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
2019
Aug
10
Fundraiser
Waterville, OH
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
2019
Aug
2
Funeral
Pontiac, MI
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2019
Jul
27
Wedding
Detroit, MI
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2019
Jul
20
Birthday Party (Adult)
Fenton, MI
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Jul
20
Funeral
Grosse Pointe, MI
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2019
Jul
18
Funeral
Livonia, MI
3:00 PM - 3:15 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.
26 Photos
6 Videos
10 Audio
YOUR EVERY EVENT MARKETPLACE
USER AGREEMENT
PRIVACY POLICY