HIRE A PIPER FROM $150 - ALL MELBOURNE SUBURBS
Ross Bates 0411 168 146
Ann Bates 0427 181 164
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SAMPLE SOUND FILES
Leading the Bridal Party to the Polly Woodside, Melbourne. Photo courtesy of Jackson Loria.
FORMER WORLD, AUSTRALIAN AND VICTORIAN GRADE ONE PIPE BAND CHAMPION
SOLO PIPER, PIPING DUOS, DRUMMERS, MINI & FULL BANDS AVAILABLE
MELBOURNE, ALL SUBURBS, COUNTRY VICTORIA
WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE
My name is Ross Bates and I am available 7 days a week to play the bagpipes in Melbourne and country Victoria.
I have been playing the bagpipes as a soloist and in bands for the last 36 years and have a wealth of professional experience. I have been a full-time piper since 1990, spending 15 years with the Victoria Police Pipe Band and working freelance since 2005.
Amongst my achievements in piping:
Please see here to read more about my background.
SAMPLE SOUND FILES
The following soundbites are a small selection of tunes in order to demonstrate my standard.
A more expansive repertoire can be found here.
THE BROWN HAIRED MAIDEN
MULL OF KINTYRE
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF ABERDEEN
SCOTLAND THE BRAVE
THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS
Leading the Bridal Party at the Immigration Museum. Photo courtesy of Leo Farrell.
My fees are based upon the time required at the venue (excluding getting ready and packing up) and include any amount of piping within that time.
They are also inclusive of travelling costs for within the Melbourne metropolitan area.
If I was needed only at the end of a Wedding or Funeral, I would still need to arrive ahead of time, which would be a 30 minute charge.
Please note there is a $10 surcharge for CBD Parking.
All fees include an optional consultation at our home address to audition tunes demonstrated on the bagpipes and to discuss your requirements. I am also happy to meet at your address if it works in with my travelling schedule. Alternatively you may prefer to organise everything over the phone or via email.
A WORD ON PRICING:
15 years ago, the average fee for a piper was $250, irrespective of how long they were hired for. Due to increasing competition and the fact that this is my job, it was necessary to reduce my fees and to create lower points for shorter time periods. The reality is that I significantly undercharge for what I do in order to create a steady stream of work. You will find other pipers charging even less, however my fees are as low as I will go. I feel that I provide a high level of quality and value given my background. I ask that you bear this in mind when choosing a piper.
Piping for a Wedding at Ace-Hi Ranch, Boneo.
WHY HIRE ME
The uniform worn will include the traditional Scottish kilt, in your choice of 6 tartans: Royal Stewart, Ramsay Blue, Hamilton Grey, MacKenzie and MacDonald, as illustrated below. Also available is the Murray Of Atholl tartan.
I AM AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING
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0427 181 164 or 0411 168 146
ABN: 24 591 526 576
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Last updated 28/12/2017
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