HIRE A PIPER - FROM $150 - ALL MELBOURNE SUBURBS



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:
  • Since 1993, I have been an accredited Piping Judge in Australia with both the Advanced Piping Certificate (Australian Pipe Band Association) and the Adjudicators Certificate (Australian Pipe Band Association).
  • Performing as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Victorian State Orchestra, Marion Martin, Eric Burden and many other artists. 
Please see here to read more about my background.
 



 
Leading the Bridal Party at the Immigration Museum. Photo courtesy of Leo Farrell.

PRICES

My fees are based upon the time required at the venue and include any amount of piping within that time. They are also inclusive of traveling costs for the Melbourne metropolitan area. There may be a surcharge for country areas or to cover parking in the CBD.
  • Up to 15 minutes: $150
  • Up to 30 minutes: $170
  • Up to 1 hour: $200
  • Up to 2 hours: $230
  • Over 2 hours: please contact me for a quote.
All fees include an optional consultation at our home address to audition tunes demonstrated on the bagpipes and to discuss your requirements. 30 minutes is normally enough time for this or you may prefer to organise everything over the phone or via email.
 




Piping for a Wedding at Ace-Hi Ranch, Boneo.
 

WHY HIRE ME
  • 36 years experience playing the bagpipes.
  • 26 years experience as a professional piper at a Grade One standard.
  • Former World, Australian and Victorian Grade One Pipe Band Champion.
  • Piped in concerts with artists such as André Rieu and The Seekers.
  • Piped as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Victorian State Orchestra, Marion Martin and Eric Burden.
  • Holder of the Advanced Piping Certificate.
  • Qualified Piping Adjudicator.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Sir Rupert Hamer Award for services to pipe bands.
  • Extensive repertoire, with a focus on playing well-known, traditional songs and tunes.
  • If possible, I am happy to adapt "non-bagpipe" songs to fit the pipes.
  • I offer a professional service and ensure that all details are planned out well in advance.
  • Short notice is not a problem, so don't hesitate to contact me if you think you have left it too late.

UNIFORM

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.
 
            

                     
 

SAMPLE SOUND FILES
I have recorded samples of popular tunes such as:
  • Amazing Grace
  • Highland Cathedral
  • Those Endearing Young Charms
  • Scotland The Brave
  • Marie's Wedding
  • The Northern Lights Of Aberdeen
  • The Brown Haired Maiden
  • Mull Of Kintyre.
Please contact me on rabates1@live.com to have them sent to your email.

I AM AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Wedding Anniversaries
  • Funeral Services
  • Committal Services
  • Memorial Services
  • Birthday Parties
  • Christenings
  • Debutante & Scottish Balls
  • Burns Nights & Suppers
  • Christmas Parties
  • New Year's Eve
  • Corporate Functions
  • Retirement Functions
  • Street Parades
  • Multi-Cultural Festivals
  • Anywhere you need a Piper


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NOTICE

The written content of this website is 100% original. Portions of it have been transferred onto other websites without permission.


Ross Bates
0427 181 164 or 0411 168 146

rabates1@live.com

ABN: 24 591 526 576

Website created and maintained by Ross Bates
Last updated 22/10/2017


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