WELCOME TO SCOTTISH BAGPIPER

My name is Ross Bates and I am available 7 days a week to play the bagpipes in Melbourne and Country Victoria.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you wish to enquire about hiring a piper.

If I am unable to take your call, please send an email for a fast response.

I have been playing the bagpipes as a soloist and in bands for the last 40 years and have a wealth of professional experience, including 15 years with the Victoria Police Pipe Band.

Among 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.
  • Piped in concerts with artists such as André Rieu and The Seekers.
  • Participating in the 2018 Basel Military Tattoo in Switzerland, with the Rats Of Tobruk Memorial Pipes & Drums.




Leading the Bridal Party to the Polly Woodside, Melbourne.

Photo courtesy of Jackson Loria.

 



 
With the Rats Of Tobruk Memorial Pipes & Drums, at the 2018 Basel Military Tattoo, Switzerland.
 

SAMPLE SOUND FILES

The following sound files are a limited selection of tunes played on the Blair Chanter.

My broader repertoire can be found here. I am also happy to play special requests that may not be listed.

Please note that any tune can be played to suit any length of time and at a preferred tempo if required.

ABIDE WITH ME

AIDA TRIUMPHAL MARCH

AMAZING GRACE

BASEL TATTOO WALTZ

FLOWER OF SCOTLAND

FLOWERS OF THE FOREST

GLASGOW POLICE PIPERS

GOING HOME

HERE COMES THE BRIDE

HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL

IAIN RUAIDH'S LAMENT

JAMESON'S REEL

MEGALOMANIA

MULL OF KINTYRE

MURRAY'S FANCY WALTZ

MY HEART WILL GO ON

ODE TO JOY

ON THE TURNING AWAY

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE

SKYE BOAT SONG

SMOKIN' IN THE KITCHEN

THE BLACK BEAR

THE BLAIR HIGHLANDERS

THE BROWN HAIRED MAIDEN

THE DAY THOU GAVEST, LORD IS ENDED

THE FOXHUNTER'S JIG & WELCOME THE PIPER

THE HEN'S MARCH

THE MUCKIN' O' GEORDIE'S BYRE & A 100 PIPERS

THE PARTING GLASS

THE ROSE

TRUMPET VOLUNTARY

WHEN THE PIPER PLAYS





Leading the Bridal Party at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne.

Photo courtesy of Leo Farrell.

 

WHY HIRE ME
  • 40 years experience playing the bagpipes.
  • 31 years experience as a professional piper at a Grade 1 standard.
  • 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 usually not a problem, so don't hesitate to contact me if you think you have left it too late.




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

UNIFORM

The uniform worn will include the traditional Scottish kilt, in your choice of the following 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
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Wedding Anniversaries
  • Funeral Services
  • Committal Services
  • Memorial Services
  • Birthday Parties
  • Christenings
  • Retirement Villages and Nursing Homes
  • Debutante & Scottish Balls
  • Burns Nights & Suppers
  • Christmas Parties
  • New Year's Eve
  • Corporate Functions
  • Retirement Functions
  • Street Parades
  • Multi-Cultural Festivals
  • Real Estate Auctions
  • Anywhere you need a Piper




 


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 23/05/2021


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