"...we just wanted to say thank you so very much for playing the bagpipes for our wedding. We got so many compliments on how lovely it was . So from our hearts to yours. Thank you so much..."

"...thank you for piping at the interment of our parent’s, and Uncle’s, ashes. Your playing, and attentiveness, was very much appreciated by myself and all the family members. We all found the ceremony very moving and your playing very much added to that..."

"...sending my thanks and appreciation for the very moving and professional bagpipe performance that you provided for my 70th birthday. The music touched my soul. I felt very emotional as you played, and connected to my Scottish ancestors from the Isles of Raasay and Skye. My friend organized your visit as a birthday surprise, and it was the perfect gift, making my 70th birthday a very special and memorable one...” Elizabeth (McLeod) Moxey

"...I would like to thank you so much for playing at Dad's funeral. You helped make such a sad time so special for us and I appreciate so much what you did, giving us such beautiful memories..."

"...I just wanted to thank you so very much for joining us yesterday and fulfilling Dad's wish, he would have really loved it. You added something beautiful to our difficult, sad day. Thank you..."

"...I just want to say a huge thank you for being there on our wedding day You played a huge part for us and I’ve heard there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when you started playing! My mum was beside herself, so thank you very much!..."

"...I just a small note to say thank you. A befitting end to the service for my Mum..."

"...it is 1 month since you played at my wedding at the Moonee Valley Legends Club. And I apologize that it has been this long to tell you how wonderful it was and the delight you caused in our guests. They were thoroughly enchanted by you and your playing. You made our special day - extra special - and we have recieved many comments of praise for your playing in the weeks that followed our celebrations. Even those who had not experienced bagpipes before ,just loved it !! So, thank you so very very much !!..."

"...thank you again so much for your wonderful work with the bagpipes. Mum would have been so very proud as we all were too. Your attendance today was greatly appreciated..."

"...thank you so much for your beautiful musical tribute to our father, at his funeral service. It was a perfect way to say farewell. Thank you..."

"...everyone was very impressed with your playing, it went over a treat. Thank you very much..."

"...thanks so much for playing at Nana's burial. It was the perfect touch..."

"...we would like to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding. You did not miss a beat all day, the piping was amazing and Highland Cathedral bought a few to tears. I will highly recommend you to anyone looking for a piper for any event they may have..."

"...today was just wonderful and the entire family is still talking about the performance..."

"...I just wanted to thank you for your performance last night, on behalf of our Community. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night, the highlight being yourself. We haven't had a Piper before so it was something different and enjoyed by all. Once again, many thanks..."

"...thank you for playing the bagpipes today at my Aunt's funeral. Initially the family were a little hesitant of my idea as she was English, however, all those in attendance today agreed that the burial was far more poignant and memorable thanks to your services. I overheard a few people today saying they now want to add bagpipes to their funeral arrangements after today's experience..."

"...thank you so much Ross. Having you play at my daughter's wedding made it extra special. The pipes sounded brilliant, you are an exceptional piper..."

"...thank you for making Mum’s 90th birthday such a memorable occasion. None of us will ever forget her reaction on seeing you walk in playing Scotland The Brave. As we wiped away our tears, Kathy, her grandchildren and I, were overjoyed that you had transformed her day from just another day dealing with people she couldn’t quite remember, to one that was very special. We all saw her joy, understood what it meant to her deep down and have our own memories of that day..."

"...it is hard to put into words the impact you had on Mum and her guests on Sunday. Mum has had an absolute passion for bagpipes since a child. She had gone with her parents as a very young girl to see The Black Watch Pipers and has been in love ever since. So much so that she always wanted to learn herself, although never did. She had no idea that you were coming on Sunday. As soon as Mum heard you, it was instant tears of joy. On behalf of Mum and all the other guests, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you all the very best and will definitely be recommending your services to anyone needing what can only be described as a professional approach from our initial email contact right up until saying thank you and goodbye on the day..."

"...this is just a very big thank you for your services at my mother’s funeral. On behalf of my siblings and myself we were very appreciative of your time and aptitude with the bagpipes. We will definitely be recommending your services to others..."

"...I just wanted to touch base with you & let you know how very happy my family & I were with your beautiful & perfectly timed piping yesterday! You provided a most professional & stirring end to the lovely celebration of my father's rich & colorful life.....it was exactly what we all wanted! Thank you..."

"...many thanks again for making my sister's day so special and her face when she saw you was just a picture! You played wonderfully and our new Aussie friends were very impressed. Thanks again and I'd be happy to recommend you..."

"...a huge thank you for your fabulous musical skills and resilience against the rains on Friday for Marianne and Guy's Celebrations. You were an absolute power house managing to make all of your beautiful music while also dealing with the wild weather! We were very grateful..."

"...thank you so much for your performance at the
Consulate-General Of The Sultanate Of Oman for the Oman National Day, it was spectacular!..."

"...I just wanted to thank you again so much for piping at my daugher's wedding. Your music made a lovely day extra special and memorable for all of us, especially those of us from Scotland! Thank you so much once again, we really appreciated it..."

"...thank you very much for the wonderful job you did at my father's funeral. Your playing & marching in front of the car was wonderful to watch and listen to. Thanks once again for your efforts, you did him proud..."

our sincere thanks for your superb piping at our father's Funeral. It sounded glorious and helped give Dad just the farewell we had hoped for..."

"...I just want to say a big thank you for the wonderful piping you gave us on your bagpipes..."

"...thank you for playing at my Grandmother's Funeral. The selection of tunes was perfect and everyone said how it made the day that much more special..."

"...we would just like to say thank you for the your part in our wedding.  Simply amazing! People at the wedding have commented that you are the best they have heard play the pipes and I've given some your name. Once again thank you, you made our wedding..."

"...I just wanted to thank you for playing at my daughter's Wedding, it was enjoyed very much by all..."

"...a huge thank you for yesterday's performance, it made the Wedding, you were amazing, thanks so much!..."

"...I would just like to say a massive thank you for playing the pipes at my Dad's funeral. I think everyone commented on how well the day went and that we gave him a massive send off that he would have been proud of. If I ever hear of anyone needing a piper, you will be highly recommended. Once again, on behalf of myself and the rest of the family, thank you..."

"...we would like to say thank you very much for giving us a beautiful service on the day and making our day extra special..."

"...I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for your performance yesterday. It was certainly ‘the icing on the cake’. Everyone loved the bagpipes and I was very grateful for your professional and magical performance..."

"...thank you for being part of a wonderful day. The lunch was a great success, and you and Ron set it in motion. Again thank you..."

"...we wanted to thank you for your fantastic music on Sunday at our wedding.  It was beautiful and certainly completed the ceremony for us.  So many of our guests commented on your piping and one told a lovely story of coming down Flinders Street and knowing they were close when they started to hear the pipes. Thank-you very much!..."

"...thank you very much for your kindness and your piping...everyone loved it and I am thrilled to have had you perform..."

"...thank you for being with us yesterday. You played beautifully and sensitively and many there commented appreciatively about the dimension added by the music..."

"...I just wanted to say a big thank you for your wonderful piping. Mum thought you were amazing. It added that perfect touch to people arriving and set the tone for the most perfect evening. We couldn't have wished for a better day..."

"...I just wanted to say thank you so very much for playing at mum’s thanksgiving service on Friday. The amount of positive feedback I received was incredible. We wanted the service to be a real one of celebration for mum’s life and I think we achieved that. I’m not sure there is too much more moving than “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes – when played well. I’ve heard it done badly (which isn’t great) but you were just amazing. Mum would’ve been so chuffed! Thanks again. You were awesome!..."

"...I wanted to write and say a HUGE thank you for your wonderful bagpiping at our wedding last year. It meant so much to my family to have the Scottish influence in the special day, and Chris LOVED the Top Gun intro surprise..."

"...I would just like to thank you for your beautiful contribution to my mother’s service at Lancefield..."

"...we just we wanted to say thank you once again for yesterday's performance. It was a real highlight of a very special day for us - both for the Scots among us and for all the rest of us who became honorary Scots for just a moment. Your professionalism and magnificent piping were really appreciated..."

"...I wanted to thank you for helping to make my mother's 90th birthday celebration very special. We enjoyed your playing so much, as did the neighbours who joined us for a bit of dancing on the front lawn..."

"...I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding. I only heard from when I came down in the car but it was just so beautiful. The guests all said you were wonderful!..."

"...thank you Ross for your wonderful bagpipe playing at my Mother's funeral.  It completed the very lovely service that we had planned, for the special lady that she was..."

"...just to thank you again for yesterday. It was absolutely everything that I had wanted and we had so many comments about your performance being one of the highlights of what turned out to be a really great evening. Very many thanks for your great response to our requests and all your efforts..."

"...I wish to thank you for your services at the recent Funeral of my father. My sisters and I found your playing of the bagpipes exactly the right memory for us to remember our dad by. I will always think of your music with great emotion when I hear Amazing Grace and Going Home. We were asked by most of the people who attended about your contact details because they also were moved by your playing. Thank you for the lovely memories..."

"...on behalf of the family, thank you for what you brought to Mum’s service. The sound of the pipes in combination with your skilful playing set the tone for the day. As far as these things can be good, I think we had a great service with a good feeling about it and we appreciate your contribution..."

"...we just wanted to thank you sincerely for playing at Dad’s funeral. The piping was absolutely exceptional. You were so professional, knew exactly what to do for the occasion, and your choice of music was outstanding. We have had so many positive comments about your piping, many had never experienced piping at a funeral and were surprised at the way it added to the whole event. Many, many thanks Ross, it was truly appreciated and a fitting way to see Dad off..."

"...thank you so much for your piping. Being led by you walking to the church with my dad and bridesmaids was one of the most moving moments of my day, and then Highland Cathedral was spectacular. I expect I will remember that tune for the rest of my life!..."

"...I just wanted to thank you for your visit yesterday. Mum said today that she was still on "cloud nine" remembering the piper who came to play. It was such a treat for her and my aunt..."

"...thanks so much for your lovely bagpipe playing,  it was exactly as we asked and timing etc was all spot on. Didn't get to thank you in person but much appreciated and will recommend you if I know of anyone needing a piper..."

"...we would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for playing the bagpipes at our Wedding at Norwood.  Everyone was saying how beautifully you play them. You really made our day even more special..."

"...on behalf of the family, I would like to say thank you for making dad's 90th birthday such a memorable occasion. He couldn't stop talking about you and all the favourite tunes you played. The bagpipes certainly touch an emotional chord and I know I have never seen my dad so overcome..."

"...we want to extend thanks on behalf of ourselves and our guests, your playing was enjoyed immensely by all those in attendance and we thought your playing was a great part of the day. Thank you very much for making our special day all that much more special !!..."

"...I just wanted to say thankyou for playing the bagpipes at my son's wedding on Saturday. It was a lovely surprise for everyone, especially my son and some of our Scottish guests even had a tear or two in their eyes. It was just what I wanted...perfect!!!!..."

"...the Christmas we will always remember began with a Scottish Piper playing a medley of Christmas Carols and Scottish marches. We (and neighbours) were entertained for an hour by this fine piper and we will certainly call on him for future occasions. We would highly recommend Ross for any function - he has a wonderful repertoire from which to choose..."

"...just wanting to say again how very much we all enjoyed your playing on the 27th of November. People are still coming up to me to say how much they loved it. It was a perfect way to set the mood for a wonderful festive occasion..."

"...I just wanted to send you a massive thank you for your work at our wedding. You walking in front of the limo all the way down was perfect. It looked amazing in the photos and it was absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much for staying a little longer a well - it was greatly appreciated. I will be recommending you to all other Brides who are considering a bagpiper..."

"...thank you so much for yesterday. A lot of people have commented on how your playing was so professional and suited the funeral for my mum..."

"...just wanted to say a big thank you for playing on Saturday night for our Engagament party. Everone loved it and said  how fabulous you were! We will be recommending you to our friends and family and we would like you to play at our wedding :)..."

"...thank you very much for playing at our Wedding, we got a lot of comments about how great the piper was, it made a big difference to the day. If I know anyone who is looking for a piper, I’ll definitely pass on your name..."

"...I would like to express my thanks for the way you performed at Mum’s funeral. Your professional approach to all aspects of the service you provided was matched only by your playing. My family are so pleased that you were available at such short notice and I am appreciative of your attention to detail, empathy and precision. You certainly contributed to ensure mum received a dignified and solemn service..."

"...thank you for making our Wedding a special day..."

"...your piping provided just the right atmosphere for the Funeral..."

"...a big thanks for playing the bagpipes at my father's Birthday, everyone loved it..."

"...thank you for your excellent piping, it made the day..."

"...I would just like to send you a quick email to thank you very much for your amazing pipe playing and making our day so special! You helped everything run smoothly, made our photos unique and even stayed back extra time for us! Thank you for making our day!!!..."

"...a note of thanks for your piping at my 70th birthday celebration party. I was completely awestruck - never in my wildest dreams did I expect a surprise party with a piper. I wish you well and hope you continue piping for a long time to come. I truly appreciate your time and effort..."

Piping for a Funeral at the Toorak R.S.L.

Ross Bates
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