Donald K. Ross, Bagpiper

..when you want the best!

When you want the best



Thank you so much for performing at our USWCA tournament.  The ladies who traveled all the way from Manitoba were so impressed with your playing ability and your informational talk about the highland bagpipes. We too, were also impressed.  Your professional skills showed as soon as you walked in and started to mix with all our guests.  You answered all their questions and graciously did all their photo requests.  We all felt you were a member of our organization.

-Claire J.  The Detroit Curling Club

All my life to you and pray many blessings to you.  Beverly was my darling for over 50 years.  I miss her so much but she had a beautiful funeral and part of it was you.  I can't express how grateful my family and I are for you leading Beverly back home.  It was very beautiful and touching.  You did a wonderful job.  Even the priests and funeral home expressed to me what a nice job you did.  I will always be grateful.

-Michael I.

Donald, my family really surprised me with you playing at my 80th birthday.  I've been around piping all my life, including traveling to Scotland and I thought I had heard good piping, but I never heard such a brilliant performance of piping until today.  You are a true master and I am proud to say "I'm a Scotsman".  It was a most enjoyable evening for all.  Thank you very much.

-Norman K.

Don, thank you again.  All our golfers/attendees raved for days after about you and being at our event to open Tom's retirement ceremony.  I have some wonderful photos of you playing for the groups off the 1st tee.  You looked just like I imagined a highland bagpiper would, tall and handsome.

-Denise K.

On behalf of our entire family, thank you so much for your wonderful performance on Sunday for my dad's 83rd birthday!  My dad was in awe when he realized the pipes he was hearing were actually there in person for HIM! The setting was perfect, and you gave all of us something to remember the rest of our lives.  We all reflected on times past when we either had: gone to a Highland Game, visited Scotland, took Highland dancing, saw a piper for the first time, reflected of days gone by in our childhoods of our ancestors before us, etc.  Just looking over at my dad's face was, as the commercials say "priceless".

I received word from ALL who attended and how much they enjoyed it.  As you and I had talked about, I'm very glad that we made the choice to do this now, rather than later, saying "Oh, how Dad would have loved to see/hear this".  My dad is still talking about it, as well as sharing it with anyone he comes in contact with.  And for him, that's not normally what he does :-)

From the first phone call you and I had (and emails) meeting you; you remained professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating.  The informational talks were much appreciated and enjoyed by all, and was just an added bonus.

You will be the first piper we contact if we need one for a future event, and who knows..maybe we'll even see you at an upcoming Highland Games!  "Hold Fast".

-The Clan MacLeod (family of Donald Huff)

Thank you so very much for playing the beautiful bagpipes at my husband Carl's final resting place.  I appreciate your kindness in assisting us at this sad time in our lives.  Your playing lifted our spirits and made it special.  Carl loved the bagpipes and all the family does as well.  Hope to have you for a happier occasion.  Thanks, and God bless you.

-Mary Theresa O'Donohue

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job at our father's funeral.  It was perfect and exactly how he would have wanted to leave.  Thanks again.

-The Casey Family

I just want to tell you it was the first time I cried that day when we pulled up to the gazebo and I saw you standing there playing the bagpipes.  I said to my bridal party that Tim (my husband to be) got me a bagpiper for our wedding.  Priceless.  You made the whole ceremony.  Thanks.

-Devon and Tim

Thank you for your kind words.  I believe heritage is strong in our family and will remain so in part due to the dedication and perseverance of people such as yourself.

I thank you for your heartfelt music especially your duet with the choir organist on “Amazing Grace”.  The compliments from the family were deep and many, but most importantly from my wife and her father who were deeply appreciative of your delivery and sensitivity on such a significant day.

Thank you again for being there for us.

-The Murphy Family

I just wanted to thank you again for being a part of our wedding day and for all of your guidance in figuring out our ceremony music and everything else.  You were incredibly kind and your performance really added to the emotional and beautiful feel of the whole day.
-Jessica Perry
We want you to know how much we appreciate you playing for us.  Your bagpipe playing was so awesome, and so many of our guests echoed that sentiment to us later in the day.  We truly cannot thank you enough for being part of our wedding celebration.  Please know you were part of a day that was one of the best of our lives.
-Jennie Waters
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. All of our guest couldn't stop talking about how cool that was. That was the perfect touch to our ceremony!
-Nicole and Christopher
Thanks again for making Mark and Stacy's wedding so special and personal.  The music was beautiful and we enjoyed meeting you.  Hopefully we will be able to hear you play again in the near future.

-Karen Gillis

Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding day.  The tunes you played were so beautiful.  Thank you again, you were wonderful.

-Michelle Gerdan

My family and I wanted to thank you again.  You made such a sad time so much more beautiful.  "Hail to the Victors" at the very end was perfect.  Such a fitting end for a wonderful man.  This fall is going to be so special for me as you lead Adam's Varsity onto the field.  God bless you.

-The Malcolm Family

We wanted to say thank you for helping to make our special day that much better.  We mentioned it before, but leading up to the event, you were one of the things that we were most excited about.  Thank you for doing what you could to make and keep your performance a surprise and for being such a professional and helpful person. We truly appreciate it.

-Joby and Karin

I just had to reach out to tell you how special you made my Mom's life celebration.  We all agree it was the best funeral ever and so much of that was because of you.  She would have loved it...well, she did love it as I'm sure she was looking down on it all.  You are amazing and so very talented.  Thank you for sharing your gift.  

-Kate Rau

Thank you for your time, talent, and professionalism.  It could not have worked out better.  Everyone loved your playing and it added such a special touch to our day.  I actually loved your follow-up communication style and attention to detail as well as your flexibility of the timing of the day.  Thank you again and hope to be hearing you pipe at another joy-filled celebration in the future.

-Tom and Sue

Thank you again for the beautiful music you provided for us.  What a great day.  You are family to us and I'm so glad you had a great time.  I would highly recommend you to anyone that needs a bagpiper.  By the way, I have gotten TONS of compliments on your playing.

-Kristen and Tony Kuyava

Jordan and I just got back from our honeymoon a few days ago and I wanted to send a follow up your way.  We were so pleased with your bagpiping services.  It sounded beautiful and was exactly what we were looking for that day.  I can't tell you how many compliments we received from our guests at what an amazing job you did.  We couldn't have been happier and I just wanted to say thank you for all your help in the planning process as well as your hard work and creativity for our wedding.  I would recommend you to anyone and everyone.  Thanks again so much. 


Just wanted to say thank you for the amazing service you performed at my husband's funeral.  I have never seen a piper be so respectful and dignified at a service before.  Your whole presentation from Scotland the Brave to Hail to the Victors was so honoring to my husband.  The church was packed with about 900 people and we had so many compliments on your service.  My husband was 100% Scottish and he loved the bagpipes.  I'm sure he was smiling down and well pleased with the selections.  Thank you for making a very difficult time a little bit easier.

-Pat Galbraith

Was looking at our daughter's wedding album yesterday when we saw the picture of one of the most professional pipers we've ever met, you.  This may be late coming, but we just wanted to say a huge, heartfelt, thank you for coming to Saginaw this past fall to perform at our daughter Alexandra's wedding.  Your performance was absolutely beautiful, and our relatives from Scotland and other guests thought the music was "spot on".  Your renditions of Highland Cathedral, Flower of Scotland, and Skye Boat Song brought shivers and joyous tears to our eyes.  We hope to be able to call you our personal piper for events of the future.  Have a joyous holiday season and thanks again sir!!

-Jim and Angela Schanck

I would like to express my highest appreciation for your professional, extraordinary and exceptional musical performance at the Montford Point Marine Annual Military Heritage Banquet on June 23, 2013 at the Shriner's Silver Garden in Southfield, MI.  Your presentation was absolutely phenomenal and gratifying to all who heard the bagpipes play moving songs most dear to our patriotic hearts in a most excellent way.  Your performance truly set the tone and ambiance for the entire event, and we cannot thank you enough.  I am most certain that we will be calling on you again in the near future.

-Robert Middleton, President- Montford Point Marines of Michigan

On behalf of the Hanlon family, let me say what a pleasure it was to have you perform at our recent memorial service.  You made the service so personal and the music was lovely.  Your compassion for our family was appreciated.  I will highly recommend you to family and friends.

-Rebecca Hanlon

Thank you so much for being such a special part of our day.  You did such an awesome job, we loved it, everyone loved it.  It was definitely an amazing day from start to finish, and the weather was incredible.  We were truly honored to have you there.  I am glad you got to speak with some of our family.  Thank you for your kind words and blessing, really means a lot to us.  

-Laura and Eric Brown

I just wanted to thank you so very much for being the perfect piper for our perfect day.  Your music was breathtaking and we were so happy with you and your work.  


Donald (our family bagpiper), thank you for the very special part you played in making my niece and her new husband's wedding ceremony so memorable.  You were wonderful.  I will highly recommend you and will certainly keep your contact info handy.

-Mary Jane

Thank you, Mr. Ross

It began at the church door
Your piping filled the air
Stirring the hearts of each and all
Aye, everyone who was there

It ended at Holy Sepulchre
With you standing on the hill
Your glorious sounds swelled the breeze
As tears our eyes did fill

A hundred thousand blessings on you
As in South Uist they say
And as they say in Parkhill
Our compliments we pay

-John McCoskey

Thank you again for kicking off the race (Brooksie Way).  I will tell you that I receive more compliments each year having you right at the start, and it's nice that people consider you a course staple now.


Donald, we cannot imagine not having you play at our wedding.  Thank you for being part of our special day and sharing your talents with our guests.  We hope to hear you play again in the future.

-Leslie and Bob

I've seen the video of your performance of Highland Cathedral at the St. Thomas Church in Ann Arbor.  It brings me to tears and makes the hair stand up, and I am (or was actually) a bagpiper myself.  It is probably one of the most powerful performances I've seen.

-Sharon Mitchell Goodman

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