"Bagpipers For Hire" has been the premier bagpiping service for the Chicagoland and tri-state area since August of 2000! Offering a variety of bagpipe related services including weddings, funerals, church functions, private parties, whiskey tastings, parades and of course St Patricks Day Celebrations. We can provide solo pipers, duets, quartets, mini bands, and full pipe bands to accommodate any needs you may require.

Started piping (chanter) in 1982, first playing pipes with The "500" Gordon Pipers, Indianapolis, IN from 1985 to 1988. Played with other misc pipers from University of Memphis, Memphis, TN from 1989 to 1990. Was a member of the Tunes of Glory Pipes and Drums, Warrenville, IL from 2000 to 2001. In 2001 competed at the Bridge of Allan, Scotland Highland Games and the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Member of the 2002 Chicago Caledonian Pipes and Drums, winning the Midwest Championship, U.S. Open Championship and taking third place at the North American Championship. Currently a member of the Penetangore Pipes and Drums, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada - Winner of the 2008 North American Championship grade IV. Have opened two of Rod Stewart's concerts - Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL.

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  • Prices

We are happy to play for any and all denomonations, ethnicities and backgrounds. Most common for during the ceremony is the for a piper to play as guests arrive, during the processional, during the recessional, and/or as guests are leaving. Most common for the reception is to pipe the newly wed couple into the reception hall or play outside the hall during the cocktail hour as guests arrive.

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Pricing starts at $250.00!! Rehearsals are $100.

Telegram pricing does not apply.

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Service/Mass OR Cemetery -- $250

Service/Mass AND Cemetery -- $350

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10-15 min. "splash" -- $200

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Pool parties, St. Paddy's Day celebrations, Surprises

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Parties, Grand openings, Whisky tastings, Burns' suppers.

Travel fee details
There are no travel fees for the Chicago metro area (100 miles) anything beyond that is up for neogtiation. Please remember that this is not only for fuel, but for time also since long travel times restrict our accepting other engagements.

Payment Methods
Cash is always best but we will except Personal Checks, Bank Checks, Cashier's Checks or Money Orders.

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Are you interested in learning how to play the Great Highland Bagpipes? Already playing but need some extra help? Whether your a beginner just starting out, or an advanced player looking for that extra edge, we have the instructors that can help you. Lessons start at $25.00 an hour and instructors are based around the Chicagoland area. Can also travel in some instances to your place for an extra fee. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding instruction.


Click below to sample some of my music.


"Thanks for making our September 11th Commemorative a memorable experience. The sound of bagpipes is always an appreciated addition to any occasion and you certainly did not disappoint. I wanted to pass along to you that I had many complimentary remarks too!"

Mike Holub (Chief of Police La Grange, IL)

"Steve is committed to excellence...a dedicated professional, yet personable bagpiper who delivers a terrific performance...time after time."

Jack Remi-Funeral Director, Knollcrest funeral home

"Awesome job! I received more compliments on those PIPES. You are an incredible piper and just the best to work with! You definitely added the pomp and circumstance that was needed at a level that surpassed anyone's expectations! My boys said, when it is time, they want the same type of wedding, and your pipes!!! Thank you again for making this wedding more memorable!!!"

Judy Tentes

"John and I wanted to thank you for being a part of making our wedding on Sunday truly a day to remember. We received many many compliments on how unique it was to have a piper playing and we truly enjoyed it. You took our breath away. Thank you again for making our day that much more memorable!"

John and Kate Chapman

"Thank you so much for playing at my father's funeral on Sunday [10-10-04]. The music was wonderful and your respectful presence meant a great deal to us all. Thank you again for your ability to play on such short notice, the beauty of the music and for your respectful presence." 

Melissa Britt Perrin

"Thank you again for your wonderful music at our daughter's wedding. I'm sure you received several compliments directly from our friends and relatives, but I wanted you to know that many people commented to me how much they enjoyed your performance. (It) moved several people to tears, including her mother and I."

W. Clint Studabaker

Thank you for helping us on our special wedding day. You did a magnificent job that is still being raved about by us as well as all that were in attendance!" 

Jim and Kathy McCormic

"Thank you so much for playing the bagpipes at our wedding. Your music was absolutely breathtaking! All our guests were very impressed by your excellent performance. We truly appreciate you making our wedding day extra special!!"

Ryan & Lauren McClymonds

"I want you to know how much it meant to the Doyle family and to Anna Marie and myself to have you play at Linda's funeral yesterday. Everyone appreciated your grace and talent. It was one of God's blessings sent to each of us through you."

John and Anna Marie Lovett

"I don't know how many people said they had chills when they heard you play your bagpipe. You are tremendouly talented and have great customer serivces skills. I will be sure to recommend you to friends in the future!"

Jeff and Tricia Brown



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