Testimonials

What our clients are saying

September 2019 (thank you text)
I spoke with you on Thursday regarding the bagpiper. Thank you so much for making it happen. Luke was great – he was prompt and awesome – my husband really enjoyed the surprise – made his Birthday even more memorable. Thanks again and I will definitely keep you all in mind for future occasions. E.

September 2019 (thank you card)
We cannot thank you enough. The ceremony was perfect. You are so special to not only us but the Church. A. (Zion Christian Church)

August 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you so very much for being here. J. was our Brother and this means a lot to us for you to be here, Love S.

August 2019 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, Thank you again for being part of our service today in placing our Mom in her final resting place. When we buried my Dad, 8 years ago, your music meant so much to our Mom – and I know that today she’s listening to your bagpipes with a smile of joy on her face. Thank you again. Sincerely L.

July 2019 (thank you e-mail & photo)
Thank you so much for your wonderful music at our wedding on July 13th. You are so very talented and we were so fortunate to have you, our wedding vision really came to life and everything was perfect.
We received so many compliments on your playing and you really made our day memorable and SO special. Thanks you again, R.

July 2019 (thank you e-mail)
I would like to express our gratitude and sincere thanks to you for piping at our Mom’s funeral. I know you are in the busy wedding season and the fact that you personally played and made this work for us is truly appreciated. You have a great energy and I can tell you truly fell deeply when piping. That is a true gift you have and I have to say, Mom welcomed those pipes to carry her spirit all the way to heaven … thank you for giving us that gift. I personally believe that music has the ability to travel in this world and beyond, and am grateful to have had your talent and loving disposition as the one who played for our Mom.

This makes two monumental occasions you have piped for us (my wedding in 2015) and we will always contact you in the future. The next time, I think we will make it for a happy time. Stay well and keep those pipes going! Thank you for being such a great comfort in happy and sad times. T. & Family.

July 2019 (thank you e-mail)
We just had to let you know that your performance with the bagpipes added so much to the service for our loved one. I really did not like bagpipes but your talent and the way that the music flowed was really awesome. Thank you very much. The C. Family.

June 2019 (thank you letter & photo)
Dave, THANK YOU for being a vital part of the 2019 Relay for Life. I cannot thank you enough for your time and commitment at the Relay. We always enjoy your presence as you are truly the highlight at the Luminaria Ceremony. I am proud to have your support and know that working together we will truly Finish the Fight. Look forward to seeing you again next year. Thank you for providing your time, your talents and your heart at the 2019 Relay for Life. M.


June 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for sharing your talent with us at this difficult time in our lives. The M. Family.

June 2019 (thank you card)
Dave, on June 29th you played for the graveside service for my wife (at Wheaton Cemetery). My request was for Amazing Grace and you played that in such a beautiful, respectful manner. You even played additional music.
I want to thank you again for sharing your exceptional talent and helping to honor my wife with your music. Years ago my wife told me that when the time comes she would want Amazing Grace to be played on bagpipe at her funeral. I am grateful that you agreed to do that for her – I have never heard that song played in such a magnificent way! Your work that day meant a lot to me and our family – and was a great honor to my wife. God’s Blessings to you always. With sincerest gratitude, G.

May 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for your contribution to our Father’s Memorial Service, from the H. Family.

May 2019 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you for your Ministry at Springbrook today. J. (Springbrook Community Church, Plainfield)

May 2019 (thank you card)
Dave, may kindness return to you in the same beautiful way that it was given. P.

April 2019 (Facebook, Yelp & E-mail – plus gift after the day)
I would like to introduce you to a most incredible man and musician. Dave Johnston of Chicalba Bagpiping Services. He played the most beautiful pipes as friends and family entered, and later left the Church on Saturday for my nephew’s services. He played Amazing Grace once in the Church. Something about the sound of those pipes. Not a dry eye anywhere. Then at the cemetery he played as people arrived and walked toward the gravesite. Again, he played Amazing Grace as my nephew, my little brother, was lowered below. He walked off into the distance and the pipes faded. But he didn’t leave. He stood there and waited until each and every vehicle left. He was the last man standing. Such an incredible person. Prior to Saturday I told him the possibility of bad weather, and he wrote me back, “S, the pipes are no stranger to inclement weather.” S.

April 2019 (website review form)
Thank you Luke for sharing your incredible talent at my Dad’s funeral. You brought some beauty to a difficult day. I think the fact that, out of all the tartans you could have worn, you unknowingly chose the plaid my sister, cousins and I wore all through grade school was a sign that Dad appreciated you as well and made us all smile. J.

March 2019 (thank you letter)
I cannot thank you enough. I know our Dad would have loved the send-off. The families will ever be thankful for your talents. I apologize for not seeing you at the end yesterday, but it allowed me to personally thank you this way. M.

March 2019 (e-mail – from venue)
Thank you again for everything on Saturday!! You were of course amazing and everyone from our staff, management, and all of the hotel guests absolutely loved your performances. It’s always a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to next year! Best, E.

March 2019 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, Thank you so much for performing at the Emerald Evening event! I heard so many wonderful comments about how fun it was to be welcomed by festive music. I really appreciate you helping to support our cause that is so close to my heart. Thanks again, D.

February 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for making Mom’s funeral special. It’s greatly appreciated.

February 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for enriching our day as we honored my Husband’s life. His Scottish heritage, love of bagpipes, and the beautiful song – Amazing Grace. Blessings to you, B.

January 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for your music at Mom’s Services. I greatly appreciate it, J.

January 2019 (e-mail – from venue)
Thank you for your lovely music and note, Dave! It was a pleasure working with you, and I will certainly recommend your services to others. All the best for a wonderful 2019. S.

Nov-Dec 2018 (thank you card / e-mail – High School stage show)
Thank you Dave …
I missed you before you left on Saturday, but wanted to thank you so much for all you did for our dinners. The kids and audience loved you and you added so much to our production. It really would not have been the same without you and your pipes! I also wanted to thank you for all the extras you did for the show, from coaching the dialect, to giving us proper pronunciation of words, to even helping with strike. You were an integral part of the show from the moment you walked in the door. I truly hope that you consider yourself one of the ‘family’! We do!

November 2018 (thank you card)
Dave – Thank you for bringing a piece of Scotland to our reception. We loved having you there to greet our guests. I hope we both make it to Skye again soon. Be well, L & J.

November 2018 (The Knot!)
Dave – Dave played at our wedding on November 9th. He played outside while guests arrived and then played during our recessional. My family is Scottish so it meant a great deal to myself and my family to have a bagpiper play at the wedding. Dave was so wonderful to work with and is also very talented! I cannot thank Dave enough for making my wedding day special! B.

October 2018 (website review form)
Joe was awesome. He was on time, ready to go, supremely nice and played beautifully at our wedding. Dave was quick to respond to e-mails and really made hiring a bagpiper for our wedding an easy experience that gave us a permanent and wonderful memory for our day. Great people! J.

October 2018 (thank you card)
Your message in music at the funeral ceremony is gratefully acknowledged and so deeply appreciated. Thank you so much. M.

October 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for helping to make our day special. My family is absolutely thrilled that there will be bagpipes at the wedding!

October 2018 (thank you e-mail)
Joe, thank you for taking care of everything and doing an absolutely beautiful job with the music. Everyone loved it and it really created an amazing atmosphere for our ceremony. I feel like I didn’t even get a chance to talk to you on that crazy day but when those bagpipes started it all felt so surreal. Thank you again we were so impressed. Please let us know where else we can leave reviews.

October 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, with sincere gratitude and joyful hearts. Thank you for making our day so very special.

September 2018 (Google My Business 5-Star Review / thank you card)
Dave, thank you for sharing your blessed gift at our Wedding. Best piper ever. Was an honor to have him perform at my wedding! J.

September 2018 (thank you e-mail – passed on by client)
Just wanted to drop you a quick note about the wedding and the bagpipers. I can’t thank you enough for the two bagpipers you sent. They were incredible. This was a surprise for my son and as soon as he saw them when he left the church he started crying. We took a video and it’s so incredible to see how much it meant to him. Thank you again. Please pass our thanks on to the bagpipers. They were the ultimate professionals and exactly what we wanted.

August 2018 (thank you note)
Dave, thank you for playing at the 2018 Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic! You do a fantastic job and your performance enhances our event. We hope to see you next year. Sincerely, the Bernie’s Book Bank Team.

August 2018 (thank you e-mail)
Hi Dave. Just wanted to say thanks again for piping at our son’s wedding. It made the wedding day. Everyone enjoyed it so much. Here’s to the next time.

August 2018 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for piping for our Dad’s Memorial Service. It means so much to our family to have you as part of the celebration of his life. You are a talented musician and we are looking forward to you hearing you pipe.

July 2018 (thank you card)
Thank you so very much for taking the time to be a part of my Father’s Memorial Service last weekend. He would have loved to hear you play. You were so kind, thoughtful and easy to work with, and hearing you play did wonders for my aching heart. I can’t thank you enough for making one of the most difficult days of my life easier to bear. We look forward to working with you again (for happier occasions)! I know my brother echoes all of my comments above. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

July 2018 (thank you note)
The happy couple looking forward to leaving the church to the sound of your bagpipes, Dave. We are so delighted to have you as the part of the beginning of a new milestone in their life.

June 2018 (thank you card & photo)
A hot and humid day couldn’t keep Relayers from attending the first Relay for Life of Northern Lake County in June. The Event Leadership Team and I want to thank you coming out to play for our Luminaria Ceremony. Your playing makes it so special, and we appreciate it so much.

June 2018 (thank you card)
Many thanks for being with us on this sad day. I appreciate your playing and your kindness.

May 2018 (thank you letter & card)
Thank you for playing at the Park District this past Sunday to play at my graduation party. It was a great surprise (since bagpipes are my favorite instrument). Everyone loved your performance. We hope to hear you practicing this Summer, we’ll leave our windows open.

May 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, our father would have loved to hear you play. Thank you for making his service more meaningful.

May 2018 (thank you card & plaque)
Thank you for playing at our Flag Ceremony. Cub Scout Pack 382.

April 2018 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for the gift of your time, coming to the visitation. It was so thoughtful of you to be there for us at this difficult time. Thank you so very much for the amazing and beautiful music you performed for us. It was so kind of you to play for us. Your music was both touching and deeply moving! (and yes, it did bring tears)

March 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for performing at our Emerald Evening (Friends of Share) event. It was such a great way to welcome guests. We appreciate your generosity donating your time on such a busy weekend. Sincerely, the Friends of Share Committee.

March 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for playing the bagpipes at our Mom’s funeral. She would love to know that the beautiful, peaceful sound sent her off to Heaven with her Scottish Mom and Grandparents. Sincerely.

January 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for playing at our Dad’s Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life. Your bagpiping was so beautiful, and your music made our Dad’s service even more special, as our Mom & Dad so loved the Bagpipes. Thank you so much for making a very difficult day an even more beautiful and memorable one. With our warmest regards.

December 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you for your attendance at my Father’s funeral Mass. Your participation with the band honored my Father in many ways. Thank you for your help and participation.

November 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so very much for being a part of our Mother’s Memorial Service. As you know she was born in Scotland. She requested a piper and we’re happy that you could help us fulfill her wishes.

October 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for your amazing talent on the pipes. You added elegance and beauty to the interment of my Parents. Thank you sincerely.

August 2017 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, thank you so much for playing at Dad’s Service today. It meant so much to our family to have you pay tribute to him since you meant so much to him. He always looked forward to his lessons from you and I know they helped to keep his mind sharp. He loved your company too because he thought the world of you.

August 2017 (thank you letter)
Thank you for being part of my Husband’s Birthday party. Thank you for your communication and for making it easy for me. All the best to you.

August 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for piping for our wedding. Not only was it so incredible to have such a talented piper as yourself play for us and our guests, but having known you and done gigs with you, it made it that much more special. Dancing to your piping is always a joy, but that day truly took the prize as far as that goes. I cannot express how much it meant to me and my husband that you were so generous with your time (and you learned the Earl of Erroll, that was the best surprise of all!) Thank you for helping to make our wedding day so very special! With love and gratitude.

July 2017 (thank you card)
Dave. Thank you for your participation today. He always arranged to have a piper at all festive occasions – weddings, funerals – it is so fitting to have you play today.

June 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day extra special! Cheers.

June 2017 (Facebook, The Knot & Weddingwire)
Excellent! Joe was incredibly talented, and the guests loved having bagpipe music as we recessed and for our grand exit out of the church. Having a bagpiper at the end of our ceremony is a family tradition and Joe did not disappoint. Dave was also very organized in getting us set-up for our big day. Thank you, Chicalba Bagpiping!

March 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for being at our amazing March 2017 Wedding – it was amazing having you there! You did an amazing job and we loved the music. We will definitely be referring you to other people in the future. Thank you!

February 2017 (thank you letter)
Just a thank you from the Wife of this Gentleman – you played at the funeral in February at Old St Pat’s. She sent a note and thanks for making it so special.

January 2017 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, thank you so much for your beautiful contribution to our Memorial Service. Your compassion, professionalism and unbelievable talent were greatly appreciated. With Blessings.

November 2016 (thank you card)
We are thankful for the beautiful music you provided at Mom’s Funeral Service. It was truly beautiful and it honored her memory and Irish heritage. Most sincerely, thanks.

September 2016 (thank you card)
Thanks for making our event special with your incredible bagpipes.

September 2016 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you for making yourself available this morning. Mom loved the bagpipes and hopefully enjoyed it right along with all of us.

August 2016 (Weddingwire)
Dave Johnson deserves a lot of praise for the very special day he helped make for my daughters wedding. They had 1 piper and 1 drummer playing background music for a short time outside the church after the ceremony There were so many comments about how good the guys were, The pipes and drums were awesome! My daughter loved it and so did all the people that attended the wedding. Everyone loved their choice of music and how upbeat and fun it was for everyone. My daughter was so happy she could hear the pipes and drums in the back of the church after the wedding while everyone was waiting outside and the wedding party was getting pictures taken, it was awesome!!! Thanks to Dave for making their special day more special!! I would recommend Chicalba bag piping to anyone, very professional, flexible and accommodating and the cost is very reasonable.

August 2016 (Facebook)
I can’t say enough great things about this service from friendly and competent to professional, prompt and beautifully played. If you’re looking for a bagpiping service at your event, book NOW!!!

August 2016 (Yelp, Google)
They really made our special day extra special! Dave was so pleasant to work with and we just could not say enough great things about the service from beginning to end!!! There are enough things to worry about on your wedding day and he was on time and competent and kind and just a true professional not to mention a beautiful player!!! If you’re considering a bagpiper for your event, you can stop looking here!!!

June 2016 (thank you letter)
Thank you for your support of the Relay for Life and being a part of our Luminaria Ceremony in June 2016. We celebrated the lives of 45 survivors in attendance as well as many more in our hearts. It meant a lot to us to know that we had your support and it means even more to the difference we will make together in the lives of those touched by cancer.

April 2016 (thank you card)
Thank you very much for participating in the celebration of our Mother’s life. Sincerely, always.

January 2016 (Yelp)
Dave Johnston played at my father’s funeral this past weekend and he was outstanding! He asked me the details and any particular songs, and then took charge. He was at church early and spoke with the music director. He played outside at the cemetery and it was about 32 degrees out. He was professional and very nice. He played Amazing Grace, Danny Boy and others. I highly recommend Dave. I don’t do reviews very often, but I am very happy to write this one! Thank you, Dave!

December 2015 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for playing at my Father’s Service at the Cemetery. Hearing you play the bagpipes while greeting us coming down the hill moved me deeply. I will never forget it, your playing was beautiful. With gratitude.

October 2015 (thank you card)
Thank you for being a part of our Wedding Day and making it special. Everyone was surprised and thought it was great fun to have you playing. Thank you again.

September 2015 (Weddingwire)
Dave was so great. He was so friendly and easy to work with. Dave is very responsive and able to adapt to different crowds of people. He performed at my cocktail hour at the Irish American Heritage Center for my wedding in front of the guests. Everyone had such amazing things to say! He was so nice to interact with and the music was wonderful. I cannot thank him enough! He really was an absolutely amazing addition to our celebration!

August 2015 (Yelp)
Great bagpiper! Many Scots are our daughter’s wedding and all gave him top reviews!
Added to a special day. Highly recommended.

March 2015 (Weddingwire)
Dave from Chicalba Bagpiping was the best to work with! He was able to play ceremony music at our wedding St. Patrick’s day weekend and it made the our day even more special. We are still getting compliments from people that were at our wedding about the bagpipes and how beautiful it sounded. I highly recommend Chicalba for your wedding or any special event!!!

July 2014 (Yelp)
We used Dave for our wedding in July 2014. Dave was excellent and went down a storm with all our guests. You won’t find a better piper in Chicago!!.
He was very professional and responsive in the build up to the wedding and the fact that he has done so many ceremonies before meant he knew exactly what to do and when which obviously eased everyone’s stress levels.
If you need a piper for any occasion I wouldn’t look any further.

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What our clients are saying

September 2019 (thank you text)
I spoke with you on Thursday regarding the bagpiper. Thank you so much for making it happen. Luke was great – he was prompt and awesome – my husband really enjoyed the surprise – made his Birthday even more memorable. Thanks again and I will definitely keep you all in mind for future occasions. E.

September 2019 (thank you card)
We cannot thank you enough. The ceremony was perfect. You are so special to not only us but the Church. A. (Zion Christian Church)

August 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you so very much for being here. J. was our Brother and this means a lot to us for you to be here, Love S.

August 2019 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, Thank you again for being part of our service today in placing our Mom in her final resting place. When we buried my Dad, 8 years ago, your music meant so much to our Mom – and I know that today she’s listening to your bagpipes with a smile of joy on her face. Thank you again. Sincerely L.

July 2019 (thank you e-mail & photo)
Thank you so much for your wonderful music at our wedding on July 13th. You are so very talented and we were so fortunate to have you, our wedding vision really came to life and everything was perfect.
We received so many compliments on your playing and you really made our day memorable and SO special. Thanks you again, R.

July 2019 (thank you e-mail)
I would like to express our gratitude and sincere thanks to you for piping at our Mom’s funeral. I know you are in the busy wedding season and the fact that you personally played and made this work for us is truly appreciated. You have a great energy and I can tell you truly fell deeply when piping. That is a true gift you have and I have to say, Mom welcomed those pipes to carry her spirit all the way to heaven … thank you for giving us that gift. I personally believe that music has the ability to travel in this world and beyond, and am grateful to have had your talent and loving disposition as the one who played for our Mom.

This makes two monumental occasions you have piped for us (my wedding in 2015) and we will always contact you in the future. The next time, I think we will make it for a happy time. Stay well and keep those pipes going! Thank you for being such a great comfort in happy and sad times. T. & Family.

July 2019 (thank you e-mail)
We just had to let you know that your performance with the bagpipes added so much to the service for our loved one. I really did not like bagpipes but your talent and the way that the music flowed was really awesome. Thank you very much. The C. Family.

June 2019 (thank you letter & photo)
Dave, THANK YOU for being a vital part of the 2019 Relay for Life. I cannot thank you enough for your time and commitment at the Relay. We always enjoy your presence as you are truly the highlight at the Luminaria Ceremony. I am proud to have your support and know that working together we will truly Finish the Fight. Look forward to seeing you again next year. Thank you for providing your time, your talents and your heart at the 2019 Relay for Life. M.


June 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for sharing your talent with us at this difficult time in our lives. The M. Family.

June 2019 (thank you card)
Dave, on June 29th you played for the graveside service for my wife (at Wheaton Cemetery). My request was for Amazing Grace and you played that in such a beautiful, respectful manner. You even played additional music.
I want to thank you again for sharing your exceptional talent and helping to honor my wife with your music. Years ago my wife told me that when the time comes she would want Amazing Grace to be played on bagpipe at her funeral. I am grateful that you agreed to do that for her – I have never heard that song played in such a magnificent way! Your work that day meant a lot to me and our family – and was a great honor to my wife. God’s Blessings to you always. With sincerest gratitude, G.

May 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for your contribution to our Father’s Memorial Service, from the H. Family.

May 2019 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you for your Ministry at Springbrook today. J. (Springbrook Community Church, Plainfield)

May 2019 (thank you card)
Dave, may kindness return to you in the same beautiful way that it was given. P.

April 2019 (Facebook, Yelp & E-mail – plus gift after the day)
I would like to introduce you to a most incredible man and musician. Dave Johnston of Chicalba Bagpiping Services. He played the most beautiful pipes as friends and family entered, and later left the Church on Saturday for my nephew’s services. He played Amazing Grace once in the Church. Something about the sound of those pipes. Not a dry eye anywhere. Then at the cemetery he played as people arrived and walked toward the gravesite. Again, he played Amazing Grace as my nephew, my little brother, was lowered below. He walked off into the distance and the pipes faded. But he didn’t leave. He stood there and waited until each and every vehicle left. He was the last man standing. Such an incredible person. Prior to Saturday I told him the possibility of bad weather, and he wrote me back, “S, the pipes are no stranger to inclement weather.” S.

April 2019 (website review form)
Thank you Luke for sharing your incredible talent at my Dad’s funeral. You brought some beauty to a difficult day. I think the fact that, out of all the tartans you could have worn, you unknowingly chose the plaid my sister, cousins and I wore all through grade school was a sign that Dad appreciated you as well and made us all smile. J.

March 2019 (thank you letter)
I cannot thank you enough. I know our Dad would have loved the send-off. The families will ever be thankful for your talents. I apologize for not seeing you at the end yesterday, but it allowed me to personally thank you this way. M.

March 2019 (e-mail – from venue)
Thank you again for everything on Saturday!! You were of course amazing and everyone from our staff, management, and all of the hotel guests absolutely loved your performances. It’s always a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to next year! Best, E.

March 2019 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, Thank you so much for performing at the Emerald Evening event! I heard so many wonderful comments about how fun it was to be welcomed by festive music. I really appreciate you helping to support our cause that is so close to my heart. Thanks again, D.

February 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for making Mom’s funeral special. It’s greatly appreciated.

February 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for enriching our day as we honored my Husband’s life. His Scottish heritage, love of bagpipes, and the beautiful song – Amazing Grace. Blessings to you, B.

January 2019 (thank you card)
Thank you for your music at Mom’s Services. I greatly appreciate it, J.

January 2019 (e-mail – from venue)
Thank you for your lovely music and note, Dave! It was a pleasure working with you, and I will certainly recommend your services to others. All the best for a wonderful 2019. S.

Nov-Dec 2018 (thank you card / e-mail – High School stage show)
Thank you Dave …
I missed you before you left on Saturday, but wanted to thank you so much for all you did for our dinners. The kids and audience loved you and you added so much to our production. It really would not have been the same without you and your pipes! I also wanted to thank you for all the extras you did for the show, from coaching the dialect, to giving us proper pronunciation of words, to even helping with strike. You were an integral part of the show from the moment you walked in the door. I truly hope that you consider yourself one of the ‘family’! We do!

November 2018 (thank you card)
Dave – Thank you for bringing a piece of Scotland to our reception. We loved having you there to greet our guests. I hope we both make it to Skye again soon. Be well, L & J.

November 2018 (The Knot!)
Dave – Dave played at our wedding on November 9th. He played outside while guests arrived and then played during our recessional. My family is Scottish so it meant a great deal to myself and my family to have a bagpiper play at the wedding. Dave was so wonderful to work with and is also very talented! I cannot thank Dave enough for making my wedding day special! B.

October 2018 (website review form)
Joe was awesome. He was on time, ready to go, supremely nice and played beautifully at our wedding. Dave was quick to respond to e-mails and really made hiring a bagpiper for our wedding an easy experience that gave us a permanent and wonderful memory for our day. Great people! J.

October 2018 (thank you card)
Your message in music at the funeral ceremony is gratefully acknowledged and so deeply appreciated. Thank you so much. M.

October 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for helping to make our day special. My family is absolutely thrilled that there will be bagpipes at the wedding!

October 2018 (thank you e-mail)
Joe, thank you for taking care of everything and doing an absolutely beautiful job with the music. Everyone loved it and it really created an amazing atmosphere for our ceremony. I feel like I didn’t even get a chance to talk to you on that crazy day but when those bagpipes started it all felt so surreal. Thank you again we were so impressed. Please let us know where else we can leave reviews.

October 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, with sincere gratitude and joyful hearts. Thank you for making our day so very special.

September 2018 (Google My Business 5-Star Review / thank you card)
Dave, thank you for sharing your blessed gift at our Wedding. Best piper ever. Was an honor to have him perform at my wedding! J.

September 2018 (thank you e-mail – passed on by client)
Just wanted to drop you a quick note about the wedding and the bagpipers. I can’t thank you enough for the two bagpipers you sent. They were incredible. This was a surprise for my son and as soon as he saw them when he left the church he started crying. We took a video and it’s so incredible to see how much it meant to him. Thank you again. Please pass our thanks on to the bagpipers. They were the ultimate professionals and exactly what we wanted.

August 2018 (thank you note)
Dave, thank you for playing at the 2018 Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic! You do a fantastic job and your performance enhances our event. We hope to see you next year. Sincerely, the Bernie’s Book Bank Team.

August 2018 (thank you e-mail)
Hi Dave. Just wanted to say thanks again for piping at our son’s wedding. It made the wedding day. Everyone enjoyed it so much. Here’s to the next time.

August 2018 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for piping for our Dad’s Memorial Service. It means so much to our family to have you as part of the celebration of his life. You are a talented musician and we are looking forward to you hearing you pipe.

July 2018 (thank you card)
Thank you so very much for taking the time to be a part of my Father’s Memorial Service last weekend. He would have loved to hear you play. You were so kind, thoughtful and easy to work with, and hearing you play did wonders for my aching heart. I can’t thank you enough for making one of the most difficult days of my life easier to bear. We look forward to working with you again (for happier occasions)! I know my brother echoes all of my comments above. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

July 2018 (thank you note)
The happy couple looking forward to leaving the church to the sound of your bagpipes, Dave. We are so delighted to have you as the part of the beginning of a new milestone in their life.

June 2018 (thank you card & photo)
A hot and humid day couldn’t keep Relayers from attending the first Relay for Life of Northern Lake County in June. The Event Leadership Team and I want to thank you coming out to play for our Luminaria Ceremony. Your playing makes it so special, and we appreciate it so much.

June 2018 (thank you card)
Many thanks for being with us on this sad day. I appreciate your playing and your kindness.

May 2018 (thank you letter & card)
Thank you for playing at the Park District this past Sunday to play at my graduation party. It was a great surprise (since bagpipes are my favorite instrument). Everyone loved your performance. We hope to hear you practicing this Summer, we’ll leave our windows open.

May 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, our father would have loved to hear you play. Thank you for making his service more meaningful.

May 2018 (thank you card & plaque)
Thank you for playing at our Flag Ceremony. Cub Scout Pack 382.

April 2018 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for the gift of your time, coming to the visitation. It was so thoughtful of you to be there for us at this difficult time. Thank you so very much for the amazing and beautiful music you performed for us. It was so kind of you to play for us. Your music was both touching and deeply moving! (and yes, it did bring tears)

March 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for performing at our Emerald Evening (Friends of Share) event. It was such a great way to welcome guests. We appreciate your generosity donating your time on such a busy weekend. Sincerely, the Friends of Share Committee.

March 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for playing the bagpipes at our Mom’s funeral. She would love to know that the beautiful, peaceful sound sent her off to Heaven with her Scottish Mom and Grandparents. Sincerely.

January 2018 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you so much for playing at our Dad’s Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life. Your bagpiping was so beautiful, and your music made our Dad’s service even more special, as our Mom & Dad so loved the Bagpipes. Thank you so much for making a very difficult day an even more beautiful and memorable one. With our warmest regards.

December 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you for your attendance at my Father’s funeral Mass. Your participation with the band honored my Father in many ways. Thank you for your help and participation.

November 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so very much for being a part of our Mother’s Memorial Service. As you know she was born in Scotland. She requested a piper and we’re happy that you could help us fulfill her wishes.

October 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for your amazing talent on the pipes. You added elegance and beauty to the interment of my Parents. Thank you sincerely.

August 2017 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, thank you so much for playing at Dad’s Service today. It meant so much to our family to have you pay tribute to him since you meant so much to him. He always looked forward to his lessons from you and I know they helped to keep his mind sharp. He loved your company too because he thought the world of you.

August 2017 (thank you letter)
Thank you for being part of my Husband’s Birthday party. Thank you for your communication and for making it easy for me. All the best to you.

August 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for piping for our wedding. Not only was it so incredible to have such a talented piper as yourself play for us and our guests, but having known you and done gigs with you, it made it that much more special. Dancing to your piping is always a joy, but that day truly took the prize as far as that goes. I cannot express how much it meant to me and my husband that you were so generous with your time (and you learned the Earl of Erroll, that was the best surprise of all!) Thank you for helping to make our wedding day so very special! With love and gratitude.

July 2017 (thank you card)
Dave. Thank you for your participation today. He always arranged to have a piper at all festive occasions – weddings, funerals – it is so fitting to have you play today.

June 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day extra special! Cheers.

June 2017 (Facebook, The Knot & Weddingwire)
Excellent! Joe was incredibly talented, and the guests loved having bagpipe music as we recessed and for our grand exit out of the church. Having a bagpiper at the end of our ceremony is a family tradition and Joe did not disappoint. Dave was also very organized in getting us set-up for our big day. Thank you, Chicalba Bagpiping!

March 2017 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for being at our amazing March 2017 Wedding – it was amazing having you there! You did an amazing job and we loved the music. We will definitely be referring you to other people in the future. Thank you!

February 2017 (thank you letter)
Just a thank you from the Wife of this Gentleman – you played at the funeral in February at Old St Pat’s. She sent a note and thanks for making it so special.

January 2017 (thank you card)
Dear Dave, thank you so much for your beautiful contribution to our Memorial Service. Your compassion, professionalism and unbelievable talent were greatly appreciated. With Blessings.

November 2016 (thank you card)
We are thankful for the beautiful music you provided at Mom’s Funeral Service. It was truly beautiful and it honored her memory and Irish heritage. Most sincerely, thanks.

September 2016 (thank you card)
Thanks for making our event special with your incredible bagpipes.

September 2016 (thank you card)
Dave, thank you for making yourself available this morning. Mom loved the bagpipes and hopefully enjoyed it right along with all of us.

August 2016 (Weddingwire)
Dave Johnson deserves a lot of praise for the very special day he helped make for my daughters wedding. They had 1 piper and 1 drummer playing background music for a short time outside the church after the ceremony There were so many comments about how good the guys were, The pipes and drums were awesome! My daughter loved it and so did all the people that attended the wedding. Everyone loved their choice of music and how upbeat and fun it was for everyone. My daughter was so happy she could hear the pipes and drums in the back of the church after the wedding while everyone was waiting outside and the wedding party was getting pictures taken, it was awesome!!! Thanks to Dave for making their special day more special!! I would recommend Chicalba bag piping to anyone, very professional, flexible and accommodating and the cost is very reasonable.

August 2016 (Facebook)
I can’t say enough great things about this service from friendly and competent to professional, prompt and beautifully played. If you’re looking for a bagpiping service at your event, book NOW!!!

August 2016 (Yelp, Google)
They really made our special day extra special! Dave was so pleasant to work with and we just could not say enough great things about the service from beginning to end!!! There are enough things to worry about on your wedding day and he was on time and competent and kind and just a true professional not to mention a beautiful player!!! If you’re considering a bagpiper for your event, you can stop looking here!!!

June 2016 (thank you letter)
Thank you for your support of the Relay for Life and being a part of our Luminaria Ceremony in June 2016. We celebrated the lives of 45 survivors in attendance as well as many more in our hearts. It meant a lot to us to know that we had your support and it means even more to the difference we will make together in the lives of those touched by cancer.

April 2016 (thank you card)
Thank you very much for participating in the celebration of our Mother’s life. Sincerely, always.

January 2016 (Yelp)
Dave Johnston played at my father’s funeral this past weekend and he was outstanding! He asked me the details and any particular songs, and then took charge. He was at church early and spoke with the music director. He played outside at the cemetery and it was about 32 degrees out. He was professional and very nice. He played Amazing Grace, Danny Boy and others. I highly recommend Dave. I don’t do reviews very often, but I am very happy to write this one! Thank you, Dave!

December 2015 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for playing at my Father’s Service at the Cemetery. Hearing you play the bagpipes while greeting us coming down the hill moved me deeply. I will never forget it, your playing was beautiful. With gratitude.

October 2015 (thank you card)
Thank you for being a part of our Wedding Day and making it special. Everyone was surprised and thought it was great fun to have you playing. Thank you again.

September 2015 (Weddingwire)
Dave was so great. He was so friendly and easy to work with. Dave is very responsive and able to adapt to different crowds of people. He performed at my cocktail hour at the Irish American Heritage Center for my wedding in front of the guests. Everyone had such amazing things to say! He was so nice to interact with and the music was wonderful. I cannot thank him enough! He really was an absolutely amazing addition to our celebration!

August 2015 (Yelp)
Great bagpiper! Many Scots are our daughter’s wedding and all gave him top reviews!
Added to a special day. Highly recommended.

March 2015 (Weddingwire)
Dave from Chicalba Bagpiping was the best to work with! He was able to play ceremony music at our wedding St. Patrick’s day weekend and it made the our day even more special. We are still getting compliments from people that were at our wedding about the bagpipes and how beautiful it sounded. I highly recommend Chicalba for your wedding or any special event!!!

July 2014 (Yelp)
We used Dave for our wedding in July 2014. Dave was excellent and went down a storm with all our guests. You won’t find a better piper in Chicago!!.
He was very professional and responsive in the build up to the wedding and the fact that he has done so many ceremonies before meant he knew exactly what to do and when which obviously eased everyone’s stress levels.
If you need a piper for any occasion I wouldn’t look any further.

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