Testimonials

What our clients are saying

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 (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!

September 2015 (thank you letter)
Rolling Thunder Illinois Chapter One would like to thank you for your involvement in our Big Thunder Run XIV in September 2015. The bagpiper knew exactly how to interact with our ceremony and was extremely professional in both manner and dress. It is through organizations such as yours that we are able to promote the POW/MIA issue and assist the Veterans of Illinois.

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!!!

October 2014 (thank you letter)
Dear Dave, a note to say how very much I appreciate all that you do for our Society. It was a pleasure to see you at yesterday’s golf event. As ever, I enjoyed spending time with you. It was incredibly kind of you to offer such a thoughtful gift in support of the work we do here. On behalf of everyone involved I thank you for your generosity.

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.

April 2014 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for playing the pipes for my Husband’s Memorial Service in April 2014. He loved to listen to bagpipe music, so this was a perfect send-off for him. You play so well that it is a real treat to hear you play. Thank you again and kindest regards.

August 2013 (The Knot)
Dave was so great!
We had him play our recessional and then into our cocktail hour. He was there while we were lining up to go into the ceremony and was holding my nephew for a bit because there was nobody else to do it and was holding my water to me, just so nice and so accommodating. On top of him just being a great guy, the bagpipes were a great addition to our wedding and cocktail hour. He probably played for 30-45 minutes total and I could not have been happier! yay!

July 2013 (Weddingwire)
Dave was wonderful! Added a truly special touch to our ceremony with his bagpipes. Easy to work with, showed up on time, and had a great sense of humor. He is one of the most skilled bagpipers available to play in the Chicagoland area, and trains police and fire department bagpipers all throughout the Midwest. Very talented man! We were lucky to have him play our wedding.

July 2013 (Yelp)
We just had our wedding in June 2013. Dave performed wonderfully. I contacted Dave about 3 months before the ceremony and he promptly sent a CD of his playing. We had minimal communication – just the essentials – for Dave to participate in our wedding as a surprise to our guests.
When wedding day came, Dave was well prepared. He asked beforehand on the bride’s color preference so that he could match his kilt/tartan to the color. He led us through the crowd, to our seats and then continued performing. It was perfect, exactly what we wanted and very hassle-free.
I also believe he is on Facebook searching under Chicalba Bagpiping.
Thanks Dave!

November 2012 (The Knot & Yelp)
Dave at Chicalba Bagpiping did an amazing job at our wedding. We had him surprise guests by appearing at the back of the church during the recession. He snuck in un noticed and then belted out joyous tunes. The music was beautiful and was such a fun touch. Dave also stuck around long after the ceremony to take pictures and even play another song as we boarded the trolley (after doing a long receiving line!). All of our guests were so impressed- as were we! Also, before the wedding Dave sent us a CD of some of his different songs so we could pick out the ones we wanted him to play. He also asked our wedding colors so he could match his kilt! Sooo thoughtful! I would highly recommend using Chicalba Bagpiping!

August 2011 (Weddingwire)
I thought I hated bagpipes because I associated them with police and firemen funnerals. My husband begged to have bagpipes at our wedding. I am so glad we did. Dan played beautifully (nothing funneral like), he was easy to work with and very accommodating to a bagpipe ignorant person like myself. All of my guests enjoyed his music and I am so glad he was part of our ceremony.

September 2010 (Weddingwire)
If you want a talented bagpiper don’t look any further! He is truly amazing.

September 2010 (The Knot)
The bagpiper I hired for the ceremony and reception was amazing. It was a surprise for my husband and he loved it. Everything went perfectly and the piper was fantastic. After the ceremony he stood outside and played for our guests until we walked out. He played at the reception while our guests walked in and played as we were announced. Everyone loved it!

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What our clients are saying

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 (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!

September 2015 (thank you letter)
Rolling Thunder Illinois Chapter One would like to thank you for your involvement in our Big Thunder Run XIV in September 2015. The bagpiper knew exactly how to interact with our ceremony and was extremely professional in both manner and dress. It is through organizations such as yours that we are able to promote the POW/MIA issue and assist the Veterans of Illinois.

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!!!

October 2014 (thank you letter)
Dear Dave, a note to say how very much I appreciate all that you do for our Society. It was a pleasure to see you at yesterday’s golf event. As ever, I enjoyed spending time with you. It was incredibly kind of you to offer such a thoughtful gift in support of the work we do here. On behalf of everyone involved I thank you for your generosity.

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.

April 2014 (thank you card)
Thank you so much for playing the pipes for my Husband’s Memorial Service in April 2014. He loved to listen to bagpipe music, so this was a perfect send-off for him. You play so well that it is a real treat to hear you play. Thank you again and kindest regards.

August 2013 (The Knot)
Dave was so great!
We had him play our recessional and then into our cocktail hour. He was there while we were lining up to go into the ceremony and was holding my nephew for a bit because there was nobody else to do it and was holding my water to me, just so nice and so accommodating. On top of him just being a great guy, the bagpipes were a great addition to our wedding and cocktail hour. He probably played for 30-45 minutes total and I could not have been happier! yay!

July 2013 (Weddingwire)
Dave was wonderful! Added a truly special touch to our ceremony with his bagpipes. Easy to work with, showed up on time, and had a great sense of humor. He is one of the most skilled bagpipers available to play in the Chicagoland area, and trains police and fire department bagpipers all throughout the Midwest. Very talented man! We were lucky to have him play our wedding.

July 2013 (Yelp)
We just had our wedding in June 2013. Dave performed wonderfully. I contacted Dave about 3 months before the ceremony and he promptly sent a CD of his playing. We had minimal communication – just the essentials – for Dave to participate in our wedding as a surprise to our guests.
When wedding day came, Dave was well prepared. He asked beforehand on the bride’s color preference so that he could match his kilt/tartan to the color. He led us through the crowd, to our seats and then continued performing. It was perfect, exactly what we wanted and very hassle-free.
I also believe he is on Facebook searching under Chicalba Bagpiping.
Thanks Dave!

November 2012 (The Knot & Yelp)
Dave at Chicalba Bagpiping did an amazing job at our wedding. We had him surprise guests by appearing at the back of the church during the recession. He snuck in un noticed and then belted out joyous tunes. The music was beautiful and was such a fun touch. Dave also stuck around long after the ceremony to take pictures and even play another song as we boarded the trolley (after doing a long receiving line!). All of our guests were so impressed- as were we! Also, before the wedding Dave sent us a CD of some of his different songs so we could pick out the ones we wanted him to play. He also asked our wedding colors so he could match his kilt! Sooo thoughtful! I would highly recommend using Chicalba Bagpiping!

August 2011 (Weddingwire)
I thought I hated bagpipes because I associated them with police and firemen funnerals. My husband begged to have bagpipes at our wedding. I am so glad we did. Dan played beautifully (nothing funneral like), he was easy to work with and very accommodating to a bagpipe ignorant person like myself. All of my guests enjoyed his music and I am so glad he was part of our ceremony.

September 2010 (Weddingwire)
If you want a talented bagpiper don’t look any further! He is truly amazing.

September 2010 (The Knot)
The bagpiper I hired for the ceremony and reception was amazing. It was a surprise for my husband and he loved it. Everything went perfectly and the piper was fantastic. After the ceremony he stood outside and played for our guests until we walked out. He played at the reception while our guests walked in and played as we were announced. Everyone loved it!

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