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Professional bagpiper in Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas:
For 34+ years Bagpiper Michael Gibbs has been providing the citizens of Utah with the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipes. He provides premier bagpipe service for any & all types of events.
Michael has years of experience as a solo & band piper. He has been a corps competing member in The Salt Lake Scots Bagpipe Band, Utah Pipe Band, the LA Scots & a leading member of the Heathen Highlanders Bagpipe Corps. Michael can customize uniforming as well as access to other performers & musicians to customize your event for a unique and personal touch.
If you need a bagpiper in Utah, contact Bagpiper Michael Gibbs.
I have known Mr. Gibbs for over 23 years. We met when working for the same company years back. Michael and I connected effortlessly. Getting to know him in his personal life. I found out he was a bagpiper. Something I have always admired and enjoyed listening to, due to my Scottish heritage. Over time I was educated that he plays professionally at events. Many years later we have stayed connected professionally and personally. Being employed with McDougal Funeral Home since a young age. I grew up learning about funeral service and how important it is to many families to have a professional bagpiper. Mr. Gibbs fits that description. From the correct Scotsman attire. To the real ivory bagpipes. I can't think of a better gentleman for the job. Always reliable and arrives early to the funeral or graveside services. His prices are realistic and reasonable. Serving pretty much anywhere you request him to be. He is your man! Michael, I can't thank you enough for all you do for us at McDougal Funeral Home for the families we serve. Keep going strong! Your talent shines in an area needed and desired from veterans to simple family requests.
We are very thankful for the bagpipe talents of Michael Gibbs. He added so much to our mother's graveside service. He explained the crossing over ceremony at the end. My husband who doesn't get emotional about many things had goose bumps as they ended with this ceremony. Thank you so much.
Response from Bagpiper Michael Gibbs/Heathen Highlanders:
It is always an honor to send someone home in "proper" Scottish fashion. Thank you for allowing myself and Johnny Miner to help you and your family say goodbye in a personal way.
Michael Gibbs played for out family Christmas party and was outstanding. He entered playing Scotland the Brave, did a bit of Q & A that was real fun and played a few more tunes then our family of about 150 people danced around the Christmas tree to which Michael accompanied with Christmas songs that we all sung together. It was a wonderful experience that many will remember fondly for many years.
Thrilling performance, memorable music. Michael is an expert. I can highly recommend him.
We hired Michael to play for my father’s funeral and he was absolutely wonderful.
He responded to my request within minutes and was very kind and easy to talk to. He had played at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery and was able to walk me through the details and made suggestions which took the guesswork out of a very stressful situation.
On the day of the funeral he was there before we were and played everything beautifully. His music brought such a peaceful feeling to the ceremony, it wouldn’t have been the same without him.
Michael has performed for us before, and we decided to hire him and the Heathen Highlanders for some rowdy fun for our Summer BBQ. They provided a fun and upbeat atmosphere for our outdoor party. I highly recommend them for all your fun summertime needs.
This past weekend, our family said goodbye to our dear mom. I really wanted a nice service at the gravesite and thought it would be appropriate to find a bagpiper. It was almost last minute, but I was able to secure the services of Michael. He was on time, delivered the requested songs, played beautifully, and very respectful and professional. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a great bagpiper.
Michael…thank you for all; your professional attention to my request, your attentiveness to my details, and for your beautiful, beautiful music. I could not have been more pleased!
Michael is a phenomenal bagpiper!! He played for my Veterans Day Assemblies at the Eccles Center in Park City, every year for 7 years!!! He was professional, talented, and his music provided a beautiful tribute each year to the Veterans. He always accommodated our school assembly schedules and was one of the highlights of our program. I would highly recommended Michael.
Mike Gibbs played at my mother's funeral on May 13th. He was extremely professional, playing music as the guests came to the gravesite. He was dressed emaculate in his Highland kilt! He came up at the end of the service and explained piping the soul of my mother home. Then played Amazing Grace and Going Home. Iam very pleased on how professional and how awesome his piping was. I would recommend using Mike again for anything that requires a top level piper!
We asked Elysian Gardens Cemetery if they had any bagpipers to recommend for our Mom’s funeral. They gave us Michael Gibbs’ name and contact information. By far, the best part of the entire weekend was the bagpipe music that Michael provided. He brought the perfect spirit and presence to our service, both as an individual and a musician. Absolutely everyone who attended mentioned how amazing it was to experience the ethereal music. Highly recommended. It meant SO much to us all. Wonderful experience.
He was very professional, and courteous. He arrived on time, and was patient when our relatives were late. He played beautifully and customized tunes to fit our needs and clan history. I would recommend him to my family and friends.
As a mother-of-the-Bride I can say Micheal Gibbs was the easiest vendor of our entire wedding to work with. Michael Gibbs fulfilled my daughter’s wedding dreams of having a Scottish themed wedding. He was so easy to work with. He new exactly what we wanted. He made the processional , the bride and father-of-the bride and recessional sings perfect! He explained everything to our daughter when he arrived. The bagpipes sounded so perfect inside our venue (Wadley Farms Castle, in Lindon Utah). He was so kind. Michael Gibbs reached out to me when Covid changed our plans and rescheduled easily. We couldn’t be happier.
Michael was very professional during the grave side service. He was on time, and immaculately presented. We agreed on the music program per phone and he played it to perfection with heart and soul. A Celtic tradition of leading the soul home was beautiful and eased the pain of loss for my sister and I.
Michael was an integral part of our graveside service. Leading up to the main event, he was very responsive and helped guide the family throufh choosing the best music. On the day, he played beautifully, his music supporting us in our grief and fitting perfectly with the tears and laughter. Thank you, Michael, for helping us make this goodbye special.
Mike and a partner played bagpipes for one of our church meetings. He allowed me to suggest all the hymns I wanted played. He kept in touch when we needed to make adjustments to the hymns we chose. Our program changed and it seemed with each change we expected more of Michael and he was always willing to adjust and add our requests to the agenda. Couldn't be more pleased with how well he did.!
We hired Michael to help us spread some cheer through our neighborhood. He was professional, entertaining and dressed for the part. We will absolutely hire him again!
We had Michael play the bag pipes at my brothers funeral. I would highly recommend him for any occasion, he set the mood for the entire funeral, closing with going home. Words cannot express our gratitude.
Michael was an excellent find. He was quick to respond to my inquiries. He helped me understand the traditions of a bagpiper at a funeral. His skills with the pipes are amazing.
Michael has played at my daughters wedding and more recently at my mothers furneral. He is very professional and does a fabulous job. If you are looking for a bagpiper he's your guy.
I am the Marketing Manager at the Sandy Texas Roadhouse & we've hired Michael Gibbs 2 years in a row for Veterans Day to show our love and appreciation to them & each time he continues to wow our guest. We love doing business with him & will continue too.
Michael Gibbs played the bagpipes at my Dad’s graveside funeral recently.
His music was amazing, he was prompt, reliable and easy to work with.
Michael was so kind and willing to discuss and explain different songs and his process. His talent and experience is immediately obvious - he has a lot of knowledge and played beautifully. When he talked about The Crossing and played Going Home while slowly walking away, it moved us all to tears. We were very appreciative of his music, professionalism and empathy towards our family. We all highly recommend and will definitely call upon him again in the future. Thank you again, Michael!
We hired Mr. Gibbs for the graveside service portion of my father's funeral. He was excellent in his work, and very easy to talk to and arrange things. We were very pleased with his bagpipe playing, and his experience made it very helpful. I can tell Mr. Gibbs could satisfy anyone looking to hire a bagpipe player for any of a number events, occasions, etc. If I, or any associates, need a bagpipe player in the future we'll definitely look to him again.
Michael was seriously amazing - don't wait to book him! We planned a last minute wedding in Covid. I'd booked a bagpiper for our original wedding in CA, and when we decided to do something small in Park City, based on my research online Michael was the best in the area. He did not disappoint from our first call! He was very responsive, helpful with suggestions of tunes, was very flexible and self sufficient (we only really had a day-of coordinator and I put the two of them in touch to coordinate with one another - I hadn't even seen the venue before and couldn't really tell him where to meet us or where he'd be performing - but he went with the flow!).
The bagpipes were a surprise for my dad (who is Scottish) and his tears of joy and the pictures of his reaction were priceless!
Michael was flexible and stayed on into our cocktail hour to play a few requests from my dad. There were lots of emotions and tears of happiness - the bagpipe is just such a romantic, dramatic, incredible sound.
Thank you Michael for being such a meaningful part of our day! We wouldn't hesitate to book you again.
Michael Gibbs is the best Bagpiper I've ever heard in person. I can't thank him enough for the wonderful job he did at my Dad's funeral today. He was extremely professional and was an expert player. He took care in presenting himself well and also giving us a good demonstration of the songs he played. At the very end, he explained the Scottish tradition at funerals and he was able to represent that tradition beautifully. I am so thankful I was able to find him to play at my dads funeral. I know my dad was smiling from heaven.
Michael, first off thank you!
I arranged this event with Michael and wanted the Pipes and drums kick off the toast and celebration!
Easy to work with and tailored the performance for the event.
I requested Highland Cathedral and Amazing Grace.
Wanting 3 Bagpipes,1 Bass Drum, 2 Tenor drums and a snare.
They came in the Ballroom at the Zermatt playing an intro, dressed in full kilts, played Highland Cathedral, played and additional song, ending with Amazing Grace. Exited the Ballroom playing proudly.
The bands Professionalism and showmanship was over the top.
My Daughters was in tears, and could not believe she had Bagpipes for her wedding.
It was the talk of the party, and people are still commenting on how much they enjoyed the surprise.
Thank you Michael and your crew again, you added a great memory to this special event and my Daughters special day.
I can't say enough.
Michael was prompt, dressed to the nines and treated our family with so much kindness and respect. He played for my Dad’s 70th birthday party and the whole family was in tears (the good kind 😉) while Michael played. What an amazing experience for our family. Thank you!
Michael created the perfect environment for our memorial event at Sugarhouse Park. He is very personable, professional and talented on the bagpipes. We highly recommend him and appreciate his thoughtfulness and compassion during this difficult time for our family. Thank you Michael. The Griffith's!
Michael was a pleasure to work with. He arrived early and performed beautifully. This event was a celebration of life for my mother who is Scottish and I know she was smiling from above. Thank you Michael for making it perfect.
I hired Michael to come and play bagpipes for my mothers funeral. I had hired him preciously for play the bagpipes for my fathers funeral just two months prior. He did a great job as always. He played amazing bagpipe music and shared a lovely experience stating that he felt my dad waiting for my mom and sensed that they walked off to paradise together. Thank you for the lovely music, experience, and sharing that incredible last moment with me. My father played Highland Cathedral on his small bagpipes as he walked me down the isle of my ring ceremony. That song has always been special to me and now it’s even more special because Michael played it as he walked my mom and dad off to the other side.
Michael was a great addition to the party! Very happy that we were able to have him come and play for us! Very talented!
Michael is a great! Easy to work with, great price, and really good at performing as well.
I'm looking to Hire Michael again for a family member of mine that lived in Scotland for some time.
I asked Michael to provide graveside music at my grandpa's funeral service. He came early, verified schedule details with me, and was very personable and kind. His music was much appreciated by all in attendance. I will be sure to contact him again in the future.
Thank you so much for your beautiful performance, Michael! It was a very special tribute to my father who was a bagpiper himself. You did an amazing job! Everyone at the funeral was very impressed with the beautiful music. Thank you for explaining the Celtic tradition to my family and for making it a special experience.
Michael Gibbs was just what our family needed to heal our souls at a time when they announced that ten people could be present at our mother’s funeral , his presence brought back memories of her love for her Scottish heritage and her love for family.
Michael Gibbs provided a very special spirit at my mothers funeral. Her Brother played the bagpipes and very proud of his Scottish heritage as were many who attended the funeral. Michael was extremely professional and very informative when asked questions about the songs he played and the authentic Scottish clothing he wore. His music was beautiful he played! We highly recommend Michael Gibbs for your event!
I got Michael day of my party and he was able to come to my sons 40 th birthday surprise party. My son loves bagpipes. Michael was fabulous. He took requests, he had question and answer time in between songs. Very professional. Our entire group was so very impressed and moved by his performance. My son will never forget this night! Thanks so much for coming and making memories with us and being a dream come true for my son.
I first heard Michael Gibb and fellow pipers at Overstock during their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and I got chills, they were amazing! I knew he would be perfect to pipe me down the aisle at my wedding. Sure enough, Michael Gibb and Company absolutely blew me away with their talent and professionalism on my special day. The moment I turned the corner with my father and heard them play as we both walked down the aisle is a moment I’ll never forget — it was incredible.
Michael is the best!!
Michael was eager to please--marching through the gathering, playing requests, role playing for laughs, and explaining that many church hymns originated with traditional Irish folk songs. I highly recommend him!
I used GigSalad, and Michael responded right away. He was easy to work with and understood what was needed and the logistics involved. No issues at all with connecting and very talented. We used him for a rehearsal dinner at a restaurant in SLC - he started our evening with a festive note!
I have used Michael Gibbs two years in a row now. He always delivers a performance that makes families, friends, and graduating students ooh and awe over the heartfelt and moving sounds of the songs he plays with his bag pipe. He recommend a second piper and percussion drummer for our ceremonies that really added extra umph to the event. Thank you, Michael.
Michael's performance at our dad's graveside was perfection. He played while guests arrived, and when it came time to play the Marine Corps Hymn, then turned and walked away while playing the song gave us chills and brought tears to our eyes. Beautifully done in honoring our dad, Sgt Lawrence E Brown, USMC. He would be proud. Thank you, Michael. We will definitely hire your talents again.
Jan Brown (wife), Jill Calder and Jim Brown (children)
Mr. Gibbs was very professional and communication leading up to the funeral was exceptional. His talent of bagpipe playing was just as exceptional. All family and friends that attended my mother's funeral commented after the services of how lovely his music is and was appreciated by all. I highly recommend Mr. Gibbs for any event.
Michael helped us with a fun birthday surprise for a colleague of ours. Even though it was a short, simple gig, Michael was very helpful, flexible, and good-natured about the request. The surprise turned out great, and was well received. Michael was a professional all the way through the process. We greatly appreciate his time and talents!
Two handsome men dressed in kilts emerged at our special event as a surprise to our guests to play two numbers. They wowed the crowd and were perfect in terms of talent on the pipes, outfits, demeanor. Michael Gibbs who scheduled the guys was terrific and the two pipers could not have been more responsive.
Thanks for the great performance!
Michael did a fantastic job at my grandfather’s funeral. He even played a song not usually in his playbill because it had been one of my grandpa’s favorites. He was so thorough about how he proceeds at funerals, explained the tradition of bagpipes, and was very accommodating to the honor guard that were there. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. He was professional and a great piper.
Excellent piper, but more than that he took the time in advance to walk through everything step by step to make sure he knew exactly what we wanted. He also explained Scottish tradition surrounding funerals, told us the names of tunes, etc. Just fantastic in every way.
We have hired Michael twice now. He’s wonderful to work with. Always on time and plays beautifully.
Michael was professional, sharp, and on point. He called the day before to double-check the details of the event and see if we had any last minute requests. He was punctual and performed perfectly. The music was a wonderful backdrop to a difficult day for many in attendance. We received so many compliments from those there that it really made the graveside service special.
Michael responded immediately to my request for a bid. He was professional and considerate during a very sad and difficult time of the passing of my father. He helped guide us with the way to proceed with the musical portion of the service which was so moving and inspirational!
Very knowledgeable and skilled bagpiper. This was a very memorable high light for the birthday party.
Thank you so much for your performance during our birthday party for our father, grandfather, uncle and friend. It was so special, your musical selections were perfect. We as a family give you a “10” ! We can’t wait for the event next year.
Anyone interested in booking you would be very pleased with your, attention to detail, timing and interest in the scheduled event.
The David T Buck Family
Michael is not only an amazing Piper, he’s a wealth of cultural knowledge. My Irish father wanted a Wake, but I had never personally attended one. With Michael’s vast experience and gracious assistance, I delivered an extraordinary evening starting w/ a Piper and Drummer marching to our home playing "Amazing Grace", followed by family and friends sharing tall Irish tales about my Dad interspersed with a variety of Irish melodies and jigs, and then closing with the traditional Crossing as they played "Going Home" marching west into the sunset. The Crossing brought the house down, as even my dog barked in cadence with their departure.
Friends, family and neighbors are still talking about how powerfully emotional, but more importantly how much fun it was to “Wake” my Dad for one last celebration of his life. Now even my friends who aren’t Irish want a Piper when they “Cross”.
Thank you Michael for helping me coordinate the logistics and making my Dad's Wake an event to remember!!!
I cannot say enough about Michael playing at our graveside funeral service. When I put in the request he called and walked me through what he could do and it sounded amazing. The entire family knew that this would be such a great way to have the services. He arrived before and was there to play through out the services. His playing was beautiful and so respectful. We will be forever grateful for his talent and for the impact he had that day! Thank you!
Mike is a talented musician. We greatly appreciated his talent and professionalism.
Michael was very helpful in working with us to decide what was appropriate for our event. We appreciated his insights as well as the excellent performance.
Michael was excellent! He performed very well and people at the wedding loved having a bagpiper. He was very professional and helped out on a lot of details and guidance. Would highly recommend him for any event.
Response from Bagpiper Michael Gibbs/Heathen Highlanders:
Thank you. It's always a pleasure to share life moments with people. If you would not mind, p!ease give me a call on my cell at 801-244-4463. I have a quick question about the wedding.
Michael was easy to work with and attentive to what I was looking for.
He even provided a bit of special folklore that made the event extra special.
Michael Gibbs showed up early dressed in full Scottish kilt. As the hearse arrived, the bagpipes were playing Amazing Grace which stopped as they unloaded the casket. During the funeral Mike played Oh Danny Boy, and then at the conclusion he played Going Home as he walked off into the distance. Tremendous feelings of farewell to our family as we layed our dad's body to rest.
Mike did a tremendous job. He drove 3 hours to Vernal. Thanks Mike for adding a special touch.
Michael played for our son's Eagle Scout Court of Honor and made it a memorable experience! We were happy that we decided to have him play the bagpipes as part of the flag ceremony and perform a song as the introduction to the Eagle presentation. He plays awesome, arrived on time, and was very professional in setting up the details.
Michael's talent and help in music selection made the graveside service for my father forever memorable. The music was coordinated with the Military Honors which made the service even more special. I was able to schedule just a few days before and he was punctual and professional in every way.
I would highly recommend this musician where bagpipe music is desired.
Michael was punctual and played very well! My husband was very surprised! I will definitely hire Michael again for all of our events!
Michael was great. He arranged for another piper and a drummer as requested and the music provided by the trio was perfect. He was so easy to work with. Couldn't have asked for more.
I found Michael Gibbs through this site and didn't have any prior information on him. I found Michael to be very professional, punctual, and skilled. Michael worked with us on the plans we had for our graveside service. He provided suggests which were very helpful. His performance at the graveside service was beautiful, and very appropriate. I would highly recommended Michael to anyone who wishes to use his services.
What a great experience, from the very beginning until the heartfelt goodbyes. I contacted Michael through gigsalad.com to play our town's July 24th Pioneer Day celebration. Contact, via text and phone calls, while planning the event were met with ease and Michael was very accommodating to our specific needs. Michael arrived on time, was extremely polite and was patient with sound and staging errors on my end. Michael put on an amazing show, holding the attention of a captive audience for the entire performance. Michael is very trained, professional and capable at his craft. He has many years experience and it shows. The crowd had a GREAT time and wanted to meet and greet with Michael after, where he answered questions and genuinely visited with everyone. I have received MANY compliments on his behalf and we look forward to having more interaction with Michael in the future. I do not generally do reviews, but feel the need to shout Michael's praises. You will be thrilled with his services!
Response from Bagpiper Michael Gibbs/Heathen Highlanders:
Thank you so much for the opportunity to come share your wonderful community celebration. Small town patriotism is the best! We are always pleased when our performance is well received. Thank you for your gracious hospitality and the warm welcome from you, your husband, and the whole town. We would love future interaction with you and the town of Meadow.
Mike Gibbs was wonderful. We discussed the numbers to be played, and the music made our Scottish reunion. We are in hopes that the people that attended, will follow through, and enlist other family members to search for their relatives. Mike looked professional,and handsome. His music was excellent and his is very friendly and enjoyable. Thanks again Mike..........Karren Balderston Bountiful, Utah
Excellent. Bagpiper walked behind casket playing as it was wheeled by pallbearers for 200 yards to grave site. After dedicatory prayer he played retreating into distance toward his vehicle. Family and gathered friends thoroughly appreciated the bagpipe music. As the deceased had served an LDS mission to Scotland, the bagpiping was most appropriate, Bagpiper did an excellent job.
He was outside our reception playing and the piped us in to our grand entrance. His playing and Celtic dress attire is amazing. He made our day!! Thanks again Michael xoxo
Michael was fantastic and so professional! From our first contact I had complete confidence in him. His kindness and sympathy for my family was genuine and felt by all those who attended the service.
Very personable, and professional. He made an already great event even better!
Michael answered our request on short notice. Made suggestions for other ideas, which we implemented. Communicated well so we had no worries as to if he would come or what to expect. Arrived on time. Performed well. Improved our event.
Michael Gibbs, you were outstanding as you lead our graduating undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Health, University of Utah convocation. Both the afternoon and evening sessions at the Huntsman Center and Kingsbury hall (5/4 & 5/5/2017). Thank you SO much. We look forward to contracting your services again next year.
I was so pleased with Michael Gibbs. From the very start this young man gave me support that I so badly needed. He asked the right questions, he gave such helpful advise, he knew his job and performed it flawlessly. I will never be able to thank him enough for his service to my son and our family. He left us with a feeling of peace knowing that our loved one had been safely guided across the veil. My Michael would have loved this honor.
Did a great job!
Michael was very quick to respond and communicated the entire time about what to expect. He showed up on time and played as many songs as we wanted and played them well! Highly recommend him!
Response from Bagpiper Michael Gibbs/Heathen Highlanders:
Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope the St. Patrick's party becomes a neighborhood tradition... Wonderful setting and stellar party.
Michael Gibbs did an excellent job making our event perfect. He was mindful of our guests and was flawless in his performance. He was very prompt in his response to our requests and was willing to make the day a very memorable one. He helped make our day of mourning and loss, a very peaceful day. I would highly recommend him to everyone in the need of an amazing bagpipe expert. Thank you
Response from Bagpiper Michael Gibbs/Heathen Highlanders:
Thank you so very much for allowing me to be part of your day. My sincere sympathies and condolences to you and the family.
Always a pleasure to have at r party. These guy rock
I've had the opportunity to see Mike's work a couple of times. He's very talented. He played for a funeral for our family and he was extremely kind and compassionate. I highly recommend Mike.
Michael did a wonderful job at our Burns supper. He mentioned he has played for several Burns suppers before, so we asked for some tips, as this was our first supper. His suggestions made our evening just perfect. His bagpiping skills were more than we could ask for and set the perfect tone for the evening. He was even willing to stay and answer questions for us about the bagpipes. He was very knowledgeable, and that was a fun bonus to have. We truly appreciated his professionalism in all that he did. We would highly recommend him for any of your bagpiping needs. We will be contacting him in the future.
I contacted Mr. Gibbs after our original bagpiper had to cancel. Michael Gibbs was quick to respond, very comforting and put all of our fears at ease. He handled himself with the upmost professionalism, and fulfilled every request we had. Wonderfully done, and at the last minute to boot. Thank you so much for sharing the tradition of leading the departed off at the end. The family was very moved by that moment. Thank you again for stepping in and making our funeral one to remember.
Grandpa always wanted pipes at his funeral. Michael Gibbs was kind, professional, courteous, and piped our patriarch home properly. Perfectly done, in spite of the cold. Thank you for adding your stirring and wonderful music to our celebration of his life, and our final goodbye's. We highly recommend Mr. Gibbs for any piping needs.
Response from Bagpiper Michael Gibbs/Heathen Highlanders:
Thank you so much for allowing me to pipe for your family again. Condolences and sympathies to you and yours.
The wedding had extra magic because of Mr. Gibbs. Well above our wishes for our daughter's wedding. Michael is very kind, personable, and a very talented piper!
Michael was very professional and gracious and we worked out a great way to integrate his Bagpipe performance into our Braveheart event fundraiser. Thank you Michael!
We used a Scottish theme for our family Christmas party this year. We have Scottish ancestry so felt this would be a unique and fun way to celebrate this beautiful holiday. We had no experience with bagpipers in the past and had no idea what to expect. Michael Gibbs was outstanding! From our first contact to the first sound of his pipes, his performance was professional, brilliant, exciting and most importantly, very personable and inclusive of his captive audience. It was a small group of about 25 held in our small home. The ages ran from age 82 to three years old. The little ones danced to the pipes, he called on the teens to demonstrate a bit, and even led the children in a parade through the kitchen. His playing was incredible! This man knows his pipes, Scottish history and could play every request. He arrived at the exact time he said he would and had us memorized from the beginning. We were a small audience, but he entertained as if we were royalty. I would very highly recommend this man for any occasion you might need someone of the highest talent and ability.
Response from Bagpiper Michael Gibbs/Heathen Highlanders:
Very kind words, very gracious family. The shortbread cookies were well received by my entire family. Thanks so much for allowing me to be part of the festivities. Please call anytime you are in need of some good, loud, Scottish cheer and music.
I was so pleased with the beautiful tribute Michael did for my brother. My brothers one wish was for Amazing Grace to be played at his funeral. His passing was unexpected but We remembered his one wish. When I contacted Michael and explained what we were looking for he was so professional and compassionate. He not only was willing to play what we asked for, he offered other numbers and explained their meanings during the service. It was a wonderful tribute to my brother and best friend. I was asked from several people afterwards how I found a bagpiper and how beautiful it was. Thank you for a incredible memory we will hold for an incredible person we will miss.
Robyn Gill Smith
I was a little worried about only booking online and not being able to speak with the performer we would hire. By the same note, I wanted us both to be comfortable and keep communications online. Michael immediately offered condolences and provided his contact information so we could talk personally. I later re-capped everything online to him and all went extremely smooth. He offered suggestions to help me create a program that included all of our desired musical numbers and he added special touches along the way. He coordinated with Military and other events we had going on at the funeral making for a seamless program despite it being the first time any of them had met. Amazing & beautiful day. I had many of our guests ask me about him and comment how wonderful he was. We will most definitely use Michael for all of our bagpipe needs. Thank you Michael!!!
I am very happy with Michael's responsiveness, professionalism, timeliness, as well as his charisma. I surprised my husband for his 60th birthday. I had no idea what to expect but we were all pleasantly surprised and everyone was impressed. Thank you Michael for making this an even more special event.
We enjoyed Michael Gibbs's bagpipe performance very much at my Dad's graveside service.
He also shared the old Irish / Scottish legend of leading the deceased person to the next life, which was very meaningful to my family.
Michael was a great addition to the funeral service. He was prompt, courteous, professional, and kept me informed. He was understandable when things ran late. It would be an honor to refer him to all my friends who need his service. He added the spirit of his music to the service. Thanks Michael for making the service memorable
Michael Gibbs is the best piper to work with. He is highly flexible and extremely creative. He even make requested Beatle's songs work well on the bagpipes! He is highly skilled, very professional and accommodating.
Michael knew exactly how to make my mother's funeral a graceful event. He was perfect from the moment I contacted him. He knew exactly what to suggest and was highly professional. He was also willing to travel far for this event. His piping is exceptional and he is willing to try any song you would like. So grateful for his help.
Michael was very gracious in agreeing to play at my Mother's funeral with very short notice. Everybody commented on what a great "finishing touch" he added. Very kind soul and he played just the right music to soothe family and send her spirit to heaven. Thank You!
Michael was the piper for our wedding Jan 11th, 2014. Once I had contacted him he immediately responded, which is always appreciated when planning a wedding. We spoke on the phone and he was very pleasant an professional before, and during the wedding. He clearly has done this many times; was helpful in guiding us. He did all the music for the ceremony, and his suggestions worked well. My only concern was the bagpipes may be too loud for an indoor wedding, and they were not. Thank you Michael!
What to Expect
As a professional bagpiper and performer I would like to encourage you to put your trust in my 33+ years of piping experience.
I have been called upon to play the bagpipes at just about every sort of event imaginable. I've performed for government officials, heads of state, religious leaders, law enforcement, fire departments, veteran associations, The Knights Templar’s, The Olympic Bid Committee and athletes at the Olympic village in 2002, numerous Irish and Scottish dance academies, College and University graduations and functions, The Utah Scottish Association, Golf Tournaments, Fund raisers, Burns suppers galore, over 1700 funerals, 400 weddings, and countless parades, family reunions, birthdays, memorials, farewells and homecomings. I’ve organized and produced major concerts for bagpipe bands and Celtic dance groups.
I have also competed at the highest level in individual piping, and have honed my craft and ability to "professional" levels within the pipe band community. With all of my experience playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, I’ve learned that what is most important is that the audience receive a performance tailor made for them. From birthday parties to funerals and everything in between, the performance must be just right for each individual event, but must also be played at the highest level of professionalism. I can customize costuming and uniforming to reflect your event. I also have access to additional pipers, drummers, and Scottish as well as Irish dancers to customize your functions for a distinct and unique performance.
Contact me and let me make your event distinct and professional in a way that few other pipers have mastered.
Michael D Gibbs
Michael Gibbs, Highland Bagpiper:
Premier Bagpipe Service in the State of Utah.
Grade 1 Soloist
When you contact Michael Gibbs to provide the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipes at your event, you can rest assured you have found the best!
For 33+ years Michael Gibbs has been providing the citizens of Utah and surrounding states with the best bagpiping service around. He has competed and won at the highest levels in the pipe band community, honing his craft and art to the highest "professional" levels. He has performed for a wide range of events, from Government and Corporate events, College and University graduations, Law Enforcement and Fire Department/EMS functions, Veterans associations and Military ceremonies, religious functions, Scottish and Irish/Hibernian societies, many dance groups, parades, hundreds of weddings, birthdays, family reunions and over 1500 funerals. Michael has been extremely successful as a performer and competition piper, having been a leading member of The Salt Lake Scots, The Utah Pipe Band, The LA Scots and The Heathen Highlanders. Michael has also worked with and mentored hundreds of pipers. Knowing how to customize a performance to the audience has become a focal point with Michael that few other pipers locally have mastered in his distinct fashion.
With 33+ years of experience and knowledge, Michael can give any performance a personal and professional touch that will make each event memorable and unique.
Additional Booking Notes
Bagpipes are a stand alone instrument. Usually no sound equipment or additional items are necessary.
Past Booked Events
|August 12, 2021 • 11:00am - 11:15am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|June 13, 2021 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|July 04, 2020 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm||House Party|
|May 25, 2020 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|August 30, 2017 • 5:00pm - 5:15pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 29, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|March 31, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|January 18, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
Traditional Irish, Scottish and Welsh tunes. May be able to customize tunes for events. I have played Beatles tunes on my pipes for an event before, as well as many well know hymns. Bagpipes are limited by 9 notes, but I am willing to try and accommodate tune selection if it will transpose to pipes. Many Patriotic tunes transpose well, including the various Military Anthems the the 5 Branches of the Armed Forces.
Bagpipes are highly portable and can be played virtually anywhere. Have pipes, will travel.