Funeral Bagpipe Services - A fitting way to provide an emotional and meaningful send off for a departed loved one

Professional Funeral Bagpipers from Chicago's Premier Bagpiping Company

Our professional funeral bagpiping service is a fitting way to provide an emotional and meaningful send off for a departed loved one.

For centuries bagpipers have been used at military and state funerals. It is now becoming a more popular feature of everyday funerals.

A bagpiper is one of the most fitting ways to provide an emotional and meaningful send off for a departed loved one. The choice of music can be as important as your choice of funeral home, cemetery or casket.

You use a professional funeral home for all your arrangements, so make sure that you use a professional bagpiper for your musical needs. Our bagpipers are highly experienced and sensitive to what may be a very sad occasion. We always listen to and honour specific requirements and aim to give your loved one the best possible tribute.

Chicalba offers specialised packages to suit individual family wishes. Chicalba can provide musicians for Church services, Graveside services, Cemetery Chapel services and Memorial services. Please see below a guideline of the services we offer, from which you can choose a combination of options. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any specific requirements you may have.

Wake (Funeral Home or Other Venue) Package (approx. fee range $150 to $200)

(prices may be reduced when combined with one of the other Funeral Services packages)

Formal / Organised Wake Service
Pipe at Start of Service
Pipe During Service<
Pipe at End of Service

Less Formal / Relaxed Wake Gathering<
Pipe through room and play briefly by casket, urn or memorial table, then Pipe out of room.

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Funeral Home Only Package (approx. fee range $175 to $200)

Pipe at the end of the service
Pipe Casket out of Funeral Home

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Church Only Package (approx. fee range $200 to $250)

Pipe Casket into Church
Pipe Casket out of Church

A few Churches prefer not to have bagpipes played within the Church sanctuary, so we usually stay at the rear of the Church, or in the vestibule or foyer area. If you want bagpiping inside the Church please speak to your Priest, Pastor, Minister or Musical Director to check that it is okay.

We also advise that you speak to your Priest, Pastor, Minister or Musical Director even if you only want the bagpipes to be played in the Vestibule / Foyer area or outside.

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Cemetery/Chapel Only Package (approx. fee range $175 to $225)

Pipe as Procession arrives and Family gets out of vehicles

Pipe Casket into Chapel
Pipe as Family & friends exit the Chapel

Most cemetery chapels are small, so we play outside before and after the service.

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Cemetery/Graveside Only Package (approx. fee range $200 to $250)

Pipe as Procession arrives and Family gets out of vehicles
Pipe Casket to Graveside
Pipe for lowering of Casket

Pipe at conclusion of Interment Service, either as Family files past Casket or as Family leaves (normally finishes with bagpiper walking off into distance, with music fading away)

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Funeral Home, Church & Cemetery Combined Packages (approx. fee range $225 to $300)

You can choose a combination of options from any of the above packages to suit your requirements.

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Memorial Service Package (approx. fee range $175 to $250)

Pipe Welcome Music outside
Pipe for Processional
Pipe during Service
Pipe for Recessional

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Chicalba Bagpiping Services also provides bagpipers for Memorial Day, Veterans' Day, Remembrance Day or Armistice Day Services and Parades. More information is available upon request.

All prices are only a rough guide and are quoted for a solo bagpiper. No two funerals are exactly the same, so please contact us to discuss your specific requirements and to obtain an accuracte quote. Prices can be provided for additional bagpipers or dummers and also for full or partial portions of packages.

Chicalba Bagpiping Services will provide professional bagpipers in all weather condiitons and throughout the coldest winter months. These bagpipers will play outside wherever possible and only seek refuge from the elements when absolutely necessary.

There may be occasions where the temperature drops below a safe level for both the bagpiper and the instrument. Chicalba will make every effort to keep both the family and the funeral director aware of this during particulary cold spells.

Listen to the Funeral Bagpipe songs here Funeral Bagpipe Packages starting from $150 Call Dave Johnston now on (630) 534 4964 or (708) 539 8267