Caleb the Piper Bagpipe Fund

$4,850 of $4,700 goal

Raised by 50 people in 20 months
The goal of this GoFundMe is to ask friends, family, and bagpipe music enthusiasts near and far to contribute towards...

The repair and retirement of Caleb Gilbert's original set of Highland bagpipes (which were recently damaged), purchase a NEW set of Highland bagpipes, and buy him a set of small pipes for his 40th birthday!


Caleb  is a well-loved Highland Bagpiper in Michigan.
He purchased his first and only set of bagpipes at the age of 16.  He worked all summer to buy them and the first time he played them was at his Grandmother's house.  It's been a long time since those first notes squawked out of these bagpipes (pictured), and now he has students of his own. 

His trusty and loyal bagpipes have been with him through thick and thin. He has played with the Red Thistle Pipes and Drums, and at the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade.  He has performed at venues big and small such as festivals, religious events, birthdays, funerals, and many others (including his own wedding) and has allowed him to meet an unprecedented number of talented artists and wonderful friends along the way.  It has been an awesome journey so far...

However, the fateful day inevitably came when his beloved bagpipes endured considerable damage due to becoming fragile after 24 years of faithful use.

Realizing how many memories are tied to this now invaluable instrument, he believes that it would be best to retire them, or risk losing them completely.

But there is still more music to be played....

It has been his hope to buy new bagpipes, gear, and a set of small pipes for many many years, but being a staunch and loyal family man, has not been able to do so. Every year he tries, but every year one emergency or another takes place. Now, because his only set of bagpipes are damaged, we (his family) realize the need is at hand but we will need help doing so.

Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated!!

This year is Caleb's 40th birthday, so this is a complete surprise! He doesn't know that we are asking on his behalf and he wouldn't think to ask for this from anyone!


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If you have been to the Michigan Renaissance Festival any time in the past 15 years, you probably have seen Caleb the Piper, but more accurately you have probably HEARD his bagpipes playing a jig, piping in the Queen, at noon time parades, playing a wedding, or maybe at the gate for the final revalries at closing time.

If he isn't at festival you might see him piping for a wedding, funeral, or other venue from time to time. His talent has seen his family through many financial set backs and has been a source of income and joy through some very rough patches for many years.   Please help us to ensure  he can continue to "pipe us in" with his amazing bagpiping talent for many years to come.


**this GoFundMe has been established by Caleb's "little family" consisting of his wife and 4 children.  Thank you all for the love and support!
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Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that in order for this fund to continue I have had to make the decision to notify him of this great and wonderful thing you have done for him! While it is not quite the surprise that I had planned, waiting until May to tell him is not an option. However, this does mean that he will be able to purchase his NEW bagpipes and have them before his birthday! I know the birthday part was secondary to him actually being able to retire his original set of bagpipes, so I am really happy to say that this initiative was so overwhelming and wonderful...I cannot wait to see his face when he gets the notification (I will have my camera ready). Also, this fund will stay open until his birthday (May 23) for those you who would still like to contribute to this campaign. The hope is that he will be able to purchase all new gear which includes Highland bagpipes, small pipes, shoes, a new kilt, and new jacket. Thank you again...everyone, for all that you have done. We appreciate it so very much <3
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This response has been really amazing and wonderful - we have almost reached the goal for a new set of bagpipes! I am emotional on Caleb's behalf...I am not sure if I can keep it a secret until his birthday in May, I'm thinking I can last a month!

I know he will be stunned. If we go over goal, then we will be purchasing a set of small pipes as well...then he will be able to play INDOORS with other musicians...which has been a huge wish for him as well.

My heart is bursting over the outpouring of support and love! Thank you thank you <3
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Oh my gosh! This is amazing!!! Thank you all so much!!!
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$4,850 of $4,700 goal

Raised by 50 people in 20 months
Created February 8, 2017
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