I have done many events and every single birthday party I've piped has always been a surprise for the birthday guy or gal. Bagpipes are without question heard before they are seen and can throw off then the most savvy surprise snooper. You may ask, "can you play the happy birthday song?" and the answer is yes!
You don't have to be of Celtic decent to have bagpipes for your birthday party because just like on St. Patrick's Day when everyone is Irish, on your birthday you can be Celtic. Most under estimate how sneaky you need to be as a bagpiper when showing up because the kilt and instrument gives us a way real fast. I've done a lot of surprise parties and even surprise proposals and I have learned to keys to not be seen or if seen how to play it off.
Hiring Joyful Noise Bagpiping is always a safe bet to make sure you get exactly what you want and more!