CHEK Upside: ‘Piper Nate’ surprises front-line worker with solo bag-piping serenade

CHEK Upside: 'Piper Nate' surprises front-line worker with solo bag-piping serenade
WatchHe goes by the name 'Piper Nate', and today, the 14-year military veteran took on a secret mission.

He goes by the name “Piper Nate,” and Wednesday, he took on a secret mission.

“So we’re doing a surprise bag-pipe for the director of Kiwanis Pavilion,” Nathaniel Roberts told CHEK News.

Roberts, or “Piper Nate,” was asked by staff of Kiwanis Pavilion care home to provide a solo concert for Shannon Johnson as a way to thank Johnson for her hard work during the now 45-day quarantine at the facility.

“The residents need a lot of care and attention so this is a good way to thank her,” said Roberts.

After a quick warm-up, the real show began at 1:15 p.m. sharp.

Despite heavy rain, Roberts, a 14-year military veteran who now runs a carpet and upholstery business, marched his way to centre stage (the courtyard adjacent Kiwanis Pavilion).

With COVID-19 bringing Robert’s small business to a standstill, he’s happily performed several gigs as his alter ego ‘Piper Nate’.

“I’ve been cranking out the pipes and playing a few tunes for people, just volunteering services for eldercare facilities,” said Roberts.

The serenading bagpipe performance went off without a hitch. A short, yet sweet 10-minute concert. Johnson didn’t suspect a thing.

“I was like, do I hear bagpipes?” said Johnson.

“It went great!” said Roberts. “I surprised Shannon, she was utterly shocked.”

Coincidentally, Shannon and her team wore sports jerseys today as another way to help build morale. But for the staff and patients, nothing brings joy quite like the universal language of music.

“We have one hundred and twenty-two residents living here and a lot of them have dementia and so with the music, it doesn’t matter where we are, everybody stops, smiles and enjoys it,” said Johnson.

As the encore wrapped up, “Piper Nate” left Shannon and the rest of Kiwanis Pavillion with a little brightness on a dreary day.

For “Piper Nate”, it’s onto his next music mission, as the benevolent bag-piper says he’s just getting started.

“I just love making people feel good with music. I’m always going to be playing the bagpipes as long as I have fingers and lungs.”


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