@angelBraids - I was a member of a Pipe band for a good while in my teens, though my instrument was the drums rather than the pipes.
It's hard to put an exact time frame on learning, but it would be possible to get quite good in a year or two. Teenagers, those with musical experience and anyone with a lot of determination will probably take to it faster.
The beginner should start with what we call a practice chanter. This is pretty much essential, and you'd need to spend around $80 for a decent one. At this stage it's no bag, just pipes. You could also buy a metronome and perhaps a tutor book for home study.
I would recommend anyone who wants to do well to take bagpipe lessons, as teaching yourself can easily lead to bad habits. As it's more than likely you'll eventually play with a band you need this experience too.
When you're ready to buy your bagpipes be prepared to pay anything from $800 - 5000. Something around the $1000 would be fine, or a good brand sold used would also be fine. It's not worth going for something really cheap as the sound quality will be poor.