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David Johnston

An Irishman through and through, David [more of David Johnston] was born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland and started to play the bagpipes at the young age of thirteen.  In his quest to develop and improve his talent, he joined the Irish Guards Pipe Band.  David regularly performed at such events as State Banquets and the Annual Trooping of the Colour at Horse Guards in London in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

After numerous successes in many solo piping competitions, David was soon posted to the Guards Depot Piping School as a piping instructor for the Irish and Scots Guards.  There he received further advanced instruction and mentoring from the famous Pipe/Major Jimmy Banks.  During his 5 years with the piping school, David won the World Championships and also the London Society Solo Piping Competition in both the “Piobaireachd“ and “March, Strathspey and Reel" disciplines.  He then attended military piping courses at the Army School of Piping (at Edinburgh Castle) under the watchful eye of the late Pipe/Major Angus Macdonald.  Following a glowing recommendation from the school, David attended the 9-month pipe majors course and achieved a Grade A pass.

David then proceeded to take on the appointment of Pipe/Major with the British Army. During his spare time, he was also Pipe/Major of the award winning Leapoughs Pipe Band from Northern Ireland.  David led the band to great success in the competition scene with one memorable achievement being a second place in the European Pipe Band Competition in Scotland.

David still finds time in his busy schedule to compete successfully on the Solo Piping Competition scene.  His latest achievement at Xanten this year (2011) was winning first place in the Senior Piobaireachd and Senior MSR category, which shows real evidences of his endurance and talent in this area.  He still teaches throughout Europe at various workshops and is often called upon to judge Pipe Band and Solo Competitions.  David is currently the Senior Pipe Major and Musical Director of the Crossed Swords Pipe Band, which is probably one of the biggest Pipe Bands in the world.  Through his leadership and experience he has successfully led the band at 2 of the most biggest and prestigious Military Tattoos in the World:  Moscow Military Tattoo on Red Square 2011 and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Edinburgh Castle) in Scotland 2011.  David managed to break down all the barriers that have until now prevented European Pipe Bands from taking part in events that are traditionally only available for active Military Bands.  The Crossed Swords performed under David to such high standards that they are now the only Pipe Band outside the British Military with open invitations to both these prominent events.
David has built his own business on quality, service and reliability.  This is evidenced by his close relationship with the Bagpipe Makers of Destination, David Naill & Co, for the past 20 years.  The Piper’s Corner also trade in reasonably priced, high quality pipe band drums and uniforms.  The shop dose give a special discount for band and bulk orders.  
Please contact the Piper’s Corner team for further professional advice and information.