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.