The Crossed Swords Pipes & Drums
PIPE MAJOR DAVID JOHNSTON An Irishman through and through, David 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 Drums and Pipes. David regularly performed at prestige events such as State Banquets and the Annual Trooping of the Colour at Horse Guards in London in honor of Her Majesty the Queen. After astonishing success in numerous 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 (solo piping) instruction and mentoring from the famous Pipe Major Jimmy Banks (Senior Pipe Major Scots Guards). During his 6 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 (Scots Guards). Following a glowing recommendation from the school, David attended the 9-month Pipe major´s course and achieved a Grade A pass.David 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 abundant success in the competition scene with one memorable achievement being a second place in the European Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. David now runs a very successful Bagpiping business in Germany, which has been built on quality, professionality, service and reliability. This is evidenced by his close relationship with the Bagpipe Makers of Destination, David Naill & Co, for the past 32 years and being their sole agent for mainland Europe.
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