At the age of 8, David began his piping tuition with Noarlunga City Pipe Band (PM, Bill Corrin) in South Australia, where he gained valuable parade experience. He was eventually selected by the City of Adelaide Pipe Band (PM, Bret Tidswell) and participated in their development programme, tutored by James (Jim) Smith.
At 18, when David moved to the UK he continued his piping as a solo player, with many weddings, funerals, Burns suppers etc. David had a brief stint with the Pride of Murray Pipe Band in London, which included Artois Libéré parades, in remembrance of WWII, in Calais, France and surrounding towns in 2010.
When David returned to Australia, he took up the position of Pipe Major with the Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band in Victoria, where he undertook the development of their music and general artistic planning. He was also a member of the Victorian Pipers’ Association and through this, embarked on some invaluable tuition with Terry Tully, during his visit to Australia.
David’s job then took him to New Zealand, where he joined the City of Wellington Pipe Band and held the positions of Pipe Sergeant and Band Secretary, again with significant development of the artistic planning and musical progress of the band. This included securing RNZPBA education funding for a joint band retreat and concert with the Wairarapa Fern & Thistle Pipe Band, where he conjointly acted as Pipe Major, to assist in their musical development and artistic planning.
David plays 1990’s R.G. Hardie blackwood pipes, with Balance Tone (HR) drone reeds, Chesney chanter reed, Gannaway leather pipe bag with Highland Reeds moisture control system and a David Naill blackwood solo chanter. In March 2022, David returned to the UK to pursue his love of Piobaireachd and will resume private lessons in Scotland.
In July 2022, David was appointed as Pipe Major of the City of Sheffield Pipe Band and looks forward to working with them on musical development and building the band’s season and future. https://cityofsheffieldpipe.band/pipe-major/