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The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums

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The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums

The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums are a professional band formed from European countries representing the Celtic origins and the unification of the Clans through music, song and dance, which is imbedded throughout Europe. The band is led by the well-known European based Senior Pipe Major and Director of Music David Johnston. David performs and leads Pipe Bands frequently on the World Stage at prestige events, some of which are, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Scotland), The Royal Tournament (London), Walled City Tattoo in Derry/Londonderry (Ireland) Moscow Military Tattoo (Russia) and The Avenches Tattoo in Switzerland. David is very much looking forward to leading this unique band onto the Red Square this year and displaying the European Celtic roots in the form of music and dance to the Russian people.

The Celts did not document their history, music, song or culture but passed it down through the generations in the form of a story and mystical legends. The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums is a living example of this colourful race and its culture. Members of the band come from Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Germany which is reflected in the colourful uniforms on parade and represents the various European Clans and their respective Clan Tartans.

Many members of the band have played for Presidents and Royalty in their own countries and the vast majority have performed in many and various military Tattoos throughout the world. Emphasise is placed strongly on excellent marching, musical and discipline skills. The band will perform, this year on Red Square, a number of quick and slow marches which reflect the Celtic diaspora in conjunction with Highland Scottish Dancers.

We as a Celtic Band are delighted to be invited to the «Spasskaya Tower» military-music festival in Moscow to both share our culture and witness other nations music in friendship and harmony.

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 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 great 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 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 much success in the competition scene with one memorable achievement being a second place in the European Pipe Band Competition in Scotland.

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 25 years.

Date Time Place
26 August 2017 12:00 — 13:00
20:00 — 22:15
Railway stations
Main scene
27 August 2017 12:00 — 13:00
20:00 — 22:15
Poklonnaya Hill
Main scene
28 August 2017 20:00 — 22:15 Main scene
29 August 2017 20:00 — 22:15 Main scene
30 August 2017 20:00 — 22:15 Main scene
31 August 2017 20:00 — 22:15 Main scene
1 September 2017 20:00 — 22:15 Main scene
2 September 2017 12:00 — 13:00
20:00 — 22:15
Moscow parks
Main scene
3 September 2017 20:00 — 22:15 Main scene
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