Dresden welcomes Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums

The RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums have recently returned from a very successful tour of Germany. Along with Bands from Mexico, Germany, Lithuania and Bulgaria they performed to packed houses in the Hannover AWD Arena, the Dresden Margon Arena and the Leipzig Arena. is year, under the guidance of Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee and Drum Major John Gooding the band followed on from their last successful German tour with three new venues in three consecutive days.

It was very hard work with the venues widely spaced but also very interesting to visit the eastern part of Germany for the first time. East or west, our performances struck a chord with the German public and the band received standing ovations at all three venues. April started another busy period with the Pipes and Drums along with our fellow musicians from the station brass band supporting the – RAF VOLUNTARY BAND ASSOCIATION MASSED VOLUNTARY BAND CONCERT 2011 which was held in the De Montfort Hall in Leicester. Titled, “Spitfire Salute” the concert was very well received by a delighted audience who were treated to a rousing combined bands finale.

As longer daylight hours give the illusion of brighter days ahead, the band is sharpening up its act and fine tuning all the new music learnt during the hard winter practice. And what a year lies before us, lots of parades, tattoos and various performances at home and abroad.

Dumbarton on the 21st May will see RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums field two bands in a competition for the first time. This is the first major competition of the year attracting top bands from UK and abroad, it is a great reflection on RAF Waddington that we can enter two bands in such exalted company.

There is a great buzz and enthusiasm within the band so if you want to join the biggest and busiest Pipe Band in the Royal Air Force then contact the Pipe Major at the band room our visit our web site, www.rafwaddingtonpipeband.com

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