A busy birthday year for RAF Waddington Pipes & Drums

They look and sound fantastic and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing and seeing them perform you’ll understand just why RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums are held in such high regard among the piping and drumming community – and beyond. 

Formed in 1967 and previously known as No 1 Group (Strike Command) Pipe Band the band renamed themselves in the post-Vulcan era and became RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums.

Personnel may have changed over the years but the name has stayed with the band ever since.

Always in demand they’re celebrating the end of another busy summer season wowing the crowds both at home and abroad.

RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums combined with other RAF musicians to perform as the Royal Air Force Pipes and Drums at the Basel Tattoo, Switzerland. Second only to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Basel has hosted a Tattoo for the last 11 years and has welcomed over 1 million visitors to the event.

The undoubted highlight for visitors was the sight and sound of the massed Pipes and Drums where bands from the UK, USA, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand joined together to produce and perform a spine tingling musical extravaganza.

It was then on to another Military Tattoo as the Swedish town of Ystad welcomed our pipers and drummers this time as part of the Royal Air Force Central Scotland Band.

Closer to home the band has performed at the Winterton Show, Sutton on Sea Carnival Parade as well as a graduation ball at RAF College Cranwell.

To round off the summer it was up to Scotland to the beautiful town of Kirkcudbright to perform for the August Bank Holiday visitors and take part in a very atmospheric evening Tattoo.

There’s no rest just yet though.

Finlay previously trained the pipe band of the Royal Air Force of Oman and has been selected for his experience of the region and his in depth knowledge of Arabic culture and their style of military music. As well as performing at various functions including the British Embassy Reception, the main purpose of his visit is to assess and train the band of The Kuwait National Guard with a view to them performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2020.

Having played in the tattoo on numerous occasions and been given the honour of performing as the Lone Piper on the castle ramparts to a TV audience of over 100 million Finlay is well placed to help them on their journey.

Closer to home the band are busy practicing a new set of drills and tunes in preparation for “RAF 100” ceremonial events next year. You’ll see members of the band parading for Her Majesty the Queen as well as taking a lead role at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

2017 – What a year RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums!

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