Professional Bagpiping services throughout Chicago.
Dave Johnston has been playing the bagpipes for almost 30 years and learnt as a child through the Williamwood Pipe Band in Glasgow, Scotland. Dave played with Williamwood for 23 years before moving to Chicago in 2005 and joining the Chicago Caledonian Pipe Band.
Williamwood Pipe Band won the World Pipe Band Championships in their Grade in 2002 and 2003, before being promoted and crowned European Champions in 2006, then further promoted and crowned Cowal Champions in 2007.
Dave has been teaching for over 15 years both privately and within pipe band structures. He continues to teach a number of private students in the Chicagoland area, including high school students, police officers, fire fighters and many others. He also works as a full time instructor for the Pipes & Drums of the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Fire Department Pipes & Drums.
Dave was one of the founding partners of the highly successful bagpiping business Piping Services Scotland, who currently handle approximately 1,500 weddings per year.
Dave has played all over the world at festivals, concerts and a variety of private functions. He has played at festivals in Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic and Germany, concerts in Denmark, France, Norway, Chicago and San Jose, California and other functions in Ireland, England, Wales, Turkey and New York.
Some of the organisations and businesses that Dave has provided musicians for are the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, American Cancer Society, United Service Organisations (USO) (Military Veterans), USA Rugby (national rugby team), Illinois Saint Andrew's Society, Konica Minolta (cameras), University of Glasgow - Midwest Alumni, HP (computer firm), Caterpillar (construction vehicles), ASDA (UK Grocery form) and the Builder's Merchant Federation (UK).