Since he was a seven year old Boy Scout in Scotland, eagerly seeking a musician’s arm badge, Pipe Major Waterton-Anderson has been honing his bagpiping skills with the Scottish bagpipes and through many years in both pipe band work and playing solo, he possesses a wealth of experience upon which he can draw.
By the mid 1970’s, David was among the ranks of the ‘Pontefract & District Caledonian Society Pipe Band, eventually becoming the band Secretary and Quartermaster. In 1983, he took part in a series of Military Tattoos in Denmark where ‘Pontefract’ & ‘City of Newcastle’ pipe bands teamed up to play alongside the pipes & drums of the ‘King’s Own Scottish Borderers,’ and the ‘Black Watch.’
As the band climbed the competition ladder, he was part of the winning team that achieved a rise from ‘grade 4’ to ‘grade 3’ whilst also winning prizes in ‘grade 2.’ For a most successful visit in 1996 to Swabisch Gemund in Germany, he was appointed ‘Acting Pipe Major’ of the band, fully taking over that office in later years.
from 1996 he was personal piper to His Grace The Duke of Hamilton & Brandon until the Duke’s death in 2010. In October 2005, he was under the spotlight of the world’s media when he played at the wedding of the daughter of the Ukrainian Prime Minister in Kiev. More recently he was invited to play for His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent (Colonel in Chief of the Scots Guards) at an unveiling ceremony at Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire. He now serves as a guest piper with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in addition to being official piper to “The Council of Scottish Armigerous Clans & Families.”
Pipe Band” where he took instruction from Pipe Major Jeff Nixon, before becoming a piper in the ranks of the newly formed band. He became Pipe Corporal and was among the ranks of pipers when the band lifted the coveted grade 4 championship at the Cowal
For general wear and when playing in solo competitions, David wears his own private family tartan, known as “Anderson of Kinneddar” (see down the left of the page), but when playing for weddings and other ceremonial occasions, he wears the “Anderson of Ardbrake” tartan. Piping has been instrumental in taking him all around the world and he has an impressive list of cultural exchange visits including France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Poland, Russia, Ukraine & America. His musical abilities with the Scottish bagpipes have been used in several drama productions, in videos, film & television and not only has he found himself playing for Royal occasions (in 1983, for Queen Margeritha of Denmark at Rosenburg Palace, Copenhagen), but
In his days at boarding school, he was fortunate enough to have an English Master who was an ex-Captain in the Royal Highlanders (The Black Watch), who lost no time in finding a set of bagpipes for David to play in the school Corps. Later at university in Leeds, he met with a mentor and piping expert Donald MacKenzie (known as Willie), who took him for instruction. Donald Iain Mackenzie had been Piper & First Footman to the Marchioness of Londonderry for twelve years prior to World War II and was a winner of the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 1936 and was a very prolific winner at many other gatherings also. His time at University also brought contact with the Pipe Band of the Scottish Regimental Association of Yorkshire (The Yorkshire Jocks), some members of which were looking to form a new band. In those early days he became involved as a Highland dancer with the newly formed “City of Leeds
Highland Gathering in 1969. During the late sixties, he was selected to be a pupil of William M. MacDonald (“The Muich”) who was a piper and teacher of great distinction and renown, having won the Gold Medal at both the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting in 1955, plus the clasp the following year. David benefited greatly from this relationship through an impressive tutorage pedigree. (click to see)
His sense of dignity and occasion will lend itself to any formal event where the day needs to be “right.”
In October 2006, David had the honour to be awarded a Vatican State Knighthood by His Holiness the Supreme Pontif, Pope Benedict XVI, as a “Knight of St. Gregory the Great.” In 2013, he received a second Knighthood from the Prince & Grand Master of the Order of Malta as a Knight Officer in the “Order Pro Merito Melitensi” and further, in 2015, he was invested as an Officer in the “Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.”
Knight’s insignia, Order of Saint Gregory the Great
Knight Officer’s Cross, Order
Pro Merito Melitensi
(Order of Malta)
Officer’s insignia, Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem