May 2017:
RAF Waddington Pipes And Drums lead Freedom Parade in Nottingham.

On Saturday 22nd April 2017 East Midlands University Air Squadron exercised their Freedom of the City of Nottingham by parading through the City Centre with bayonets fixed and swords drawn. Up to 80 personnel took part in the parade which was lead by The RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums The salute was taken by The Lord-Lieutenant Sir John Peace accompanied by The Lord Mayor Mohammed Saghir, Air Vice Marshall Robin Turner and Group Captain Chaz Dickens.

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Pipe Band in Nottingham City Square.
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Pipe Band leading the Parade.
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Apr 2017:
Freedom of Lincoln Parade.

Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums followed by the Station Voluntary Band lead the Parade as more than 60 service personnel from both RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton marched proudly through Lincoln High Street exercising their right to the Freedom of the City; an honour which dates back to Roman times. Being awarded the Freedom of the City is an ancient honour granted to military organisations giving them the right to enter the city with "drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed". RAF Waddington was originally granted the honour 58 years ago on 25th April 1959 and RAF Scampton 24 years ago on 14th May 1993.

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Pipes and Drums, 2017. Freedom of Lincoln.
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Pipes and Drums, 2017. Freedom of Lincoln.
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Dec 2016:
Lincoln Cathedral

RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums took part in a wonderful carol concert in Lincoln Cathedral on 9th December. Fantastic sound in this stunning venue. Well done to all.

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Pipes and Drums, 2016. Lincoln Cathedral.
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Nov 2016:
Pipes and Drums lead St. Barnabas Torchlight Procession.

The RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums led a spectacular procession of around 1000 people holding burning torches and lanterns through the Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln on Tuesday 22 November. Large crowds gathered to watch the event organised by St. Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice in memory of loved ones who are no longer with us.

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Pipes and Drums, 2016. Lincoln.
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The "Light up a Life" event is expected to raise around £40,000 this year through pledges, donations and the sale of torches and lanterns. Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee from the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums commented, "This atmospheric and moving event is one that the whole band looks forward to. We are very pleased and privileged to have the opportunity to support such a worthwhile local cause."



Sep 2016:
Armed Forces Day in our home town of Lincoln.

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Armed Forces Day, Lincoln, 2016.
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The Pipes and Drums fielded two bands in this year's competition, one band comprised entirely of Waddington musicians and a second combined band made up from members of both RAF Waddington and RAF Halton. It was the strongest of the four RAF bands taking part and the highest placed military band.



Aug 2016:
World Pipe Band Championships Glasgow.

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Pipes and Drums, 2016. Glasgow.
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The Pipes and Drums fielded two bands in this year's competition, one band comprised entirely of Waddington musicians and a second combined band made up from members of both RAF Waddington and RAF Halton. It was the strongest of the four RAF bands taking part and the highest placed military band.



Jul 2016:
RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums support RAFA at Sutton on Sea Carnival.

Sunday 31st July: Thousands of excited spectators turned out in fine weather to celebrate and enjoy the carnival atmosphere on a sunny day in Sutton on Sea. The Waddington Band were delighted to support our own charity, The Royal Air Force Association, by playing on the open top RAFA bus at the Carnival Parade.

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Pipes and Drums, 2016. Sutton-on-Sea.
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Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee commented, "all the band members welcomed the opportunity to spend a day at the seaside, engaging with the general public and raising the profile of RAFA."



Jul 2016:
Pipes and Drums play for HRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

25 thousand people packed into the Sandringham Estate on 27th July 2016 to catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as they took their traditional tour of the Flower Show.

It was the 135th, anniversary of this prestigious event and the Royal Party were welcomed by music provided by a combined band of RAF Waddington/Halton Pipes and Drums (The Waltons). The band gave two performances in the main arena, the first military Pipe Band to be invited to do so.

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Pipes and Drums, 2016. Sandringham.
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Jun 2016:
Waddington Pipe Major in Angola.

Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee of RAF Waddington recently travelled to Luanda, the capital city of Angola to provide musical support and celebrate The Queen’s Birthday with Consular staff at the British Embassy.

At the Embassy, Finlay met up with fellow ex Queens Own Highlander Ian Westhead and despite not having performed together for 26 years, the evening took on a real Scottish flavour with Ian performing a highland dance to Finlay’s accompaniment, much to the delight of Embassy staff and local guests.

Finlay commented, "Although it was a long a tiring trip I really enjoyed my time in Luanda. The hospitality from both the Embassy staff and the Ghurkha security contingent who looked after me was outstanding."

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Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee, 2016. Luanda.
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Apr 2016:
Freedom of Lincoln Parade.

On 22 April 2016, RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums led the parade as ninety airmen and officers from RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton marched through Lincoln with bayonets fixed, together for the first time, to mark 100 years since the foundation of both bases.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2016. Freedom of Lincoln.
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Both stations have been granted the Freedom of the City of Lincoln, giving them the right to march through the city "with bayonets fixed, bands playing and colours flying".



Feb 2016:
Germany.

In February 2016 the Waddington Pipes and Drums completed their week long tour of Germany. It started near the Czech border in Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony. Two shows there and a further one in Chemnitz concluded the southern part of the tour.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2016. Germany.
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Then came a very long overnight bus trip north to relocate the band to their Hamburg base for the last two shows in the Rostock Stadt Halle and the Kiel Sparkassen Arena.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2016. Germany.
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The German audience command high standards and can be tough to please sometimes but they loved the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums showing their appreciation with some very enthusiastic clapping to the tunes and a much deserved standing ovation at the finale as Waddington's Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee closed the show with a Lone Piper performance.



Oct 2015:
RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.
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We started life as The 1 Group Bomber Command Pipes and Drums and are very proud of our roots. It was a great privilege and honour to play for some very special people at the unveiling of the International Bomber Command Centre in our home town of Lincoln.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.
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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.
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Jul 2015:
Buster's Last Parade.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. Buster's last parade, RAF College Cranwell.
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RIP Buster, the dog that completed five tours of duty in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq He saved thousands of lives by sniffing out bombs in these war zones. He was 13 and passed away peacefully at his home in Lincolnshire with Flight Sergeant Will Barrow. We were privileged to appear with Buster on what must have been his last parade at the RAF College Cranwell.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. Buster's last parade, RAF College Cranwell.
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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. Buster's last parade, RAF College Cranwell.
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Jun 2015:
Armed Forces Day Lincoln.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. Armed Forces Day, Lincoln.
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The RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums once again helped to mark the annual Lincoln Armed Forces Day, along with other military personnel, civic representatives and veterans.

Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee commented, "It is a great privilege and a pleasure for the band to perform and engage with the local public in our home town and help to raise awareness to the wonderful job that all our service personnel are doing both at home and abroad." The band performed on the High Street and The City Square.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. Armed Forces Day, Lincoln.
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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. Armed Forces Day, Lincoln.
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Mar 2015:
RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums 2015 German Tour.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. German Tour.

The Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington have for the past four years embarked on an early tour of Germany to take part in a series of arena displays as part of the "Musik Parade" programme. This year was no different, the band has become a firm favourite with the German audiences and the organisers were delighted to have them back once again.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. German Tour.
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Over 27th February to 1st March the band performed at three widely spaced venues on consecutive days.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. German Tour.
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A performance in the Volkswagen Arena in Braunschweig (or Brunswick), was followed by another in the Konig-Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen. Finally the band travelled a long way north to the Grosse EWE Arena in Oldenburg which is an independent city in the state of Lower Saxony, just south of Hamburg.

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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. German Tour.
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RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, 2015. German Tour.
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Nov 2014:
RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums lead the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice torchlight procession.

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St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has raised more than £31,000 in memory of loved ones after they welcomed more than 1,200 people to their Light Up a Life event.

The 14th annual celebration was held on Tuesday 25th November and began with an open service at Our Lady of Lincoln Church after which the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums led over a thousand flaming torches in procession through Uphill Lincoln to the Cathedral.

The Tree of Life lights were switched on and people were then invited to tie messages in of love to the railings surrounding the tree.

Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee commented, “It is a great honour to have the opportunity to support such a worthwhile local charity and it is one of the most eagerly anticipated and atmospheric events in the band’s yearly calendar.

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Sep 2014:
RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums in Arnhem.

RAF Memorial Ceremony in Oosterbeek.
Padre Flt Lt Dawn Colley and Pipe Major Finlay Macghee at the RAF Memorial Ceremony in Oosterbeek.

The Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington returned to the Netherlands to perform in a sequence of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. Although the band had performed previously at these events this year's 70th anniversary was special and attracted huge crowds.

A very busy 5 day programme included performances at a Liberation Celebration Parade through the streets of Eindhoven, The Airborne Tattoo in Ede and the Commemoration Ceremony at the Drop Zone on Ginkle Heath where an estimated 60,000 local people attended.

Pipes and Drums in Eindhoven.
Pipes and Drums in Eindhoven.

Finally along with the RAF Waddington parade contingent lead by Padre, Flt Lt Dawn Colley, the band gathered at the RAF and Allied Air Forces Memorial at the Hartenstein Hotel in Oosterbeek to remember the 368 airmen who lost their lives during Operation Market Garden. Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee played the lament as the wreaths were laid.

Pipes and Drums in Eindhoven.
Pipes and Drums in Eindhoven.



May 2014:
Waddington Pipes and Drums support Regiment Gunners.

A gathering of ex Royal Air Force Regiment Gunners took place on Sunday 18 May to support another ex Gunner who is confined to a wheel chair. Sean Allerton unfortunately suffered quadriplegic injuries while serving in Cyprus and has been raising funds for RAF charities by organising "airfield pushes" at various locations. 360 ex-Gunners gathered at the Rumours bar in Grantham which is owned by ex Gunner Dean Ward to present a cheque for £3165 which will enable Sean to purchase a specialist mobility device.

The cheque was kindly presented by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, ADC, who is Honorary Air Commodore to the RAF Regiment. With musical support from the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums a further £3415 was raised on the day, all of which will be donated to RAF Charities.

For further information please contact Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee at the Waddington band room.

Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton, Honorary Air Commodore to the RAF Regiment Presents the cheque to ex-Gunner Sean Allerton.



Feb 2014:
Pipes and Drums in Germany.

The band managed to escape the February gales and cross the channel to perform in a number of venues in Germany.

The city of Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's gateway to the world. This year a flavour of the world came to the city in the form of bands from Mexico, Ukraine, Russia, a host of other countries and of course Waddington's finest, the Pipes and Drums. This musical spectacular had already been performed to packed houses in Dortmund and Quakenbruk and the show was very finely tuned as it headed for the O2 Arena in Hamburg.

The O2 Arena was the largest of the venues with an audience of up to 8,000 people. The band had played in this arena 4 years ago and were once again looking forward to the great atmosphere it provides; we were not disappointed. The "Hamburgers", who have a reputation of being a very discerning audience, thrilled to the sound of the pipes and drums, the sight the of the kilts and a very well drilled display. As the band marched off giving a highland twist to the old German favourite, "Muss I Den" or "Wooden Heart" they were given a standing ovation.

Lots of hard work and practice during the winter months has raised the performance level and the band are well set for the coming season. For further information please contact Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee at the Waddington band room or via www.rafwaddingtonpipeband.com.

Pipes and Drums in Germany



Jan 2014:
RAF Waddington Piper collects for Help for Heroes to the tune of £10,000.

RAF Waddington Piper, Nigel Warmington, passed a milestone at Christmas in his efforts to support Forces charity, Help for Heroes. Nigel has been piping for the charity in Truro, Cornwall since leaving the RAF in 2008 and has now collected over £10,000. Aided by his wife, Deller, he said that he was 'motivated to work for the charity to help to provide not only the immediate relief for casualties that were returning from Iraq and then Afghanistan but also providing for their long term support. It has been an inspiring experience meeting the public and hearing of their support for the men and women that have been wounded with many having family and friends that had been involved with the war. Others recounted memories of their own or partners military experiences from the Second World War and other conflicts which has made our collecting experience interesting and rewarding’. Nigel, a former RAF pilot and flying instructor started learning the bagpipes while at RAF Linton-on-Ouse and then joined the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums during his final tour at RAF Cranwell and, despite the distance from his home in Cornwall, still enjoys occasionally playing with the band.

Nigel Warmington



Nov 2013:
The RAF Pipe Band Champions 2013 RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums.

RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums are the RAF pipe band Champions for 2013. The Championships were held at the RAF College Cranwell by kind permission of the Commandant Air Commodore David J Stubbs on 2 November.

The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming provided the judges for the competition, this event is also our yearly fit for role and standards check for wider ceremonial duties. All of the bands passed with flying colours.

In a hard fought contest against bands from Halton, Leuchars and Lossiemouth, RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums led by Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee were declared 2013 Champions. A great conclusion to a very successful season. Read More

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums

Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums

Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums



Sep 2013:
The Colchester Military Musical Spectacular.

The Colchester Military Musical Spectacular was held in Colchester Castle on Sunday 22nd September 2013. As well as military bands the show featured a display by massed pipes and drums in which the Waddingtonband took a leading role. Service charities are very close to our hearts and we were delighted to take the opportunity on this occasion to help raise funds for The Army Benevolent Fund, The Soldiers' Charity.

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums



Aug 2013:
Kirkcudbright 2013 Floodlit Tattoo.

Perfect weather and an impressive firework display provided the finale to Kirkcudbright Tattoo 2013 which featured RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums as part of the massed bands performance. This is the second year that the band have travelled northwards across the border to the hometown of Hugh Higgens, one of our stalwart pipers. Stopping over for several nights the band were made really welcome and enjoyed the opportunity of engaging with the public in this beautiful location.

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums

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Aug 2013:
RAF Waddington/Halton success at The World Pipe Band Championships.

Glasgow was the venue for the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships. Over two days 8000 pipers and drummers from 17 nations competed on Glasgow Green in this blue ribbon event, the pinnacle of the traditional piping calendar. Each of the 225 bands taking part over the weekend were putting months of practice to the ultimate test – but only a select few would come away with the silverware. The RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums combined with RAF Halton this year to field the strongest of the four RAF bands taking part. Although we are the current All England Champions this contest was going to require a much higher performance level to compete against the quality and professionalism of the multinational opposition. Two weeks previously the band had competed against Scottish, Irish and European bands and were successful taking a well earned 4th place in grade 3A at the Scottish Championships. Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee of RAF Waddington commented after the Dumbarton result: "We have performed very well all year and this is a great result from a band south of the border, this puts us on a roll for the big one – The World's." Lenny Browne, Halton's Pipe Major added: "We have to focus now, if we make it through the qualifying rounds we have a good chance of picking up a prize." And so it proved to be in Glasgow, after two excellent performances the band was judged to be, in grade 3A, the 6th best in the world. Pipe Major Lenny Browne was presented with the Corby Bowl. There were other excellent performances from RAF Leuchars, 2622 Squadron RAF Regiment and RAF Waddington’s grade 4B band who all had the opportunity to showcase Royal Air Force piping and drumming and engage with the public at this great international event.



Jul 2013:
More Success for RAF Waddington and RAF Halton Pipes and Drums at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships.

The Scottish Championships took place at Levengrove Park in Dumbarton last weekend (28th July). 25,000 visitors bathed in the July sunshine and watched 125 bands from Scotland, Ireland and Europe compete at this major event. Pipe Major Lenny Browne of RAF Halton lead a composite band made up from the best of Waddington and Halton Pipes and Drums. Having won the All England Championship in this grade the previous week, the band were on top form and looking forward to competing against a much stronger and well established opposition. And so it proved to be, the bar was set incredibly high with some outstanding performances. Our band, "The Waltons" as they are now known did not disappoint and after a top flight performance picked up the silverware with a well earned 4th place. A very pleased Pipe Major Lenny Browne commented, "This is just the boost we needed as we look forward to the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green in August where the standard will be even higher. This is the high point of the competing season for bands from all over the globe and we are proud represent the Royal Air Force along with our colleagues from RAF Leuchars and 2622 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth, who will also be competing at this event." The RAF Ceremonial Office considers attendance at this event as the standards check for RAF Pipers and Drummers prior to deploying on Ceremonial Duties representing the wider Royal Air Force. All of these competitions are organised by The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association which is the heart and home of Pipe Bands worldwide and the recognised centre of excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band Music internationally.

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums



Jul 2013:
RAF Waddington and RAF Halton Pipes and Drums combine to compete in the English, Scottish and World Championships.

RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums, the reigning All England Champions for the last two years have for this season combined with RAF Halton Pipes and Drums on the competition circuit. On Sunday 20th July they once again swept the board at the All England Championship in Ashbourne Derbyshire, making it three years in a row for a RAF band. With the two units being based south of the border in England, this year it made sense to rationalise costs as well as administration and send a combined top flight band to compete against the best of the best in the English, Scottish and World Pipe Band Championships. Over the winter season the combined band (already nicknamed the "Waltons") has put in a great amount of hard practice meeting in the middle at RAF Wittering on a weekly basis. Speaking after their latest triumph Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee of RAF Waddington commented: "The results so far this year have been outstanding and we are very thankful to the Station Commander and staff at RAF Wittering for providing an excellent centrally based practice venue. The very high standard of playing reflects the effort and determination of all the bandsmen." Pipe Major Lenny Browne of RAF Halton added: "Having won all five of our English based competitions this year, it gives us great confidence as we head north to the World Pipe Contest being held at Glasgow Green in August. This is where the best bands from all over the world battle it out to see who rules the roost in piping and drumming. The opposition could not be stronger and we are all looking forward to representing The Royal Air Force and engaging with the public at this prestigious event".



Jul 2013:
RAF Waddington Airshow, July 2013.

The band were delighted to once again perform to the at their home base Air Show. RAF Waddington International Air Show is the largest of all RAF air shows, regularly attended by over 125,000 visitors. The show offers a truly unforgettable family day out. The main purpose of the event is to increase public awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today. All proceeds from the Air Show are donated to RAF and local charities each year. This two day event on our home turf is the highlight of the bands year..

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums



Jun 2013:
The Bride who played the Pipes.

It is fairly common for a bride to hire a piper to make her special day very special but this was not a problem for Kirsteen MacDonald, Band Officer of the Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums. Kirsteen was married to Keiran Arnold in the Church of Scotland at the Royal College RAF Cranwell before a congregation packed with family, friends and pipe band members. Pipe Sergeant Andy Edgar piped the beautiful bride into the Church on what was a perfect summers day. Following the moving service, conducted by the Rev Gordon Craig the reception was held in the dramatic and very apt setting of East Kirby Airfield. The event was laid on by Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre with the tables laid out in dramatic fashion in front of a World War 11 Lancaster Bomber., very fitting as the band started out in life as the No 1 Group Bomber Command Pipes and Drums. Then a total surprise as the bride, still dressed in her wedding gown picked up her pipes and joined the band as they marched through the gate and played a selection of tunes for the assembled guests. The music and dancing lasted well into the summers night with both the Celigh Band, Pipe Band and Highland Dancers providing the entertainment. A truly special day for the bride and groom and all the guests.

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums



May 2013:
RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums at The Swedish International Tattoo, Malmo.

The weekend following the Eurovision Song Contest, the Malmo Arena staged another spectacular event with Waddington’s finest taking a leading role. The Swedish International Tattoo is a yearly event featuring the very best bands, drill teams, and dancers from around the globe. Attending this year was a host of European bands as well as the Singapore Defence Forces Band , Irish dancers from Dublin and adding a very special Scottish flavour, the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums. The beautiful city of Malmo was an ideal and very welcoming venue, it was the first time the band had performed there and we all enjoyed our five day stay.

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums



Feb 2013:
RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums in the Rhineland.

The period following the excesses of the carnival season in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Rhineland Palatinate is normally very quiet as Lent sets in and the revellers recover from their hangovers. This year however, a couple of days after Rosenmontag, the local burgers turned out in their thousands to attend a series of performances given by the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums as part of the Musik Parade show. Packed houses in Koblenz, Westzlar and Munster gave the band a very warm reception with standing ovations in every venue. Five shows in three days meant a lot of time sleeping on the bus as we travelled from our centrally situated hotel in Monheim am Rhein. The trip brought back some very pleasant and nostalgic memories to some of the older members of the band who had served in in North Rhine-Westphalia and played throughout this area with the RAF Germany Pipes and Drums. After a very busy winter the band were on top form having played extensively in our local area as well as the Berlin Tattoo in November and the British Military Tournament at Earls Court in December. As it turned out Waddington’s finest hit the ground running which was just as well as rehearsal time was at a minimum and focused entirely on the grand finale. This was conducted by a Russian General no less (how times have changed) with the New Zealander singer Cristal Benton and our own Pipe Major Finlay MacGhee filling the solo slots.

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Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums