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David began his piping career at an early age, with the Courtenay Legion Pipe Band under direction of P/M Sandy Stewart. After several years with the band, David rose to the challenge of Pipe Major. One of his favourite memories of this time was being awarded the Diamond Jubilee medal along with his Granny for service to the Legion. During this time David was also a member of the Grade One, City of Victoria Pipe Band under direction of P/M and mentor James W. Troy. David had a successful solo piping career under the tuition of Rene Cusson, James W.Troy, and Jimmy MacMillan, including winning the Gold Medallion for Piobaireachd in 1981.
In the early 90's David joined the SFUPB where he was a front ranking member of the first and second World Championship wins in 1995, and 1996. David, along with his wife Shaunna, performed and recorded several albums including a duet on the stage of Carnagie Hall in New York.
In 2000, David took over the Grade 2 RMMPB as Pipe Major. The band made several successful trips to Scotland over the next few years, including winning the qualifier on its first attempt. After several second place finishes, in 2006 the band won the Grade 2 World Championships.
David took over the Triumph Street Pipe Band in 2007 and that summer won the North American Championships in Maxville after an undefeated season. David, along with the leadership team of P/S Shaunna Hilder and D/S Andre Tessier, were successfully able to secure a sponsorship with DOWCO and the band became known as the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band in 2007. In the fall of 2007, DTSPB was promoted to Grade One by the RSPBA and has had many successes including qualifying at all four World Championships it has attended, and winning back to back qualifiers in both 2011 and 2012. In 2011 the band placed 6th in the Medley final and finished 8th overall in 2012. David remembers many highlights with DTSPB including being the official Pipe Band of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, recording the studio album "With Purpose" in 2012, performing on stage at the Armadillo with Field Marshall Montgomery at "Pipes of Peace 2012" along with his wife and son.
Professionally, David is a District Supervisor with the BC Ambulance Service where he also practices at the Advanced Life Support Paramedic level. He lives in Metro Vancouver with his wife Shaunna, son Liam, and daughter Andrena. David is also an active adjudicator with the BCPA.