The Waterloo Pipes and Drums Band was formed in January 2016 by Gavin Moffat (Pipe Major) and David Henry (Drum Major).
When the Band was initially formed, 70 percent of the members were ex Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, but today we boast a mixture of musicians who have played in military and civilian pipe bands including members of several of Scotland’s most famous regiments including Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Black Watch, The Queen’s Own Highlanders and The Royal Highland Fusiliers.
The Band regularly support The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and Association Branches. Our military connection has influenced the band and as a result it has played in the Berlin Tattoo in 2016, has been invited to play in Abu Dhabi National Day at the Royal Family’s request and will also be part of the cast at Basel Tattoo 2018.
Pipe Major Gavin Moffat
Since enlisting as a junior piper in 1977 Gavin has had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (the Band that made the Original Bagpipe recording Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral). He has also served 15 years with His Majesty the Sultan of Oman in his Royal Guard 2nd Band Squadron, as Pipe Major (Pipes and Drums).
Pipe Major Gavin Moffat is a very experienced teacher and performer. He has much knowledge in massed bands displays and public concerts in many countries of the world. His long experience in Oman, living and working in a Muslim country gave him a great understanding of the world of Islam, its culture and language.
He is extremely innovative and has the unique ability of infusing his enthusiasm with whom he worked. Much of his work in Oman involved the encouragement of and dedication to young people, many whom regarded him with both as mentor and father figure. He has a kind and warm nature and infectious sense of humour which together with his musicianship and Arabic linguistic ability have proven to be a great asset in extracting the greatest amount of work and effort from his students in the shortest amount of time available.