David started his drumming career at the Knightswood Novice Juvenile Pipe Band under the instruction of Alasdair Hepburn. At the age of 15, David made the leap to Grade 1 and joined the David Urquhart Travel Pipes and Drums where he enjoyed an exciting and educational two years before deciding to move to the regular prize winning Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band in 2006. In 2007, David was accepted on to the Scottish Music Degree Course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow, specialising in Pipe Band Drumming and Piping. David graduated with a BA (Scottish Music) Honours Degree in 2009.
This was also the year that David’s all time dream was realised; playing alongside Drum Major Jim Kilpatrick MBE in the House of Edgar – Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band. David has won every major drumming title possible with Shotts, including the Scottish, British, European, Cowal and World Drumming Champions title in 2011. He has also won the Champion of Champions drumming title three times. David also travelled with the Shotts drum corps to Basel, Switzerland to play alongside the Top Secret Drum Corps as part of ‘Top Secret – The Show’ to sell out crowds. David was also part of the Shotts team that played at the opening of Live Earth in 2007 at Wembley Arena, alongside legendary rock drummers Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Roger Taylor (Queen) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). David is also a percussionist with the world-renowned bagrock group, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and currently plays at concerts and events all over the UK and abroad. David is also a Visiting Assessor in Pipe Band Drumming for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). David continues to enjoy success and experience with the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.