David Hilder

Director BC Pipers’ AssociationMusic Committee Chair, Band Grading
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Biographical Info

David Hilder began his piping career at an early age with the Courtenay Legion Pipe Band, where he later was appointed Pipe Major. David enjoyed a successful solo piping career under the tuition of Rene Cusson, James W. Troy and Jimmy MacMillan and in 1982 won the Gold Medallion for Piobareachd. David went on to play with the Grade 1 City of Victoria Pipe Band under the direction of P/M James W. Troy and then the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band under P/M Terry Lee, winning the grade one World Pipe Band Championships in 1995 and 1996.


David took over the Grade 2 Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band as Pipe Major and had several successful trips to Scotland, including winning the Worlds qualifier on their first attempt. In 2006, P/M David Hilder led RMM2 to win the Grade 2 World Pipe Band Championships. Following this win, David took over the Triumph Street Pipe Band and took the band to an undefeated season culminating by winning the Grade 2 North American Championships in Maxville. David had a very successful tenure as Pipe Major of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, including qualifying for the Grade 1 final nine times and winning the grade one qualifier twice. David is an “A” grade qualified adjudicator for solos, bands and ensemble with BC Pipers Assoc.


David has been involved in teaching, adjudicating and delivering training over several decades. These projects include but are not limited to delivering workshops and seminars on piping and ensemble for BCPA, WUSPBA as well as Buenos Aries at the South American Pipe Band Gathering 2010. David was a member of the instructor team in 2003 for the Robert Malcolm Memorial Juvenile PB, taking them to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow where they won the Juvenile World tittle that year. David continues to be involved in ongoing instruction of several competitive and noncompetitive local pipe bands in British Columbia and surrounding area.


David has enjoyed several concerts and recording projects over the years including Carnegie Hall with SFU, SSE Hydro Glasgow with DTSPB and FMM, Glasgow Concert Hall with Scottish Power as well as studio albums with SFU, RMM and DTSPB.


David is a recipient of Canada’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary medal and bar from the Governor General of Canada in 2010 and 2015.


David is currently a member of the ScottishPower Pipe Band under the direction of P/M Chris Armstrong since 2018.

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