You don't have to be Scottish! Any special occasion, whether private, corporate or public, is enhanced by the presence of an expert piper in full regalia. It is well known that Highland bagpipes are loud, but they sound well in large interior spaces such as churches, concert halls and meeting rooms. David Waterhouse is available as a soloist for weddings, anniversaries and other parties, banquets and festivals, sporting events, conventions and conferences, funerals and other commemorations. He has a huge repertoire of tunes, including both light music and piobaireachd (classical bagpipe music); and welcomes special requests. He plays rare 1928 Robertson bagpipes and Hendersons dating from 1913 or earlier, both instruments having ivory and engraved silver mounts.
David Waterhouse offers clients a special version of piper's full (No. 1) dress), available in three different tartans, according to the client's preference. During heat waves, or for informal occasions, less elaborate Highland attire may be appropriate. Flat rates per engagement are charged: in the greater Toronto area, usually $300.00. There is no charge for consultations regarding music and other details.
Over more than 45 years David Waterhouse has performed for numerous solo engagements in the Toronto area, the United States and Japan. For ten years he played and competed with pipe bands, including (at Grade One level) the Pipes and Drums, 48th Highlanders of Canada; and the former City of Toronto Pipe Band (Caber Feidh). Engagements since 2002 have included 14 concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; conference banquets at the Royal Ontario Museum, the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Ontario Bar Association, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the 2003 Canada Day banquet at Rideau Hall, Ottawa; as well as many weddings, funerals, awards ceremonies and sporting events. 2007 engagements included concerts with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Some more recent engagements (2008-13) have been for the Oakville Terry Fox Run; the Canadian Chefs' Congress; the Toronto Argonauts; the 20th anniversary of Lotto 649; Telus Mobility; the Ontario Open International Judo Tournament; the Oxford-Cambridge Society of Toronto; McMaster University; and the Ontario Dental Association. David Waterhouse also plays classical piano, in which he holds a diploma from the Royal Academy of Music (L.R.A.M.); and has written widely on music and its history, including that of bagpipes. When not piping, he is a professor emeritus of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, specialising in Japanese and other cultures of East Asia; and he practises and teaches judo, in which he holds a 4th-degree black belt.