Royal Air Force

The Pipes and Drums of Royal Air Force Waddington


RAF Wadington Station Crest
50 years: 1967-2017

Welcome to the Royal Air Force Waddington Pipes and Drums website. The band's home base is at RAF Waddington, four miles from the historic cathedral city of Lincoln. RAF Waddington is the main operating base for airborne intelligence systems including the Sentinel R1 and the E-3D Sentry aircraft. It is home to no less than six RAF squadrons, including both ground based and flying squadrons.

The band was formed in January 1967 as the 1 Group (Bomber Command) Pipes and Drums and we are all very proud of our Bomber Command roots.

From those early days the band has gone from strength to strength and is currently one of the largest pipe band units in the armed services. Held in high regard across the piping community the Waddington Pipes and Drums are in great demand for performances at home and overseas.

The band wears the RAF Tartan, the colours of which can be interpreted in many ways, the blues reflect the changing mood of the skies that we protect, the white stripe for the clouds and the blood-red stripe in honour of the fallen.

Our members are recruited from serving personnel, civil servants and civilians from the surrounding regions. If you are a current piper or drummer who wishes to progress or would like to learn to play the pipes or drums then please contact the Pipe Major at the Waddington band room. Expert tuition is available, our band practice nights are Monday and Wednesday. All are welcome from beginners to winners.

RAF Pipe Band Champions

RAF Wadington Pipes & Drums

Read this article on our news page

All England Champions

RAF Wadington Pipes & Drums

Unveiling the Bomber Command Memorial

Carol Vorderman posing with members of RAF Waddington Pipe Band at the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London.