Iain came to America in 1985 from Edinburgh, Scotland. At that time, he was Director of The Academy of Scottish Performing Arts located in Norwood, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he served 10 years in the "Royal Scots Dragoon Guards". This was the band that made the original Bagpipe recording of "Amazing Grace" in 1971.

Piping has long been an important way of life for Iain's family. His father, grandfather, and brother as well as many aunts and uncles have all played the pipes, the most notable being his grandfather, John Massie, who was Pipe-Major of the famous "Gordon Highlanders" . His brother Greame, is currently Pipe-Major of the Queen's Royal Hussars. Iain himself started to play the bagpipes at the age of 8 and was taught originally by his father, who served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.


A Short Resume as Pertains to Piping:

Edinburgh Castle


1975
Joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Jan. 1980
Assigned as a Piping Instructor
Scottish Infantry School of Music
Edinburgh, Scotland
(One of the youngest ever at age 20)

Sept. 1980
Attended the Pipe-Majors Course - A year long course of piping once held at Edinburgh Castle for potential pipe-majors of the Scottish Regiments. Only between 5 - 10 pipers attend this course every year.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with Army cannons

May 1981
Awarded the Pipe-Majors Certificate
(Double "A" Pass)

May 1981
Awarded the Senior Teachers Certificate
The Institute of Piping, Glasgow, Scotland

May 1981
Awarded the Graduate Certificate
The Institute of Piping, Glasgow, Scotland


June 1981
Assigned as a Piping Instructor
The Scottish Infantry School of Music
Aberdeen, Scotland

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at Edinburgh Castle

Sept. 1982
Assigned back to Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Aug 1985
Left the Army and came to America

At present Iain teaches both private students and pipe-bands.



Some Notable Performances:


Iain has played all over the world during his extensive piping career. Some of the more recognizable performances are:

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Berlin Tattoo
The Earls Court International Exhibition
The Royal Command Performance
Participated in the recording of approximately 11 albums
Recorded twice with the Boston Pops (as pipe-major )
Played for royalty on several occasions including for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Balmoral Castle, just after their wedding.



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