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:
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