August 7, 2016

Iain Donaldson, Piping

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Iain Donaldson is the Pipe Band Director at Dunedin Middle School, Dunedin High School, Director of Piping for the City of Dunedin, and current Pipe Major of the Grade 2 City of Dunedin Pipe Band.

Iain graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Iain began piping at the age of 10 and enrolled in his first pipe band, Niagara & District Pipe Band (Canada) at the Grade 2 level in 1978.  In 1983, Iain embarked on a long career with the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band (Grade 1) in Toronto, Canada. He remained with the band for 23 years and was Pipe Sergeant for his last 5 years. The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band achieved North American Champion, US Open Champion and Canadian Champion Supreme on numerous occasions. In 1987, the band was crowned World Pipe Band Champions, making them the first overseas pipe band to win this title.

From 2005 to 2011, Iain played with The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band, Scotland. During this time, Iain contributed to achieving British Champions, Cowal Champions, Champion of Champions and World Pipe Band Champions.

Under his leadership, the Grade 2 band won 1st place at the 2016 Dunedin Highland Games, 2016 Georgetown Highland Games, and most recently the North American Championships in Maxville, Ontario, Canada.

Iain and his wife Moira also own and operate Lothian Kilt Rentals & Bagpipe Supplies (formerly The British Shop), a family business established in 1965. The store is located in Dunedin Florida where they cater to everything bagpipes and Scottish attire.

 

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