Ian is an assistant professor at UCR (California, Riverside), the Music Director of the UCR Pipe Band and director of the music degree program for bagpipes in the Department of Music. He is as comfortable and enthusiastic playing in a competition for world renowned judges as he is on stage at the Hollywood Bowl – having played with the Chieftains, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, has opened for Stin ...
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Ian is an assistant professor at UCR (California, Riverside), the Music Director of the UCR Pipe Band and director of the music degree program for bagpipes in the Department of Music. He is as comfortable and enthusiastic playing in a competition for world renowned judges as he is on stage at the Hollywood Bowl – having played with the Chieftains, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, has opened for Sting at the Gibson Amphitheater and has played for Queen Elizabeth in Scotland. He plays bagpipes on the Simpson's TV show (Willie the Groundskeeper's bagpipes) as well as performances on Family Guy, Arliss, The West Wing, American Dad and the soundtrack on The General's Daughter and the Rundown. He brings over forty six years of education, experience and training to his musical performances, competitions and special projects, distinguished by his passion for both the sound and the musical expression of the bagpipe.
An accomplished competitor, Ian Whitelaw has received many prizes and medals throughout the U.S. and Canada and has consistently won competitions in Piobaireachd (the classical music of the bagpipe), during the course of his career. He traveled to Scotland to compete in the Gold Medal Competitions and was the winner of the U.S. Gold Medal in 2006. He is also a senior adjudicator for the Western United States Pipe Band Association and is known around the highland games for his playing, judging, work with pipe bands as well as having many successful solo competitors as students. He is available as a soloist or can organize a group of pipers, drummers as well as dancers, singers and other musicians and is also available to perform at weddings and funerals. Making the day special is his specialty - for the bride and groom as well as the families mourning the loss of a loved one.
He brings first class professionalism to each engagement, is always on time and in the right place and because of his experience, is able to provide valuable expertise for each event in order for things to happen smoothly and perfectly. He always brings the most amazing sound to each event and fully understands the importance of "how it sounds" - great sound has a lasting effect upon the human spirit and helps in achieving a beautiful connection.
Ian is quite simply, the best in his field. Visit his web site for testimonials.
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In Addition to Redondo Beach, CA, Ian Whitelaw will travel to ...
Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Gardena, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Inglewood, Los Angeles, Carson, Harbor City, Lomita, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Compton, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Willowbrook, Wilmington, Long Beach, Venice, Lynwood, Huntington Park, Santa Monica, South Gate, Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Paramount
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