Ian has competed very successfully at world level both individually and as pipe major of a number of pipe bands, including The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, the Scottish Power Pipe Band, the Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band and the Tayside Police Pipe Band. He was Pipe Major of the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band between 2009 and 2011 and became Pipe Major of The Atholl Highlanders, based at Blair Castle, in 2004. As an instructor, Ian has in the past co-ordinated the bagpipe teaching for all Dundee schools as well as being the instructor at the National Piping Centre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was the Scottish Instrumental Instructor of the Year in 2009. On top of this he has been an SQA examiner since 1983 and is a piping adjudicator of international renown.