Iain was introduced to brass playing at Carnoustie High School by Mr. Jack Sinclair, starting on the French Horn at the age of 12. He then had lessons with William Glover. He moved to Euphonium under brass instructor Michael Robertson. When an additional tuba player was required, Iain moved onto Eb Bass for his school band - then BBb Bass for his local band!

He became a founder member of Carnoustie High School Wind Band at 15, taking part in two tours of France and Switzerland. He also played in Angus Schools Intermediate Wind Band, local heritage town band Arbroath Instrumental Band conducted by stalwart Ann Ness (later by his brass teacher Mike Robertson), small and mixed competitive and non-competitive ensembles, and assisting local bands such as Forfar Instrumental Band as a helper when required. Iain's sister Elaine was also a brass player in many of the same groups, playing on cornet or flugelhorn!

Iain proudly became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland Reserve Band under John Boax and Gordon Evans, later becoming an Eb Bass player in the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland on its annual summer course in Parliament Hall, St. Andrews conducted by Richard Evans and, on occasion, Frank Renton.

As a tuba player, Iain was excited to take part in the NYBBS 40th anniversary celebrations, taking part in a special recording session and broadcast from the Younger Hall in St. Andrews on BBC Radio 2's 'Listen to the Band'.

As a NYBBS member, Iain took part in a conducting masterclass led by Mr. Evans in Parliament Hall, St. Andrews, and was fortunate enough to attend conducting lessons at the maestro's home in the North of England exploring the scores of Sibelius, Mozart and Humperdinck and aspects of the field of conducting.

In 2014, Iain was runner-up in the City of Birmingham Brass Band conducting auditions, stepping in to provide continuity after the withdrawal of the chosen candidate, helping keep his local band in the 3rd Section when on the brink of relegation, and forging new connections with the band.

Under Iain's direction, the City of Birmingham Brass Band performed at The Hawthorns, Villa Park, Severn Valley Railway, Figure of Eight - Central Birmingham (Broad Street), Brindleyplace, Cadbury's World, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the National Memorial Arboretum, St. Martins in the Bullring, and on bandstands and outdoor venues in every surrounding county. The historic local band entered the social media age, travelled to the North of England for its inaugural trip to the Whit Friday Marches in Saddleworth and linked with the OHMI Trust as its Charity Partner. 

Iain now teaches brass and piano at Shades Music in Moseley and brass groups conducted include Telford and Wrekin Elementary Brass, Junior Brass Ensemble of Streetly, Royal Spa Brass and City of Birmingham Brass Band. 

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