“Ian K” began playing at the age of eight years old and was taught by his father,
P/M John MacDonald.
At thirteen he received instruction from Jim McGillivray who introduced Ian and
his older brother, Craig to Piobaireachd. This was the year he also became a
member of the Toronto Police Pipe Band where he continues as a member,
becoming Pipe Major in 1996.
In 1995 Ian won the Canadian Gold Medal and in 1997 he won the “A” grade
Strathspey and Reel at Oban and Inverness.
In 2016 Ian accomplished one of his career goals in solo piping by winning a
Gold Medal. He was extremely delighted to have won both Gold Medals at Oban
and Inverness in the same year. With this accomplishment, he received his
second invitation to the prestigious Glenfiddich Piping Competition.
In 2017, Ian was delighted to take part in Winter Storm as a judge, The Metro
Cup as a Competitor (placed 2nd overall) and the Donald MacLeod Memorial as a
Competitior (placed 2nd overall). This is also Ian’s first time as a recitalist in the
Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Challenge Recital.
Ian is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service and a proud husband of the
beautiful Brenda, and father to Colin (18), Cameron (16) and the lovely Ashlyn