ISPAD, 2016 - Construction of the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines began in 1870 and was completed 15 years later. This photo was
taken on the grand staircase, a focal point of the interior. The great grandfather of Jeff Rowat, ISP&D snare drummer
(back row on left), was a Scottish stone cutter who was employed to cut stone for the Capitol and later founded Rowat Cut Stone
of Des Moines.
The Iowa Scottish Pipes and Drums are based in Des Moines, IA, and were founded originally from the membership of the Iowa Scottish Heritage Society in 1975. Over the last thirty years the band has played for many high profile events, including the Archbishop of Canterbury's visit to Iowa, the Inaugural Ball for the Governor of Iowa, the World Scottish Festival in Montreal and the Victorian Society national convention. In 2011 and again in 2015, a small group of ISP&D members played at the Capitol for the newly inaugurated Governor of Iowa's Open House. |
The band has opened for The Scottish National Orchestra, The Glengarry Bhoyz and The Elders at concerts sponsored by the Celtic Music Association of Des Moines. In April, 2007, Iowa Scottish opened for "Scottish Rocker" Rod Stewart at Wells Fargo Arena and in December, 2013, a mini-band opened for the Nadas "Christmas in Kiltz" Toys for Tots annual benefit concert at the Scottish Rite Consistory.
ISP&D has performed at premier central Iowa events including the Des Moines Arts Festival, the Wells Fargo World Food Festival and the HyVee Triathalon.
At the invitation of Gaelic Storm, a Celtic band whose latest album debuted at #1 on the World Music chart, ISP&D opened for two of their February, 2014, concerts and joined them on stage for a number called "Mingulay Boat Song".
In August, 2014 ISP&D repeated their performance of "Mingulay Boat Song" with Gaelic Storm at the Iowa Irish Fest in Waterloo, IA and later performed with them again at their February, 2015 concert in Iowa City, IA.