ISPAD, 2010 - The Salisbury House in the background was built in 1928 by cosmetics millionaire Carl Weeks, who designed the home after a manor in Salisbury, England. The great grandfather of Jeff Rowat, ISPAD snare drummer (1st row, 5th from left),was a Scottish stone cutter who founded Rowat Cut Stone in Des Moines. Jeff's grandfather Tom Rowat cut stone for the home.
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 January, 2011, a quartet of pipers 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".