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Moss Park Armoury
130 Queen Street East
Pipe Major (MWO) Iain W. Lang, BSc, CD
Master Warrant Officer Iain Lang joined the 48th Highlanders Pipe Band at the age of 12 in September 1982. His father, James, and younger brother, Colin, also joined the band. In January 1987, Iain was sworn into the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
MWO Lang's first piping teacher was his father in 1977. Jim Lang was a 48th Highlander piper from 1961 to 1966. A retired 48th Highlander, Donald MacNiven, taught Jim to play the bagpipes.
Iain first played with the Peel Regional Police and the Downsview Junior Pipe Bands. He competed regularly as a soloist on the Ontario Highland Games Circuit between 1978 and 1999, winning the North American Amateur Championships in 1993.
MWO Lang served with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard the summers of 1993 to 1995 where he completed his Combat Leaders Course. He performed daily for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall the residence of the Governor General. By his final summer, he was promoted to the rank of Master Corporal and became a Section Commander with the CG Band.
Between 1996 and 2000, MWO Lang was a piping instructor at the Canadian Forces Music Detachment at CFB Borden. He assisted in the day-to-day operation of the CFB Borden Pipes and Drums and augmented the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment and 2 Combat Mechanized Brigade Group Pipe Bands visiting such diverse locales as South Carolina, Virginia, and the former Yugoslavia.
On 11 November 1996, MWO Lang was promoted to Sergeant. In the summers of 1998 and 1999, he was a member the Canadian Forces Composite Band, a Grade 2 military competition pipe band. In August 1998, he was the piper for Operation Sovereign Steadfast, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.
In 2001, MWO Lang assumed the duties of Pipe Sergeant with 48th Highlanders and was promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 2004. MWO Lang graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992. He also holds a post-graduate certificate in Technical Communications from Seneca College.
In December 1997, MWO Lang met Linda Copeland, while both were playing a concert in Toronto. They were married in Ottawa in August 2001 and live in Brampton. Linda is volunteer piper with the 48th Highlanders.