Originally from Bo’ness, Scotland, James joined SFU back in 2006 after winning the World Pipe Band Championships with Shotts and Dykehead. His other previous bands include ScottishPower, Lothian and Borders Police, Wallacestone and District and Bo’ness Royal British Legion. James was also the Pipe Major of the College of Piping (Summerside) Pipe Band when they won the North American Championships at Maxville in 2005.
With tutors including Hugh MacCallum, Scott MacAualy, Iain Speirs and Bert Smith they helped James win Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering, US Silver Medal, Atlantic Canadian Gold Medal, MacGregor Memorial, The Cairn at the BC Pipers Indoor, and multiple prizes in the “A” Grade Light Music at both Oban and Inverness.
James now lives in the Okanagan Valley in the Interior of British Columbia where he works as an Investment Advisor for CIBC Wood Gundy.