Donald has served as Oran Mor’s pipe major since the band’s formative years in Grade III. The band’s elevation to Grade II and subsequent five-time capture of the EUSPBA Champion Supreme title has been fueled in large part by his encouragement of musical innovation and attention to detail.
Prior to joining Oran Mor, Donald played for such top bands as the Kenmore Pipe Band, the United States Air Force Pipe Band, and the Parlin and District Pipe Band. He has also played a major role in the development of numerous bands throughout the eastern U.S.
Donald’s musical sense was developed early, through study of piping with such greats as Bob Nicol, Bob Brown, and P/M George Bell, as well as drumming with the legendary Alex Duthart.
The director and co-founder of the Invermark College of Piping and Drumming, P/M Donald Lindsay has been one of North America’s most influential teachers of piping for nearly two decades. He is also a long-standing member of the EUSPBA judging panel.
Donald’s career has been one of firsts. He was the first North American to win a major prize in Scotland (third in the marches at Inverness, 1964). In 1970, he became the first full-time professional piper in the United States. Among his prestigious accomplishments are a second in the Silver Medal Piobaireachd at Inverness in 1985, and first in the same event at Oban the following year.