A first generation American, born in California. Rod began chanter lessons at age 10 with the Caledonian Pipe Band under the direction of Pipe Major Bill Lumsden, and later with Charles Lumsden. Throughout the years, instructed by Charles Knowles, Pipe Major Robert Hackney, Pipe Major Kathleen Nicholson Graham and Ian Whitelaw.
Rod Joined the "Nicholson Pipes & Drums" in 1993. During this time the band won many local competitions and had their debut in Glasgow Scotland at the 2005 World Pipe Band Championship. In 1998 he was appointed Pipe Sergeant of the Nicholson Pipes & Drums by Pipe Major Robert Hackney.
In his piping career he had the honor of performing for President Gerald Ford, Senator Mary Bono and the Palm Springs 911 Day of Remembrance. He has lived in Palm Desert, CA. since 1990 and has enjoyed playing the bagpipe for 41 years.