Scott Cawthon

I am





  • An Actor

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  • Tiffany Talent: 8 week Acting / Audition / Improv
  • AMTC Direct Seattle Workshops
  • AMTC Instructors: Chey Sanders, JoAnn Smolen, Kim Turner
  • SHINE 2014 Seminars:
  • The Three P’s of Acting Auditions for Older Teen and Adult Actors (David Vando)
  • My Place in the Industry (Jaco Booyens)
  • The Seven Secrets of the Working Actor (Anthony Reimer)
  • TV Commercial Acting: Must Know Advice (Barry Shapiro)
  • The Casting Process: Commercials/TV/Musical Theater (Rob Gorrie)
  • The Best Way to Get Work as an Actor and Commercial Model (Aaron 
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  • Landing the Role (Anthony Reimer)
  • Hollywood 101: The Business of Entertainment (Abbie Cobb)
  • Casting Commercials: Secrets of How a Commercial is Cast (Barry Shapiro)
  • Film Acting and Understanding the Business of Show Business (Christian Kaplan)
  • The Wow Factor (Joy Pervis)
  • Interview Day: A VIP’s Advice for All Actors (David Elliott)
  • What You Need to Know about Interview Day (Carey Lewis Arban)
  • Playing Characters with Dark Struggles (Jenn Gotzon)
  • Marketing for the Entertainer (Creating Your Brand) ( Abbie Cobb)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Acting Reel

2014 AMTC SHINE Showcases

Photography Slate

  • A Musician

I hoped to be a full time professional bagpiper and I had the opportunity to do it. My brothers and I attended summer Great Highland Bagpipe camps to get instruction from the world’s leading pipers. Instruction was also available for dances, drummers, and drum majors. It was a time where dancers, drummers and pipers had the opportunity to receive instruction from the likes of John L. MacKenzie (dancing), Alex Duthard (drumming), Jim Kilpatrick (durmming), Pipe Major John MacKenzie (piping), Seamus McNeil (piping), John MacFadyn (piping), and Capt. John MacLellan (piping). All of them world class authorities in their field.

I turned 21 while attending a Scottish Performing Arts school. I was preparing to leave that year when Capt. John MacLellan sought me out for a private discussion. A little way into the conversation he said. “The main difference between you and I is that I do this full time.” I was stunned. Apparently, he saw potential in me. And then he asked “How would you like to do this full time?” A bolt of exhilaration shot through me at the thought of a career devoted to improving my piping to a higher level and being asked by one of the legendary pipers of our time. “But,” he continued, “there is a catch.” My euphoria abruptly halted. I apprehensively held my breath waiting for the terms. And then they came “You will need to join the British military.” My mind raced with arguments for and against this offer with what seemed to be an interminable amount of time. But, alas, I felt joining the British military over my own was somehow unpatriotic and I declined the offer. I often wonder what my life be if I had accepted it.


I am a professional Great Highland Bagpiper of 50 years. I received Scottish Performing Arts Instruction from Capt. John MacLellan, Pipe Major John Mackenzie, and John MacFadyen. Even though I was a successful competitor in solo, band, and quartet competitions my greatest joy was, and is, performing at events that ministers to others.

I have completed two music projects “Pipin’ Hot” and “Leaping Ghillies. I made the original “Piping Hot” in 1981. I remastered it and swapped out some tunes in 1990. The purpose of this effort was to demonstrate the Great Highland Bagpipe in different genres. I also added effects to draw the listener into the mood of the tune.

I finished “Leaping Ghillies” in late 2013. This is Highland music for Highland dancers. It is Vol. 1 and, if the demand is sufficient, more will follow. The concept of this project was to break down the Highland dances to their different components. So, for example, you will find the quick time for the Sword Dance by itself at different tempos with a 4 beat count in. This is so the dancer can focus on the quick time and quickly access the music because it is on its own track. The tempos differ by four beats a minute, or one less hop every 15 seconds. This allows a dancer to incrementally work down to the slower tempos.

Both “Pipin’ Hot” and “Leaping Ghillies” are available from many on-line digital entertainment services. Or you may purchase them below.

  • Bagpipe (50 years)
  • Scottish Performing Arts Instruction (Capt. John acLellan, Pipe Major John MacKenzie, John MacFadyen)
  • Bluegrass Banjo
  • Singing
  • Junior & Senior High School Choirs
  • Church Choirs
  • SPEBSQSA: Barbershop Chorus (Motor City Chorus) and quartet
  • University of Michigan Octet
  • Photo Gallery
  • Tune of the Month

Lament For The Children

“Lament for the Children” is one of the classical music tunes of the Great Highland Bagpipe known as piobaireachd. These tunes are structured on a basic theme that transitions through more complicated theme variations building to a grand finish. Traditionally, the first line of the Ground is repeated at the end performance. After all, a good story is ready to tell again.

This recording is the “Ground” portion of “Lament for the Children”; It is the basic theme to the entire tune. It was composed about 1650 A.D. and Angus MacKay Raasay said the inspiration for it was Padruig’s loss of seven of eight sons within a year to an unknown scourge.

I made this recording for the grief I feel for the many little ones whose lives were terminated before they had a chance to live; it is for those precious children who are ill treated or abused for monetary gain or gratification; it’s for the grief of a mother who regrets her abortion decision; and it’s for those who are now adults that bear the scars are of a traumatic childhood.

  • An Artist

Animation is another one of my passions. With my dream of a profession bagpiper crushed I turned my attentions to a vocation as an animation artist. I cartooned for as long as I remember. I did comic strips, advertisements, newsletters, college paper, caricatures for retirements and parties. I even tried a getting my “Daily Doodle” comic strip syndicated. I am particularly fascinated and enjoy cartoon animation. I still watch parts of them one frame at a time.

Both of my folks grew up in a very difficult financial situations. My Dad would recount stories of walking along the railroad tracks to gather coal that had fallen off the train carts. My Mom was particularly upset at the prospect of me becoming an artist which would only lead me to be a starving artist in her mind. So, at the beckoning of both parents, I went to college to get a technical degree and decided on a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Through High School and college my youngest brother and I worked on a 16mm animation featuring “Gooney Gander”, a character I created. He still reminds me that while I was the animator, he was the ink and paint department. For my Mechanical Engineering project I made an animation stand using parts from an industrial drill press, mill and machine ways. I had a zoom lens and created an electromechanical interface so I could input the frames and have the armature move the desired amount per frame to complete the zoom in the allotted time. It could do practically everything as a professional animation stand.

I wrote Eric Larson at Disney Studios expressing an interest to visit and discuss an animation career and he invited to Burbank, CA. There I also met Ollie Johnston and they both graciously viewed the animated movie I created. It was interesting to have them ask me how I accomplished a certain visual effect. But what impressed them most was the animation stand I made. Eric gave me a business card and prompted me to apply for an audio-animatronic position at W.E.D., the Disney division that creates the amusement part attractions. I missed this opportunity by not following up on it. I had some misgivings living in an earthquake stricken area about to slide into the ocean.

I am blessed that I now have an opportunity to use some time in a creative fashion. And this page contains artwork, pictures of artwork, or other creative projects I have done or am working on. I hope you enjoy it.


  • Artist Cartoonist & Caricaturist
  • Animation and Graphic Artist
  • Oil Painter
  • Whittler
  • 3DS Max
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • ProTools
  • An Engineer

I had planned that engineering be a backup plan and not my main vocation. I did get to to do a couple of interesting things. One, I was the first person in Ford Motor Company to use 3D animation in a production environment. And two, I directed a small presentation movie for upper management that had a couple minute animation in it. The producer contacted me a couple years later to inform me that that section of animation more than paid for itself because it had been used is many other productions.

I am told that I am very good engineer, but I never enjoyed it. However, I went through some extremely difficult experiences and was a single parent for many years. It was all I could do to get up, work, take care of a house, chores,and interact with my child. At least I was earning a good salary as an engineering. I can imagine how difficult it is for moms that did it on less income. I also know:

Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”


  • Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (1979)
  • Project Management Certificate, University of Washington


  • Engineering Sales
  • NVH testing
  • Warranty Reduction
  • Quality Improvement
  • Technical Writing
  • Project Engineering
  • Glass Engineering: Automotive windshield, backlight, side glass
  • Foreman/Supervisor hourly employees
  • Plastic Design Engineer – instrument (dash) panels, consoles
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Oracle DBA
  • Database Analyst Design, Architecture, Tuning
  • Unix Admin
  • Unix Security & Network
  • BRS Database Admin

Programming Skills

  • Visual Basic
  • Basic
  • SQL
  • Unix Awk & Sed


  • CATIA v5
  • Part & Product Modeling
  • Sheet Metal
  • Drafting
  • Kinematics
  • Ergonomics
  • Photo Gallery
  • My Other Interests

I have many interests. Unfortunately, there are too many to pursue in depth. I especially like visiting with people and talking about the work they do and how things work. Here is a small list of some of my interests:

  • Bible Study
  • Music
  • Acapella Choirs
  • Bagpipe & Celtic Music”
  • Barbershop
  • Bluegrass
  • Christian
  • Country Swing
  • Gospel Quartets
  • Exercise
  • Aerobic
  • Swimming
  • Weight Training
  • Sports
  • Fencing (UofM Team member)
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Soccer (HFCC Team member Collegiate District Champions)
  • Contact Me

If you have any questions, feedback, comments, or would just like to hang out over a cup of coffee, feel free to use the form to send me a message.