Ian was 21 and a member of the Central Band RAF when he was given his first conducting experience with a West London brass band. At the end of his RAF service he was conducting the Southern Band of the RAF.
During his service life he gained conducting and performance qualifications with The Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music, and was awarded the Trinity College of Music teaching Diploma and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1969.
Ian was presented with the Worshipful Company of Musicians award for ‘Outstanding Student of the Year’ after completing a BA in music education and gaining qualified teacher status.
He was appointed Head of South West Surrey Arts - a position he held for 19 years.
Ian is delighted to have the opportunity of working with the Alton Concert Band and hopes that his long experience will be of value in developing the band to its full potential.