West of England Finalists 2013 & 2015...
West of England Finalists 2013 & 2015...

Musical Director

Ian Dickinson

Ian Studied music at the Cambridge College of Arts & Technology in the 1970‘s. 

He moved to Bristol in 1974 to join the Stanshawe Band, which later became the Sun Life Band (SLB).

Ian spent 20 very successful years with SLB, initially as Assistant Principal Cornet and then on Flugel Horn.  Apart from traveling much of Europe and performing regularly for the BBC and recording many records and CDs, the band had many competition successes, including the runners up awards at both National & British Open Championships, culminating in gaining the Open Champions title in 1990, followed by The World Music Festival title in Kerkrade in 1992.

Ian has been conducting bands for many years and until recently had a very successful spell with Portishead Town Band, whose rapid progress saw them rise from the Second Section up to the Championship Section under his direction.


Ian brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and a conductor.  The band is excited by his appointment and looks forward to working with him in the next chapter of our long history.

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