Born in Northampton in 1965 Ian was educated in Northampton and Nottingham before graduating from Cambridge University with a first class honours degree in Engineering. He also completed his Ph.D. at Cambridge in a dull academic backwater field of Signal Processing.
His musical career started on the violin as a child. He has since worked his way through piano, guitar, bass guitar, accordion, saxophone, drums and trumpet reaching a level of competence at each. He has written and arranged for over 20 years in a number of genres for a variety of instruments; as a songwriter he has co-written over 60 songs with his wife. He currently teaches saxophone, conducts two wind ensembles, plays baritone saxophone in a saxophone quartet and plays bass guitar in a swing band, all of which play his arrangements. His arrangements have also been played by big bands and concert bands. On the weekend he plays saxophones in a ska band. Saxophone is now his main instrument and he is a keen improviser.
He lives just outside Cambridge with his wife Sara and their two daughters.