Director of Music, The Band of the RAF Regiment
Flying Officer Chris I'Anson BMus(Hons) LRSM LTCL LLCM RAF
Flying Officer Chris I’Anson began his musical career as a percussionist. A freelance musician for a number of years, he performed on the UK tours of many well known musicals including Singin’ in the Rain, Copacabana and Summer Holiday. Between 1997 and 2003 he worked as a percussion teacher for North Ayrshire Council in the West of Scotland, particularly enjoying working as a tutor and conductor for numerous ensembles, bands and choirs. A number of his pupils have gone on to study music and are now pursuing successful musical careers of their own. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Yamaha Scottish Instrumental Teacher of the Year Award.
He joined the Royal Air Force in January 2003 and on completion of Recruit Training and RAF Music Services Familiarisation Training he was posted to the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in May 2003. During his ten years with the Central Band he performed in venues all over the world including Poland, Moscow, Canada, Cyprus and Gibraltar. He regularly featured as a solo xylophonist, including on four UK ‘RAF in Concert’ tours.
Selected for commission as a Director of Music, Flying Officer I’Anson successfully graduated from Initial Officer Training Course No. 33 in December 2013 and was appointed Director of Music of the Band of the RAF Regiment in March 2014.