Ian J.G. Clague MBE, BSc, FTCL(Cond.), LTCL(T)
Ian commenced his brass playing with Jim Crosbie in January 1971 at the age of fifteen and soon joined the Manx
National Youth Band on Second Baritone also playing First Baritone for the Douglas Town Band. He was soon
installed on the Euphonium desk and was given the position of Solo Euphonium in September 1973.
In 1974 he left to study in Liverpool for a degree in Electrical and Control Engineering. Whilst in Liverpool
he was fortunate to play First Baritone for the Edge Hill (BR) Band in the first section under the directorship
of Robert Dean.
After graduating he returned to the Island initially taking a position with the then Electricity Board later
transferring to the Douglas Corporation where he is currently their
Following a period of two years as assistant conductor helping to train younger players Ian was appointed
Musical Director in October 1981 following the sad passing of Jim Crosbie, a position
he has held ever since. In 1995 Ian also took the baton of Manx Concert Brass.
Ian has obtained Licentiate Diplomas in Brass Teaching and Conducting and a Fellowship in Conducting from
Trinity College of Music, London. He enjoys the hard work that conducting the Band entails and finds that
helping all the players he has worked with to achieve their musical potential reward enough indeed.
Ian was awarded the M.B.E. in the 2000 New Years Hhonours List for his
services to music in the Isle of Man.
Ian married Sue Carter in May 2009. There was a free bar.