Ian A. Anderson

Years active in STB:  1991-2008; 17 years.

Position in  Band:  Solo Cornet; Flugel Horn; Principal Cornet (6 years)

Favorite Piece:  Resurgam (Eric Ball)

Favorite STB Moment:  Playing with the STB in the Royal Albert Hall (1996) along with sitting next to the ISB, on the RAH stage, and experiencing them play "Resurgam" .


Ian Anderson grew up in Derby, England and began playing the cornet at the age of 6 under the tutelage of his father, Arnold Anderson, who was the Bandmaster of the Derby Salvation Army Band. He was principal of the Derby Central SA Band at the age of 17 and held that position until he moved, at the behest of his employer Rolls-Royce plc, to New York at the age of 27. He became a member of the Montclair Salvation Army Band and joined the Solo Cornet section of the famed New York Staff Band in 1980. During the next 10 years he toured 10 countries, with these Bands, playing concerts from the Sydney Opera House to the Royal Albert Hall, London.

In 1990 Rolls-Royce relocated its US headquarters to Virginia and Ian, with his wife, Faith, and son Ian James, moved to the outskirts of Washington DC where he attended the Arlington Salvation Army Corps/church, and began an 18 year relationship with the Salvation Army’s National Capital Band, including 10 years as it’s Principal cornet. This time also included leadership of the Band. In 2001 he joined the Southern Territorial Band and enjoyed 17 wonderful years with the Band, including 6 years as it’s Principal cornet. Overseas campaigns included visits to 9 countries, including two visits to Russia.

Ian retired from Rolls-Royce, as Vice President Commercial Business, after 40 years and moved back to New York to manage a Salvation Army Residence for Young Women. He was able to return to the New York Staff Band and enjoy further overseas trips to the UK and Ireland, as well as playing with the Band at Carnegie Hall as part of its 125th Anniversary.

Ian and his wife now live in retirement in Scarborough, Maine, where he plays in the local Old Orchard Beach SA Band, as well as being a member of the New England Brass Band, in which he currently serves as it’s Principal cornet.