Ian Porthouse was born in Cumbria in 1967 into a family of musicians. His father, a cornetist and mother a pianist/singer.
At the age of 5 he began to take an interest in his Dads trumpet and joined Flimby Saxhorn Silver Band on 3rd Cornet where his father was principal cornet, within 5 years he would take over the end chair himself. Also around this time Ian became a founder member of the Cumbria Youth Brass Band under Richard Evans, who was to have a big impact on his career.
At the age of 16, Ian became the leader of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and led the band for three years in total.
Ian took up the baton with Tredegar Town Band in 2008 and has lead the band to the National Finals every year since. Ian is also the only conductor ever to lead a band to victory at the Grand Shield and British Open in the same year with Tredegar’s memorable double in 2010.
Ian is currently head of Brass Band Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire and is in high demand as a professional conductor, tutor and adjudicator.