Wing Commander Ian Kendrick is a retired RAF Director of Music who spent a total of twenty years in Oman developing the Air Force band. During this time, the original fifty Omani teenagers, who had no initial knowledge of music, developed into a band of two hundred including a concert band, corps of drums, fanfare team, two bagpipe bands, traditional Omani music group, traditional Omani dance group, and an Arabic pop group. The Band regularly travelled abroad including France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Great Britain (numerous times). It was the first Omani band to release a CD of Arabic band and bagpipe music, then later the first Omani band to release a CD of Western concert music. With his wife, Marion, he organised and conducted a series of nine World of Music charity concerts in aid of Omani handicapped children.
Ian is a published author including two books about the bands, orchestras and traditional music of Oman which were both read and approved by HM Sultan Qaboos before he authorised publication. Ian has lectured internationally from Sweden to Japan on his specialist subjects of band history and Arabic music, and for a number of years wrote and presented radio programs of band music. His off-duty interests in Oman included expeditions, scuba diving, sailing and paragliding. Since retiring, his official history of RAF music has been published by the MoD.