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Dance Colin G.

Colin took an early interest in music starting piano lessons at the age of six. His passion for brass bands started in 1969 when he attended Raans School in Amersham, and became a member of the Wycombe Youth Band on E Flat Bass. He joined the church choir of Holy Trinity Church in Exmouth having moved to Devon with his family in 1971, and here he studied under organist and choirmaster Hope Bardrick gaining Grade VIII in the Theory of Music at the age of 13 years. At Exeter College he studied the trumpet and percussion and obtained an A Level in Music in 1976.
Playing Tenor Horn with the Lympstone Band in his youth, Colin joined the police service in 1981, and spent 16 years as a member of the Band of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, under Keith Whittall RM – who had been his trumpet tutor at Exeter College. He was a founder member and Principal Percussionist of the British Police Symphony Orchestra in 1989, with whom he has toured all over Great Britain, including his first performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Returning to his love for brass bands, in 1996 Colin again joined the Lympstone Band, (now the SW Comms Band) and soon took over the post of Soprano Cornet. In the space of a few years, under baton of his great friend Charlie Fleming, this band won nine contests in a row. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship Section.
After a suggestion from Charlie Fleming, in 1998 Colin underwent training to be a Drum Major for the Royal Navy Volunteer Band movement under the now retired Corps Drum Major of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service ‘Wiggy’ Whitwham. It was whilst on this course that Colin met 'Mac' McDermott (Staff Arranger for HM Royal Marines Band Service), and was introduced to the wonders of Sibelius musical notation software, and hasn't looked back since.

In 2006 Colin gained his BA 1st class honours degree from the course set up by Richard Evans: the Accrington & Rossendale Band Studies (Sheffield University) course, where he studied conducting with Richard Evans and Arthur Butterworth, composition under David Golightly, and arrangement with Alan Fernie.

Colin says he’s overwhelmed by the popularity of some of his works, and looks forward to being associated with MF Publications for many years to come, and is loving playing E flat bass with Glastonbury Brass here in the UK.

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