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The winner of the 2006 SWBBA Diamond Anniversary composer's competition, Colin accepts commissions for composition for any musical ensemble. Whilst specializing in brass band composition, Colin is equally at home writing for concert and military wind bands, symphony orchestras or choral ensembles, and writes for smaller specific ensembles as well.

When he has the chance (and the time to do it) Colin plans to complete his studies in composition and arrangement by doing a Masters Degree in the near future.


Arrangements can be produced for any given combination of instruments - particularly useful for youth/junior ensembles or quintets/quartets where a particular piece may be requested but a suitable arrangement cannot be found.

NB: For arrangements of music belonging to others, permission is always sought prior to an arrangement being made available. For film music, popular song etc owned by major publishers, this can be prohibitively expensive.


Colin specializes in writing and arranging for percussion - often an area where the scoring in published works is found to be lacking or at best frequently left to the player's own devices - a little scary for the uninitiated. Extensions to or re-arrangements of existing percussion parts undertaken.

Sibelius_logo_newIs your soloist playing his favourite piece from the concert pitch piano score, or in a different key to the published version? These issues can be overcome!

Colin currently uses state of the art Avid Sibelius technology to write out and engrave his music, and just needs a copy of the score, or if that's lost too - a recording or YouTube link, to work from.





Colin can also write very specific backing tracks for almost any instrumentation, including ethnic world instruments, to be played in theatre productions, rehearsals, shows, musicals and reviews. This is especially useful when budgets are tight (as they inevitably are) and a whole band/orchestra would be prohibitively expensive, or if a small group or just a piano just wouldn't be enough. Live music is always best - but occasionally this is a good alternative. Likewise, available rehearsal backing tracks aren't always exactly right for your specific requirements either - Colin can sort this out too - just ring him!

Prices are available on request and are dependent on size/duration of work required. Just provide a synopsis of what is required and a quote will be provided by return, to include any copyright licence fees.

The songs for Dan Callow and the book 'I Believe' are published by One Life Music.

You can listen to a selection of Colin's recorded works by clicking on any of the orange Soundcloud logos on this site.


Examples of Colin's published work can be purchased by clicking on any of the links to Musikverlag Frank.

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Testimonials for Compositions and Arrangements

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Exmouth Musical Theatre Company

A quick thank you to Colin - behind the scenes of our production of Jesus Christ Superstar recently, Colin edited, re-wrote or created some terrific rehearsal backing tracks to ease the path to the show's success. Nothing was too much trouble, and the end product (I know how awkward it was to achieve) was very professional - even though we kept asking for more! He wasn't bad in the pit orchestra on the drums either! Thanks Colin.

Sounds of The Sixties

Exmouth Musical Theatre Company

Colin's arrangements of our medleys for full orchestra from piano score were excellent, original and creatively scored, and stood up to theatre use to enhance dramatically the quality of our production - many thanks Colin!

Jesus Christ Superstar

A quick thank you for Colin. Behind the scenes of our recent production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Colin produced, edited, arranged, wrote or re-wrote rehearsal backing tracks to assist our production team towards the eventual success of the show. Nothing was too much trouble, despite our requests for tempo amendments! Thanks Colin - and you weren't bad on the drums in the pit orchestra either!


A massive thanks Colin - you worked like a demon to produce the score and parts for our pantomine Pinocchio in Ilminster from scant, hand-written scraps of paper. The end product was extremely professional at a very reasonable cost - even though the trumpet player complained about the triplets! Many, many thanks.

Midnight in Moscow

Hi Colin, Thought you'd like to know, Midnight in Moscow for trombone trio has had two public airings by our band so far, and both went down very well; first in a concert, then in an entertainment contest (which we won!). Great arrangement - liked by all. Thank you! Best wishes Colin Coates

One Life Music (Dan Callow)

Colin Dance has worked sensitively and professionally with us over the last few years arranging scores for our recent assembly book and for one off commissions, always considering the mood or relevance of a piece and succeeding in our endeavour to keep each piece unique. He has arranged songs for piano as well as writing further parts for voice or for a particular instrument or ensemble. I would be more than happy to recommend 'Dance is With Music' services. Dan Callow

Midnight in Moscow - the sequel

Hi Colin, Thought you'd like to know we've enjoyed many successful airings of Midnight in Moscow throughout the year, including several concerts, park engagements and an entertainment contest (which we won!). Most recent was a golf club Xmas party last night - went down a storm! Thanks for an excellent piece - appreciated by all. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from CWA Brass

Harry Rossiter

Colin is a very versatile musician, composer, music arranger and musical director. As a sideline he is engaged in repair and care of brass bånd instruments and other musical artifacts. His musical direction of brass bands is second to none in my long experience of brass bands. I wish him well.