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Here's some news for you! Lympstone South West Telecoms Band have been asked by Estuary Players (Topsham) to be 'Grimley Colliery Band' in a production of Brassed Off! taking place in Matthews Hall, Topsham, from 27th March to 31st March 2012! In the film, Harry is a euphonium player, and Jim and Ernie are the grumpy old bass players, but there is no 'Ernie' part in the play, hence the line 'It's a bloody Eb bass' - which does doesn't quite scan as well as 'It's a bloody euphonium'! Should be great fun, though - get and see it! Colin has taken on board sorting out all the music for the play, including a slightly easier version of 'William Tell'....!
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Hot off the press - January 2012

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Having sat here all afternoon loving being able to update my website by myself (well almost), I thought it best to start the blog off properly! As you can see, I have a lovely new business card and with the arrival of 2012, I'm really excited about the future.business card

I'm still working part time for Devon LDP Music Service fixing and shifting musical instruments across the board from brass through strings to percussion (I try not to stray anywhere too near woodwind), and find time to compose and arrangeat home fairly often. I have a lot of things in the pipeline, including some new arrangements for brass band - I hope that my latest work 'Phaeton Fantasy' will be published soon -and I am currently very excited about transcribing some interesting new things for Richard Stanbrook in the form of orchestral, brass and wind band works that I hope you'll all get to hear.

I have been very fortunate to have had a whole book of my piano and vocal arrangements published in the form of a book of inspirational songs for young people in collaboration with Dan Callow and David Anderson of One Life Music who wrote them all, and I hope their work is well supported by schools.

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I'm loving being back where I belong playing BBb Bass with my good friends at the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band, and I'm really looking forward to tackling Goff Richards' Cross Patonce with them at the Areas in Torquay in March, and wish the band every success as they try and head back to the 1st Section once more.

A new develpment hot off the press today - I've been to see Gillian McKenzie and Carol  Box at North Tawton Primary School and demonstrated drums, trumpet, euphonium and trombone to a very excited hall of children aged between 5 and 10 years. They were all in good voice, and I will hopefully be undertaking some one on one tuition at the school with the next couple of weeks. Sorry if  the children were all over-excited for the rest of the day, but that's just my influence!

If everything works out as I anticipate, following discussions with my good friend Charlie Fleming I hope to also be trying my hand at a mobile digital recording service, but I have to get my head around the software first and find van to transport it all in.

I've also been fortunate to have been allocated a place on an Brass Instrument Repair Foundation Course at the Malden School of Instrument Repairers at the beginning of April, so I will definitely be able to call myself an 'instrument repairer' after that, and intend to join NAMIR (National Assoication of Musical  Instrument Repairers) afterwards.

That's all for now - keep checking back - I welcome all comments to improve my service!

Colin G Dance

First Post of the site!

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pics_conductor11Welcome to the new look 'Dance is With Music' website. The site has now been reorganised to incorporate more interactive and community based features, as well as a fresh new look and online shop integration. Soon you will be able to purchase and download music stright from the site, as well as leave comments and feedback on your own experiences of Colin's music.


Pleae leave your thoughts about the development of the site, as part of the comments string.

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