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It's Movember!!

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Yes! It's that time of the year again, and 50% of the staff here at Dance is With Music will be partaking and growing moustache to promote awareness of men's health issues, including prostate cancer and mental health. Catherine has decided not to grow one, but will be supporting from the sidelines! I'm part of the Le-Roy Boys Team, and together we intend to do our best to raise some well needed funds for the cause.

Please be generous and click on the 'Movember' image below which will link you my 'Mo Space' where you can donate or leave suitably witty comments! Thank you in advance.


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Shows

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Leaving my brass banding life aside for a couple of weeks, last week I thoroughly enjoyed performing on percussion at Exmouth Pavilion for Exmouth Musical Theatre Company in their production of 'Our House' - the Madness musical, and this week I'm playing trumpet in Sidmouth College's production of Bugsy Malone! Quite different styles, and it's an interesting facet of my musical life that I have the opportunity and the ability to do this. I'm also looking forward to perfoming on percussion in Exeter Little Theatre Compnay's production of 'Acorn Antiques' at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter next September!

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Music Tuition Books

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Here's a new service from Dance is With Music for you:

Over the years I have collected. purchased or acquired loads of music tuition books - from brass to percussion, to strings and woodwind, and also theory of music books and piano tutors. I will be listing these plus a wealth of sheet music on this site in the form of a library so that students and teachers alike can hire them from me for lessons and exams - we all know how expensive music for exams can be!

The cost will be realistically low. Here's a sample of what's on offer:

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Keeping up with the Dance-is!

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News just in as we approach Easter 2013:

Mf Publications are going to publish Phaeton Fantasy! Just the negotiating left now, but that's just a formality. I'm really excited about it! I'm also pleased to say that Portrait: The Exe Estuary which they have already published is to be recorded in the near future - all great news to add some sparkle to what has not been the best of starts to a New Year.

Business is starting to pick up though, with instruments being repaired by us for Torbay Brass, Tiverton Town Band and of course Lympstone South West Telecoms Band, not to mention some private work (including some clarinets) on the books too.

I'm also well into to re scoring the works that were lost last year, but can produce copies of them from the printed versions with the exception of 'For Unto Us A Child Is Born' which I'm having to do all over from scratch.

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My work on a 'sing-along' scored for orchestra for the Classics Galore Concert at Exeter Great Hall this November is also coming on nicely, along with several other commissions that are in the pipeline. I'm also hopeful that I'll have time to produce some new works/arrangements in time for Christmas 2013. I've been promising this for too long!

Finally, here's my new, updated business card. What do you think?

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Restorations

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A couple of pictures of restorations I've undertaken recently:


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A Hawkes & Co 'Clippertone' Bb and A trumpet - circa 1930:







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A Besson cornet found in pieces in a salvage yard in Exeter:

 

 

 


Flooding and other disasters!

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DSC_0632_smallHi one and all! No doubt many of you will be aware that things haven't exactly gone as planned here at Dance is With Music recently! What with my laptop crashing and taking with it many of my unpublished files, and with my workshop becoming so damp it was uninhabitable after the third bout of flooding since July, it was all too much for Catherine and I and we have had to move to higher ground in Honiton.

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Sadly, this means I have for the time being lost my workshop, but worry not - my trustworthy and as yet un-flooded van is being refitted so that I can provide almost a full workshop service on the move.



We are really looking forward to 2013 and all the challenges it will bring, and look forward to the progress of the ever-growing, flourishing band that is the Lympstone Training Band, and to the fortunes of the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band in the 1st Section.

May we wish all our customers and friends a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Flooding and other disasters!

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DSC_0632_smallHi one and all! No doubt many of you will be aware that things haven't exactly gone as planned here at Dance is With Music recently! What with my laptop crashing and taking with it many of my unpublished files, and with my workshop becoming so damp it was uninhabitable after the third bout of flooding since July, it was all too much for Catherine and I and we have had to move to higher ground in Honiton.

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Sadly, this means I have for the time being lost my workshop, but worry not - my trustworthy and as yet un-flooded van is being refitted so that I can provide almost a full workshop service on the move.

 

 

We are really looking forward to 2013 and all the challenges it will bring, and look forward to the progress of the ever-growing, flourishing band that is the Lympstone Training Band, and to the fortunes of the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band in the 1st Section.

May we wish all our customers and friends a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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Presenting: Mr Music Man!

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New for 2013:

Musical presentations: 'Mr Music Man and his Marvellous Music and Sumptuous Sounds'
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Including: Brilliant Brass - Super Strings - Wicked Woodwind - Playful Percussion

We have designed new presentations that can be delivered to large KS2 groups or even whole primary schools which introduce children to a variety of musical instruments, and explain in a visual way how they are different. The intention is to demonstrate the instruments in a creative and memorable manner which the children will have fun being involved with and gives them 'hands on' experience of instruments they may not usually see or hear. We supply our own instruments, and try and link each instrument to a memorable character that represents the sound or style of the instrument - and this always gets the children laughing. Colin is in his element performing in this manner, and funny hats are obligatory!

Mr_Music_Man_smallWe can tailor the presentations to any ensemble - brass band, concert wind band, symphony orchestra (and even rock bands) and perform  a structured, humorous  and professional show. It inevitably involves participation from the children and their school teachers - and it can prove quite loud! We aim to provide a 'Have a Go' session afterwards where children can try out the various instruments in a supervised environment. We will provide flyers ahead of any performance for you to send out to parents so that the children who already play can bring their own instruments if they would like to, or bring funny hats etc on the day.

Please contact us for further information or to make a booking. You won't be disappointed - music is cool!

Lympstone Training Band Revival

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14th October 2012

A month has passed, and at our Training Band session on Saturday 13th October more new members came along, and when we're all together the band now numbers 21 players! Maginificent, but there is plenty of room for more players to come along - including members of the senior band. Grateful thanks to Tim, Bryony, Gill and Claire for their assistance at rehearsals thus far.

lympstone_schoolColin and Catherine gave a presentation to the whole school at Lympstone Primary School on Thursday 11th October, where Colin demonstrated ALL the instruments in the brass band, and also included the French Horn and Trumpet for good measure. Strange thing, but it seemed the children just wanted to hear him play the drums!

Keep spreading the word folks - we want the Training Band to outnumber the senior band!

15th September 2012

Red_new_logoThe second session of the Training Band REVIVAL was equally impressive as the first session! I had not expected as high a standard as this so early! Spread the word to as many friends and family as possible - we have a gig! We have been asked to play some Christmas music in The Globe Inn on Saturday 15th December 2012 at 10.30am, so I'll be getting some Christmas music out ready (and writing some with a bit of luck) at the next session on 29th September.

Please note that although there is no scheduled session this Saturday 22nd, those who wish to attend can get together in the bandroom and have a play anyway - Roger Riggs will supervise this session, and I will confirm it's on before we depart for Cheltenham.

 

8th September 2012

This Saturday morning (8th) saw the first 'open' session of the newly reformed Lympstone Training Band under the direction of Colin Dance - and very successful it was too! With Bryony, Tim, Gill and Claire from the senior band present offering their expert guidance, the band gave a hearty welcome to newcomers young and, shall we say, more mature! The familiar faces of the Riggs and Bound families came along too, and altogether there was a band of 7 cornets/trumpets, 3 tenor horns, 1 euphonium, 1 baritone, 1 trombone (yes, Roger Riggs has decided to learn the trombone!), 2 Eb basses, and a drummer. Fantastic!

Colin was most impressed with the overall sound at a first session - especially as young Charlie had never played an instrument before, and many were returning from long breaks from playing. Warming up with an improvised version of 'Rock You', the band then worked on 'Friday Rag', 'A Spoonful of Sugar', 'Razzmatazz' and 'Any Dream Will Do'.

The band are also most grateful to Catherine Dance for running the tuck shop, and making copious cups of coffee all round!

The band is looking forward to the next session on Saturday 15th September, at which even more players will be coming. Come along and join the happy throng, and give Colin a ring for more details.

The future looks rosy - so spread the word.

August 2012

Following recent discussions, the new Lympstone Youth and Training Band sessions under the direction of Colin Dance will take place on Saturday mornings at the Lympstone Band Centre in Chapel Road, Lympstone between 10.30am and Midday starting on Saturday 8th September 2012. Due to the main band's qualification for the National Finals in Cheltenham, there will be no session on Saturday 22nd September! Sessions will run in term time only .

The full and final details have yet to be finalised, but it is planned to run a tuck shop as before, with snacks and soft drinks available during the break time. If you are interested in joining as a playing member, please get in touch with Colin. We do need to gauge what the situation with instruments will be and address this as early as possible. The band would also like some adult mentors and helpers, so if you are interested in being involved in a non-playing aspect of this band, please do get in touch.

 

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Lympstone Furry Dance 2012

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If you haven't heard about it, here's your chance! Like it's famous Cornish cousins Helston who celebrate Flora Day annually in May, along with a host of towns and villages across the two counties who also host Furry Dances throughout the year, Lympstone, a fair village on the Exe Estuary, has it's own annual event. Originally run by the Lympstone Band for band funds since 1933, The Lympstone Furry Dance is now run as a village fundraising  event - and a good job the villagers make of it too! This year, rather than play the same much loved and rather dog-earred version of part of Katie Moss's 1911 'The Floral Dance', the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band in 2012 played a new, subtely arranged version by Dance is With Music. The band liked it, and as yet, no-one has said they didn't! Maybe there's a small chance that no-one actually noticed, as the melody was exactly the same!

Did I mention the fireworks? After the dance and the band's final short concert, there were fireworks from the harbour wall over the Exe Estuary, and they were fantastic! What a great day - and then it rained again......!

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Workshop & Mobile

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Catherine and I decided as the sun was shining today, it would be a good idea to take some pictures of me in my workshop and my mobile workshop van. You never know when it's going to start raining again! Maybe it would have been a better idea to wear trousers rather than the shorts, but what the heck!

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NAMIR & NABBC

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Following the successful completion of the Brass Instrument Repair Course, Colin is now an Associate Member of NAMIR Ltd and once Dance is With Music has been trading for 12 months, he will be come a Professional Member. Colin is delighted about this, and will be spending further time in Llangunllo in Wales with Trevor Head brushing up on his soldering and dent removal skills.

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Colin has also become a member of NABBC following on from his time as conductor of Tiverton Concert Band and the City of Exeter Railway Band, and from September 2012 the Musical Director of the Lympstone Youth and Training Band (Avocet Brass). He is delighted to have been welcomed into a large family of conductors, and hopes to learn a great deal from fellow members.

Advertising Flyers

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Here's some news for you all - we've designed some flyers that are about to be printed and thought you might like a sneak preview (if you haven't seen them on Facebook already!). There have been some adjustments to the services Dance is With Music are providing, and there might be some fairly substantial news in the offing too, but we'll keep you updated!

Dance is With Music is now a registered company, and Barclays have now taken on our business banking requirements. Colin will be going on a 'Thrive Online' course next week, and a financial accounting course the following week - so in the very near future and definitely by the end of July, the services that are not already happeneing will be fully on offer.

Keep looking back!

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The Dance is With Music Van

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042Finally it's here - the Dance is With Music mobile van has arrived and it looks fantastic! Having bought the van a couple of months back, as you know I've been deep in consultation with everyone about how the van should look. Well, you'll not be surprised to hear that I've ignored everyone and done my own thing anyway! Of course that's not true - I listened intently to all the advice and suggestions and took it all on board. I'm actually really pleased with the final result, and would like to publicly thank Ray Heavens at Ace Signs for doing all the design work and the final signing last week.039

 

 

 

 

Now all that remains is to complete the fittings inside the van and equip it with some of the tools I've purchased recently. I'm hugely pleased to tell you that I will be able to approach all music providers, individuals and ensembles, offering clients my mobile repair, maintenance and inventory service - and that includes schools with their own instruments. So, spread the word - I'm ready to roll (just need my dent removal balls!).

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The Dance is With Music Van

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042Finally it's here - the Dance is With Music mobile van has arrived and it looks fantastic! Having bought the van a couple of months back, as you know I've been deep in consultation with everyone about how the van should look. Well, you'll not be surprised to here that I've ignored everyone and done my own thing anyway! Of course that's not true - I listened intently to all the advice and suggestions and took it all on board. I'm actually really pleased with the final result, and would like to publicly thank Ray Heavens at Ace Signs for doing all the design work and the final signing last week.039

 

 

Now all that remains is to complete the fittings inside the van and equip it with some of the tools I've purchased recently. I'm hugely pleased to tell you that I will be able to approach all music providers, individuals and ensembles, offering clients my mobile repair, maintenance and inventory service - and that includes schools with their own instruments. So, spread the word - I'm ready to roll (just need my dent removal balls!).

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Portrait: The Exe Estuary

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Continuing with my series of in-depth studies of my major works, here's how Portrait: The Exe Estuary came into being:

Exmouth and the River Exe and it's estuary have played a massive part in my life - my parents moved our family from Beaconsfield to Exmouth in 1971, and I've called Exmouth 'home' ever since. Mum and dad still live in the same house - which has become a meeting place for 'the clan'. I'm drawn to the town and it's surrounding villages, and it holds memories both happy and sad for me. In the final year of my Band Studies degree course, I had to compose a work to major with, and decided to write about memories of my youth in Exmouth.

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The first movement is called 'The Estuary at Dawn'. It starts very calmly, and has a feeling of stillness. There are effects to mimic sounds I used to hear: cornets with the sounds of birds at the start of the dawn chorus, percussion imitating the clattering of the rigging of yacht masts in the breeze, the sound of the 'Bell Buoy' out in the estuary ringing with the swell of the tide, All Saints Church bells at 6.00am, and the first train leaving Exmouth Station and picking up speed on its way to Exeter. The trombones can be heard playing the sound of the train horn (no surprise there then!)- always sounded as the train left the town.

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The second movement is called  'Exmouth Town' and depicts the hustle and bustle of  busy daytime life in the seaside town centre. There is no let up in the fast tempo, and the movement includes some complex 2/4 and 3/8 rhythms. It has an overlapping, repetetive melody line which is passed around the sections of the band.

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In the 3rd movement - Furry Dance Day in Lympstone - we hear how the 1st Saturday in August (every year since 1933) pans out in the village on the edge of the Exe Estuary. Starting with a quiet and simple hymn-like melody using snippets of Katie Moss's famous melody 'The Floral Dance' - versions of which have been used in both Helston and Lympstone for generations - the movement becomes more and more frenetic with a modern harmonic rhythm and structure and compound time signatures across 2/4, 3/8 and 5/8 bars. It concludes with the same original  theme snippet but developed both rhythmically and harmonically to depict the final stages of the Annual Lympstone Furry Dance!

The 4th and final movement 'Esplanade' depicts a summer's day at the seaside on the picturesque estuary beaches of Exmouth. There's all sorts going on: fairgrounds, boats, children playing in the sand, ice-creams, and there's something a bit sinister in there too! The main theme represents the peaceful nature of the famous Esplanade and features a haunting melody, again passed around soloists. The movement concludes with a bustling, happy theme leading to a big finish using snippets developed from the first and third movements.

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This work earned me a 1st Class Honours degree, and the second, albeit short, movement is amongst my favourite pieces I have ever written. But then it's about Lympstone - and as I first played in the Lympstone Band in 1972 and am still there despite a few gaps - that's probably why! The village and its band are in my blood.

Brass Instrument Repair Course

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dscf4370I've just spent the most enjoyable, gratifying and and rewarding week in Wales on Trevor Head's Brass Instrument Repair Course at Llangunllo School. Apart from meeting some great new friends from as far afield as Sydney in Australia (Lauren) and Madrid in Spain (Alfonso), not forgetting Mike and Gina, Stephen, and Mike (a clarinettist from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), I've also learnt a great deal about repairing brass instruments: soldering and dent removal techniques, tool making, patching splits or small holes, valve and slide overhaul and lapping, restoration, polishing, and silver plating. Trevor is a recognised expert on setting up and repairing trombone slides, and passed on a few of his secret tips. There is a wealth of other tricks of the trade, maintenance and general repair information I have acquired too - more than enough to get my repair business up and running.

 

 

I have spent today having a good old rummage around local  recycling centres, second hand dealers and antique toolshops, and other tantalising places like Steptoe's Market in Exeter with newly opened eyes seeing what I could glean and turn into a useful tool. I have managed to acquire a number of tools, potions and lotions, and equipment to supplement those I made or purchased on the course, but still need some substantial and rather expensive items over the course of time to fully equip my mobile workshop.

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I am now in the process of setting up a pricing policy for my Mobile Repair Service, individual and ensemble maintenance and repair packages and  inventory service, and will add this information to my Services page when it is complete. Keep looking back!

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PS: I have to say that Wales is a very beautiful place in the Spring, but I really didn't expect three days of snowy conditions in April! We had all four seasons in a single week!



March Card Series

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a5 musicAfter a plethora of enquiries for them, we have decided to introduce a selection of A5 'march card' sized versions of popular melodies and songs. It appears that the modern band can no longer rely on their trusty selection of marches old and new when performing outdoors with lyres only at parades, sporting events and the like. Colin our arranger is currently working on brand new arrangements of titles for inclusion, but we would welcome any suggestions too. So far we've been asked for: Ireland's Call, World in Union, Bring Me Sunshine, and New York, New York! Not exactly a choice and eclectic starting line up one might say! new york

 

 

However, once our list is fully established, we will be able to provide either standalone copies, or a selection of your choice in a ring-bound, waterproof, 'easy to play from lyres' volume. We will cater for both wind bands and brass bands, and if you have any specific thoughts about pieces you would like included, please get in touch and Colin will get working on them. Prices have yet to be decided.

 

March Card Series

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After lots of enquiries and demand for them, we have decided to provide a selection of A5 march card sized versions of popular melodies and songs. It appears that the modern band can no longer reply on the trusty selection of marches when performing outdoors at parades, sporting events and the like.  Colin our arranger is currently working on some titles for inclusion, but we would welcome any suggestions too. So far we've been asked for: Ireland's Call, World in Union, Bring Me Sunshine, and New York, New York.

Once our list is populated, we will be able to provide either standalone single pieces, or a selection of your choice in a bound, easy to play from lyres volume. If you have any specific thoughts or pieces you would like included, please get in touch and Colin will get working on them. Prices to be confirmed.

 

Avalon Rhapsody

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nigel terryMy passion for all things Arthurian has sparked my imagination for most of my life, and perhaps it's no surprise that amongst my favourite films is John Boorman's 'Excalibur' - a very graphic re-telling of the legendary tale of King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. The inspired choice of music for the film includes works by Grieg, Wagner and Carl Orff to name but a few, and used snippets of music as 'leit motif' or themes for the characters in the film. For instance, the love theme from Wagner's 'Tristan & Isolde' was used for the forbidden and doomed love between Sir Lancelot and Lady Guinevere, whereas the 'Funeral March of Siegried' is used to represent the Lady of the Lake and the sword Excalibur.

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The richness of this musical soundtrack and the work 'Le Morte D'Arthur' by Sir Thomas Mallory inspired me to create Avalon Rhapsody. Written as a suite of four vastly different movements: King Arthur, Excalibur, Lady Guinevere and The Knights of the Round Table, each movement challenges the listener to pick out the 'leit motif' and the characters they represent.

The opening movement tells of the innocence of the young Arthur, and moves descriptively through the troubles of his life. Containing a triumphant middle section, the movement has a peaceful conclusion which was inspired by the works of Goff Richards. The second movement tells of the power of Excalibur and has some tricky cornet effect parts for the back row,  and requires an emboucher of steel from the soprano cornet player. Concluding  with a huge percussion roll and heavy chords over the top, it is a great movement to show off the power of a brass band in full flight.

guinevereThe third movement is a challenge for any conductor, and depicts Queen Guinevere, Arthur's wife , and is written in 12/8 with a compound rhythm within it. A joyous, youthful feel at the start, the section moves to a poignant theme to represent the passion between her and Lancelot.  The fourth movement - The Knights of the Round Table, is akin to  the style of Resphigi's The Pines of Rome, in that the Arthurian Knights can be heard approaching Camelot in a triumphant slow march from the distance, and the movement builds to a massive climax as the legions arrive at the gates. Again, well developed embouchers with plenty of stamina are required to pull this off effectively.


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2nd Section West of England Champions

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regional-winnersSome cracking news for you all - a fantastic result for the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band at the West of England Regional contest on March 11th at the Riviera Centre in Torquay – the band won and become the 2nd Section West of England Champions! This is the first time the band has won the 2nd Section title as it managed to get to the 1st Section before on a series of podium placings. Charlie and the band are elated about the result after the trauma of 2011, and eagerly await the outcome of the maths going on to see if this means the band are promoted back to the 1st Section, but the word is that it's in top place and goes up with Otterbourne. No guarantees, but watch this space. Either way, the band has earned a place at the National Finals in Cheltenham in September. Many congratulations to my good friends at Sidmouth Town Band who were competing in the 2nd Section for the first time and were placed a magnificent 4th!

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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

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!

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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!

Pinocchio!

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

Wired @ Exmouth 2011

Hi guys - saw Wired at The First and Last in Exmouth a year or so back, and apart from loving the yellow drum kit, I thought Colin's drumming was fantastic!  He put so much into it - rather like Keith Moon of The Who fame, and lifted the whole performance as a result - very tight and very professional. I love drummers that go that extra mile - nice one Colin - and a great site too!

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 www.onelifemusic.co.uk

City of Exeter Railway Band

What a breath of fresh air! I witnessed Colin conducting the City of Exeter Railway Band in the Manor Gardens at Exmouth  last summer, and not only was I impressed by his ability as a musician and conductor, but also by the way he communicated with his players. He clearly put them at ease and brought the best out in them.  A lovely concert with good humour and humility - and, I might add, some seriosuly good arrangements and compositions by Colin too.

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

Hawkes 'Clippertone' trumpet

Can I just once again say what a fantastic job you did with my ancient (Hawkes & Co 'Clippertone)' trumpet - it's very impressive indeed, and my grandson is absolutely delighted with his Christmas present. He didn't stop playing it the whole time he was here (!) and has now taken the trumpet back to America with him and will be having lessons on his return to school. I can't thank you enough. The difference in the condition in which you received the instrument to how it was when I received it back is amazing. Thank you so much -...

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.

Trumpet servicing

Many thanks for the swift and professional repair and service on my trumpet (Bach Strad). I have had the instrument for a little over 5 years now and and bought it from my brother-in-law who I know looked after it very well so I was starting to feel a little guilty about neglecting it. It always seemed like too much of a chore given the apparent lack of people in Exeter who can service and repair brass instruments. The stuck tuning slide was the final straw and I was very relieved to find your website. It was all so easy...

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