Services

MUSIC WRITING

COMPOSITION 

The winner of the 2006 SWBBA Diamond Anniversary composers’ competition, Colin accepts commissions for composition for any musical ensemble. Whilst specialising 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

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.

TRANSCRIPTION

Colin specialises 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.

Is 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.

BACKING TRACKS

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 visiting the Featured Publications page on this site..

CONDUCTING

A professional member of  the National Association of Brass Band Conductors, Colin studied conducting with Arthur Butterworth and Richard Evans on the Accrington & Rossendale (Sheffield University) Band Studies Course, and was awarded a 1st Class Honours degree, majoring in conducting and composition in 2006. He has guest conducted many bands, including the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band (SWComms Band) and was the Assistant Musical Director of the Devon Youth Wind Orchestra until 2011. He was Musical Director of the City of Exeter Railway Band for several years, and spent a formative year as the Musical Director of the Lympstone Youth and Training Band – a feeder band for the award winning SW Comms Band. He was the Musical Director of  Tiverton Town Band until moving to Somerset in 2016.

INSTRUMENT REPAIR SERVICES

Here at Dance is With Music we specialise in repairs to percussion and brass instruments, and can put you in touch with string or woodwind specialists too. Give us a ring for advice, or further information, and if we can’t help, we will definitely know someone who can! We aslo offer an inventory listing service for all your band instruments so you can keep track of them.

Our workshop leader Colin has completed the internationally recognised Brass  Instrument Repair course with Trevor Head at his School in Llangunllo, Wales, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Musical Instrument Repairers. Following his retirement from  the Police Service, Colin worked for 3 years as an Instrument Technician for Devon LDP Music Service (now Babcock LDP Music Service). All repairs are guaranteed and are undertaken in our brand new workshop in Bishops Lydeard.

LEVEL OF SERVICES:

GET IT WORKING  Entry level basic service – Remove and clean valves and slides just so that the instrument functions. Advise and quote regarding any further work required: £40.00

FULL SERVICE – Clean the inside and outside of the instrument, check and set all valve clearances, check springs, valve guides, corks and felts, replacing as required. Remove, clean and lubricate all slides, lubricate valve caps and threads. Advise on continued maintenance, and on any major faults requiring further work: £60.00

OVERHAUL – The same as the above for a full service,  but  adding the replacement of all springs, corks, felts, waterkey corks, and repairing minor accessible dents. Any additional major work quoted for in advance. Advice on continued maintenance. Price on application dependent on work required.

Prices for indiviual, specific jobs are available on quotation dependent on the length/complexity of job, number of instruments, severity of damage and level of service required. Overhauls would require the instruments to be brought to the workshop, but we also offer a collection and delivery service for a reasonable charge dependent on mileage.

We can also visit your bandroom or storage facility and provide an inventory of what instruments you have and their estimated value, and offer an estimate service for any repairs, or for the resale value of any instruments that are unwanted. We may offer to purchase any such instruments, which then unlocks funds for the purchase of new instruments.