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nabbc logo black background 2A professional member of  the National Association of Brass Band Conductors, I 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. I haves guest conducted many local bands, including the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band, and was the Assistant Musical Director of the Devon Youth Wind Orchestra until 2011. I was Musical Director of the City of Exeter Railway Band for several years. I 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, and was the Musical Director of  Tiverton Town Band until moving to Somerset in 2016.  I'm still looking for a new band to call my home here in Somerset.

I offer my services for these fees:

Evening rehearsal - £40 plus travelling/accomodation expenses

Evening concert - £50 plus travelling/accomodation expenses

All day rehearsal or weekend workshop - £150 per day plus travelling/accomodation expenses


If you are stuck for a conductor - give Dance is With Music a ring or an email. If you have a contest coming up, a fresh outlook from the front can often add that spark you've been looking for and make all the difference on the day. I'd be delighted to take your band for specific contests.


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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!

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

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

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.