Colin began playing the Cornet at the age of 8 down at his local band, Micklefield brass. Then in 1986 moved onto the horn and to the Allerton Bywater Colliery band, who under the baton of Alan Morrison won several contests, including the 1988 4th section National final. By 1989 the band had folded, so Colin moved to play for South Milford Brass. 2 years later he went to university and put his horn away. Fast forward 24 years and Colin thought it was time to get out his horn again, however his local band, Corby silver, had a full horn section, but a vacancy on soprano. He tried his hand at the soprano but decided to return to the horn. In January 2016 he moved on to the first horn seat at the Jaguar Landrover band. During this time the band came 2nd at the Grand Shield qualifying for the British Open, playing at Symphony Hall in both 2016 and 2017.