Like many other brass players Melvin received his first lessons at the Salvation Army, joining the Junior Band at Chalk Farm (London) at age nine. He received a scholarship to study Trombone and Piano at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music and later went on to Graduate from the London College of Music.
As conducting and adjudicating engagements grow Melvin's teaching responsibilities have decreased. Over the last few years he has worked with fine Welsh bands such as B.T.M. and Cory, being placed in the European Championships, winning the National Eisteddfod, Pontins Championships, and conducting in St David's Hall, Cardiff and the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
Success with SWT Woodfalls and Test Valley has heightened Melvin's reputation in the West Country but 19 qualifications for the Royal Albert Championship finals are just one measure of National success.
Melvin was with the Travelsphere Holidays Band for over 2 years and his assistance during the revival of its fortunes as a world-renowned band was greatly appreciated by the members. Under his direction the band enjoyed successes at major contests including two 4th placings at the All England Masters 1999 and 2000 and a 7th place at the British Open Brass Band Championships 2000 held in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.