A different beat! Retired Exmouth police officer Colin enjoys music success

PUBLISHED: 19:00 08 January 2018

A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. 
Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh.
Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland.

A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh. Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland.

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Retired Exmouth bobby-on-the-beat is celebrating worldwide success with a new musical career

A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. 
Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh.
Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland. 
A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh. Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland.

A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe.

Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh.

Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland.

Colin said: “Several of these pieces have recently been featured in a global magazine published by MF Publications and are being performed by bands around the world.

A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. 
Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh.
Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland. 
A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh. Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland.

“Largely due to this success, I am now working for MF Publications as an arranger-composer-transcriber.”

As a police officer, Colin was well-known for his membership of the Band of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary; he also played for Exmouth Town Concert Band and the Stan Hacking Concert band, plus Lympstone Brass Band - now called SW Comms Band.

He was the conductor of the City of Exeter Railway Band for six years and conducted an entire concert in Manor Gardens, Exmouth, of his own compositions and arrangements.

Towards the end of his police service, while stationed at Exmouth, Colin joined a distance learning degree course in music composition, arranging and conducting; in 2006 he achieved a first-class honours degree from Sheffield University.

A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. 
Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh.
Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland. 
A retired Exmouth police officer turned musician is celebrating his compositions and arrangements being performed across the globe. Colin Dance, who lived in Exmouth from 1971 until 2010, was for a decade from 1996 until 2006, a bobby-on-the-beat in Brixington, Littleham and Withycombe Raleigh. Since retiring he has become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of his compositions for brass band and concert wind published by a company in Switzerland.

In the same year, Colin’s composition The Ley Line of St Michael won the South West Brass Band Association 60th Anniversary composing competition.

Colin, who now plays bass tuba for the newly-formed Glastonbury Brass - formerly Yeovil Town Band, said: “Not bad for a young man who was written off as a no-hoper when I failed the 11-plus, and again when I dropped out of university having failed to obtain a degree the first time around.

“I had my police career and then began to have a successful career in music, with my degree, and the encouragement of my tutor, Alan Fernie - himself a successful composer-arranger.

“In my retirement I have become a successful music composer and arranger, with dozens of my pieces for brass band and concert wind being published.”

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