Although apparently now something of a multi-instrumentalist, Colin considers trumpet to be his 'proper' instrument: the one he learned first and has therefore played longest, and the one he has studied properly. It is also his favourite instrument to play by far, despite it being the most difficult.
Since first taking to the stage aged 13 with an 11-piece Soul and Motown Band (1989), Colin has dabbled with the trumpet continuously and largely full time since 2009.
His experience is varied, taking in Pop, Soul and Motown, Country, Folk, Swing, Classical, Musical Theatre, Asian Wedding music and Bollywood, plus others of an indescribable or perhaps quite forgettable nature.
Happiest working with a super-tight band on a big stage or in a theatre pit, but equally accustomed to layering up a horn section all by himself, in the lonely home studio he has grown over the last decade, there really is little that does not appeal to Colin once he has a trumpet in hand. The only deal breaker is that the standard of musicianship and the aspirations for the project must be amazing – even the worst music, played by musos at the top of their game, in a well organised show – is a pleasure to play. The opposite is also true!