Colin studied bassoon at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and has played with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He joined Trinity College of Music and played saxophone with the Jazz Orchestra, directed by Bobby Lamb.
In 1987 he started touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, leaving in 1995 for a Caribbean cruise performing cabaret with The Mellotones vocal quartet. He also plays lead alto sax with Echoes of Ellington, Back To Basie and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. West End shows include Company, Damn Yankees, Chicago, Anything Goes, Acorn Antiques, Sinatra, Babes In Arms, Porgy & Bess the musical and Crazy For You.
He is increasingly in demand for his writing and arranging contributing to the library of The John Wilson Orchestra, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Matt Ford and his own big band "Skin Deep" and septet "Squatty Roo". He has performed with Shirley Bassey. Billy May, Sacha Distell, Tony Bennett and Kevin Spacey. 2011 saw the release of "Cookin' With The Lid On" a recording of a big band he co-leads with drummer Matt Skelton in homage to the legendary Terry Gibbs Dream Band.