Jazz Orchestra composer, Colin Byrne was born in Cork City, Ireland in 1974 where he spent many years playing and touring with various bands. In 1995 he moved to Leeds, England and in 1999 he completed a BA degree in Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music. In 2000 completed his M.Mus in Jazz Composition. The idea for Big Band Byrne was first conceived in June 1999 just as Colin Byrne was about to complete his B.A. degree in Jazz Studies at Leeds College Of Music. Colin had been writing prolifically during his degree years and had, without realising, produced the first few compositions for the exhilarating pad that Big Band Byrne uses today.
Friends of Leeds College of Music--Composer of the Year 1999 and The Yorkshire Television Arranger of the Year 1999. Resident drummer at The Duck and Drake Jazz Jam in Leeds, UK 2000-2003 and also the Santiago Jazz Jam in Leeds, UK 2006- date. Director of Cork Academy of Music jazz summer school, Ireland 2003-date. Works with students of all ages in workshops and master classes through his work for Artforms, Education Leeds. He published and distributed drum tutor books, Think Drums in November 2005 and also Think Big Band Drums in December 2005.
He is currently composing and arranging for many ensembles in the North of England including Leeds College of Music’s Jazz Orchestra, Education Leeds’ Youth Jazz & Rock Orchestra and legendary Leeds band Bassa Bassa. He is in high demand on the Northern jazz scene as a player, a composer and arranger.