Colin was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to the USA in 1992. He began studying piano at the age of 7 and violin and French horn at 12. He studied music composition at Idaho State University with Jett Hitt, who was so impressed with his music that he invited Colin to publish his works through Yellowstone Wilderness Publishing. His other teachers include Thom Ritter George. Currently, he is teaching middle school band in Blackfoot, Idaho and has received several commisions for band compositions from Idaho public schools. He works actively as a band and French horn clinician throughout the state. He recently married Ingrid Howie, and in couple of years, he plans to attend to graduate school.