Virtuosi GUS Band
The GUS Band is a world-famous brass band, based in Kettering, England. Originally known as the Munn and Felton Works Band, it was formed by Fred Felton in 1933 in Kettering, England. Since then, the band has won many prizes and competitions over the years.
On 2 January 1933, the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph reported the formation of the 'Munn and Felton Works Brass Band'. In that article, Mr Fred Felton, co-managing director of the firm, said: "We are out to make it the finest combination in the country, and to make it a contesting band of note throughout the country". Two years later the new band were champions of Great Britain. Since then, under the names of Munn and Felton, GUS (Footwear), The GUS Band, Rigid Containers Group Band, Travelsphere Holidays Band and now the Virtuosi GUS Band, the band has travelled Britain, Europe and America, appearing in concert halls, on television and radio, and has released many records and CDs.
|National Champions of Great Britain:||1935, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1964, 1966|
|British Open Winners:||1954, 1988|
|Midlands Regional Champions:||1946, 1947, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020|
|National Mineworkers Champions:||2013, 2017|
|All England International Masters Winners:||2015, 2016|
|Royal Trophy:||1935, 1954, 1955|
|National Quartet Champions:||1966, 1967, 1968|
|1946–1975||Stanley Boddington MBE|
|1955–1960||Sir Harry Mortimer CBE|
|1978–1985||Dr Keith Wilkinson|
|2003||Major Peter Parkes|
|2007||Rob Wiffen OBE|
|2018-present||Ld. Chris Jeans|
The band has released over 50 albums, a selection of which are listed here:
- Christmas Fantasia - The Music of Andrew Wainwright
- A Mingled Chime
- British Bandstand
- Bandstand (volumes 1 to 10)
- Brass in Perspective
- Celebration Golden Jubilee
- European Journey
- In a Tribute to Eric Ball
- Journeys in Brass
- Kings of Brass
- Rhapsody in Blue - with Don Lusher OBE Soloist
- Travelling Light
- The World Champions Play Test Pieces for Brass
- English Landscapes
- Around the World in Eighty Minutes
- "World Rankings". Brassstats.com.
- "World Rankings". 4barsrest.com.
- "1933 Northampton Evening Telegraph article".
- "Brass Band Results Archive". Brassbandresults.co.uk.
- "Contest Archives". 4barsrest.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "National Championships Results". Contest Archives. 4barsrest.
- "Virtuosi GUS Band In The Studio". Listen to the Band. BBC. Retrieved 16 November 2007.
- "GUS / Munn and Felton Discography". Recordings Archive. The Internet Bandsman's Everything Within.
- "Roll of Honour". The National Finals Archive. Kapitol Productions. Retrieved 17 February 2012.