Saturday 9th February saw the Virtuosi GUS band celebrate its 75th anniversary in a concert at the Castle theatre, Wellingborough. A spectacular concert conducted by David Stowell with special guests from the band's history.
Here is a letter from Tony Boddington, grandson of the great Stanley Boddington:
May I on behalf of myself, my family and the members of the Rushden Mission Band congratulate you on this 75th Anniversary of the Band. Since 1933, under several different names, your band has been a great example to all bands-persons worldwide.
The great successes in the contest field, also renowned as one of the greatest concert bands, it is a fine achievement to have reached your 75th Anniversary, and still one of the best.
I attended the band's 25th and 50th celebrations with my father Ernest who was a founder member of the band in 1933. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us, but I shall feel proud to represent him at the 75th Anniversary concert at The Castle.
May I wish the band a very successful future and look forward to hearing you at 'The Open' and 'The Nationals' in the very near future.
God bless the band and good luck in the future.
And congratulations from Dr Keith M Wilkinson (Musical Director The GUS Band 1978-1985):
It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the GUS Band on its 75th anniversary. I wish you a highly successful year with lots of memorable music-making.
My years as Musical Director of GUS were among the most enjoyable times for me musically with lots of notable concerts, recordings and contest successes. I trust that each member of the band values the opportunity to perform with this famous ensemble and continues to enhance the excellent GUS heritage.
Best wishes to you all,
Dr Keith M Wilkinson