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John Hudson to Retire

31 May 2008

John Hudson at Grimethorpe, 2002

The Virtuosi GUS Band would like to thank principal cornet John Hudson for his work and commitment over the last three years following his decision to retire from regular brass band playing. John, formally Solo Cornet for Grimethorpe Colliery and also Black Dyke, has been an integral part of the Virtuosi GUS Band setup for the past three years and has contributed to the band's recent successes. John has had a long and successful career in brass banding and here at the Virtuosi GUS Band, followed in the steps of such players as David Read, Alan Morrison and Matt Baker to name just a few.

Speaking after the Cambridge Masters Contest, John gave some of the reasons behind his decision:

"I have had a long and busy association with brass bands spanning over 35 years and now seems the right time to stop my cornet playing. In the past I have conducted bands, maybe it's now time to pick up the baton once again. I have had a wonderful time playing for the Virtuosi GUS Band and wish them all the very best for the future".

John will continue with the Virtuosi GUS band until he retires later this year, and we would like to wish him every success in his new pursuits. An announcement concerning his replacement will be made later this summer.