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Virtuosi GUS declared prize winners at The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

9 Oct 2010

On-stage at the Royal Albert Hall

The world-famous Virtuosi GUS band, based in Northampton, were declared prize winners at The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain on Saturday 9th October.

Having qualified as Midlands Champions, the band were determined to make a mark on this year's contest, one which they have won no less than six times in their illustrious history.

The National Final, staged annually at the Albert Hall, is the pinnacle of the brass band movement which this year saw the Virtuosi GUS Band beat illustrious names such as Black Dyke Mills, Fodens and Desford to name but a few in the field of 20 of Great Britain's very finest brass bands.

The band took the stage early from a number 4 draw, playing Martin Ellerby's set test piece "Terra Australis" and set a real marker of a performance which was not beaten until much later in the day. Eventually the band was awarded sixth place, much to the delight of the band's travelling supporters and players.

The band was formed in 1933 as Munn and Feltons Works Band, which later became known as the GUS Footwear Band, based in Kettering. The band has continued under many changes in sponsorship and is today sponsored by instrument retailer Virtuosi, based in Northampton. The sponsors provide a base and rehearsal facility for the band at Moulton Park Business Centre.