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Virtuosi GUS announce the arrival of world-renowned soloist to the seat of Principal Euphonium

By Caroline Dean, 24 Mar 2014

David Daws

Virtuosi GUS is delighted to announce the arrival of former ISB principal cornet player and world-renowned soloist, David Daws, to the seat of Principal Euphonium.

David joins from the Aveley and Newham Band, where he has held the position of solo euphonium since last January after switching to euphonium just 18 months ago. His time at the L+SC band has been very successful, with David winning the soloist award at the Wychavon contest and helping Aveley to strong results at last year's Spring Festival and, more recently, at the Butlins' Mineworkers Contest.

Having spent time working on his sound and range, David has decided to make the move to Virtuosi GUS; filling the seat recently vacated by Mark Giles and Andy Hicks. He is very excited at the prospect of playing with Virtuosi GUS and working under the directorship of Adam Cooke.

"Playing for a band like Virtuosi GUS was too good an opportunity to miss and I am looking forward to performing alongside such a great team of top class musicians".

David will join the band formally, after fulfilling commitments to his current band, but will appear as a soloist alongside Chris Jeans, James Fountain and Thomas Fountain on the Virtuosi GUS recording of the Simon Dobson #euneirophrenia music project - for release later in the year.

At this point, Virtuosi GUS would like to thank Mark Giles for his outstanding commitment to the band as solo euphonium over a number of years and Andy Hicks for working with GUS since January, playing at Butlins and helping the band secure a well-deserved 1st place at the Areas.

The band would also like to thank Mike Smith formally for his tireless efforts in running the band for the last 6 years, in his capacity as Band Manager. The band has decided to restructure its management roles to help to spread the work load, which will enable Mike to take some well earned time off and allow him to enjoy his playing on BBb.