Chris Jeans Ambassador of Antoine Courtois Instruments & Educator has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Music for the Famous GUS Band.
In his 15 year reign as principal trombonist with the band he has won many prestigious titles, plus individual awards with the band achieving a double win of Best Soloist at Brass in Concert and double Best Trombone Player At The International Masters.
He has had the pleasure over the years to work with some highly respected conductors of the GUS Band such as Bramwell Tovey, Robert Watson, John Berryman, David Stowell, Jeremy Wise, Rob Wiffan (OBE) & Adam Cooke.
Chris has been the Artistic Director of Music for the successful Youth Brass 2000, who are the current European Youth Champions, Championship National Youth Champions & British Open Youth Champions. Next year he also celebrates being their conductor and founder of the band for three decades.
Band Chairman Dave Elliot-Smith said;
“We are thrilled that Chris Jeans has accepted the position. His inspiration, motivation, drive, determination and passion for making music is welcomed and we are excited to enter a new era in the bands history book. He will start his new position in the band from January 2019, and his first competition only weeks into the position will be at Butlins”.
“I consider it a great honour to be appointed as the Artistic Director of Music for the World Famous GUS Band. As a band we owe it to Fred Felton the founder of the band to keep the World Famous GUS Band at the highest level possible. The name of the Famous GUS Band is up there with the famous football teams like Manchester United & Real Madrid. To actually have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the great conductors of this World Famous Band, to name a few, William Halliwell, Harry Mortimer, Stanley Boddington, Geoffrey Brand, John Berryman, Bramwell Tovey & Frank Renton.
The band now has a blend of youth and experience which will ensure the future of this World Famous Brass Band”. The band is proud of its heritage but also looks to the future with enthusiasm and confidence.