Brass band returns home for Kettering concert date

The Virtuosi GUS Band from Kettering
The Virtuosi GUS Band from Kettering

An 80-year-old Kettering brass band is putting on a concert in the town this weekend.

The Virtuosi GUS Band, which was formed in Kettering as The Munn & Felton Works Band in January 1933 by Fred Felton, is playing the Lighthouse Theatre in Thurston Drive on Sunday, June 1, at 6pm.

In the mid-1930s, just two years after being founded, the band had won a Great Britain-wide competition.

Their most recent victory coming when they were crowned Midlands Champions in March 2014, the 23rd time in their history that they had won the award.

Over the years, its members have played under the names Munn & Felton, GUS (Footwear), The GUS Band, Rigid Containers Group Band and Travelsphere Holidays Band. The band reverted to the current name about six years ago when Virtuosi Instruments, a Northampton company, provided financial support.

Joining them for Sunday’s concert will be soloists Ben Godfrey – a former principal cornet of the band and currently principal trumpet in the Central Band of the Royal Air Force – and David Daws, who used to be a member of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army, on principal euphonium.

They will also be joined by the reigning National Youth Champions, Youth Brass 2000.

For tickets, call the Lighthouse Theatre on 01536 414141.