After five years of association, the Travelsphere sponsorship deal with the Travelsphere Holidays Band has come to an end. The company's involvement with the band will cease from the 1 December 2005.
Mark Watts, Managing Director said:
"As a company, we regularly review our sponsorship and marketing activity and feel the time has come for us to explore new avenues and initiatives. We have been delighted with the band's many achievements over the years under the Travelsphere name and proud to have been associated with a band with such a prestigious history. We wish them the very best for the future and feel sure they will continue to be successful for many years to come".
Currently in the top 20 of some 1,000 competing bands in the UK, the band has never been out of the top echelons in 70 years. Their titles have included World, British Open and National Champions.
Established as the factory band of Munn and Feltons in Kettering in 1933, it became the famous GUS Footwear Band following the take-over of the company in 1962. They played under that name for the next 25 years achieving every major honour. From 1987 to 1988, Rigid Containers sponsored the band. Several years of uncertainty followed until Travelsphere picked up the gauntlet in April 2000.
As to the future, the band has a very busy schedule for the remainder of 2005, with a number of dates already booked for 2006. They recently played with the country's top trombone player, Nick Hudson and have been invited to play a prestigious engagement this summer in St James' Park, London. In November, they will be joined by the famous Euphonium father and son team, Bob and David Childs.
Shawn Pagington, Band Manager said:
"Over the last five years, the support given by Travelsphere has been invaluable to the success of the band and has helped us to retain our position as one of the top bands in Europe today. I would like to thank Travelsphere for their commitment over this time. Approaches have already been made by several interested parties concerning future sponsorship. However, we are actively seeking contact with companies wishing to discuss future sponsorship".