Midlands Area Champions 2010

Virtuosi GUS sweep away all local competition to become Midlands Area Champions 2010.

24 Mar 2010

On Sunday 13th March 2010 The Virtuosi GUS band swept away all local competition to become the Midlands Area Champions and will be representing the Midlands Area at the Royal Albert Hall at the National Finals of Great Britain on 9th October 2010.

Playing George Lloyd's classic and challenging test piece 'English Heritage', the band were able to showcase their outstanding soloist talent with significant contributions from father-and-son duo James Fountain (Cornet) and Gary Fountain (Soprano). Linda Hobbs (Eb Bass) and Chris Jeans (Trombone) also made significant contributions. Cliff Pask on Flugel excelled with James in the Flugel / Cornet duet before the difficult Largo section. The largo section itself was perhaps the highlight of the performance, which was marked by a balanced and tuneful middle band sound that could not be matched on the day and was for many better than anything heard at the Yorkshire areas the week before.

Drawn number three the band were delighted to receive news that their main rivals Desford were drawn number two. In a contest which was bound to be close between the two bands given recent contest form, there seemed to be no advantage from the draw position to either band.

In the end, the adjudicators highlighted in their final speeches that there was "one clear winner", and amongst jubilant celebrations the Virtuosi GUS Band was announced as the 2010 Midland Area Champions. After the contest the adjudicators David Read and Robert Childs told band representatives how impressed they had been with the band's performance. Both concurred that, had they been able to award points, then the band would have been placed "4 points" ahead of the second placed band.