Welcome to our New Players

An introduction to some new faces for 2015

By Michele Mott, 26 Nov 2014

The Virtuosi GUS Band would like to announce a number of personnel changes as we move towards the 2015 contesting season.

Soprano - After three years and a round trip of 250 miles for every rehearsal, soprano star Martin Britt has decided to take a banding break due to increased work commitments.

His seat will be taken by one of the rising stars of the National Youth Band of Great Britain, with Royal College of Music student Jack Wilson taking on the role after previously enjoying his time with the band on the solo cornet bench.

Cornets - James Screaton makes the move from the principle cornet chair at Newstead Brass to become assistant principal cornet, whilst Thomas Fountain joins the front row team by moving from flugel horn as part of his future development towards a trumpet playing career - hopefully following in the footsteps of his older brother James.

Thomas will fill the seat vacated by guardsman Nick Mott, who moves on to flugel, whilst the back row is strengthened by the arrival of Kibworth principal cornet Roy Kirsopp.

Tuba and Percussion - Andy Johnson, who has recently gained his Masters degree in music at Trinity College, joins on principal EEb tuba, having moved back to the area to work with the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust with the experienced percussionist Jonathan Kitchen arriving from Redbridge.

Baritone - Finally, there is a welcome return to top flight banding by Keith Muggeridge, the former solo baritone player of Fairey, who returns to playing after enjoying an extended banding break.

We are delighted to welcome such high calibre players to an already strong team and we are looking forward to what is sure to be a busy contest and concert schedule in 2015.