GUS crowned Butlins championships

Gus band take 1st place at the Butlins Mineworkers Championships.

By James Screaton, 18 Feb 2017

After two 2nd places in the last two years the Virtuosi GUS band under Adam Cooke were able to retake the hotly contested Butlins Mineworkers Championships for the first time since 2013 ending a three year winning streak from their close rivals The Flowers Band.

On the Saturday off the back of a number one draw the band gave a compelling performance of Simon Dobsons Journey of the Lone Wolf. A performance described by Adjudicator Richard Marshal as

"..full of dynamic control and solid ensemble playing. Super soloists that were stylistically flawless"

The results aren't announced until after both days contests have taken place so the band went back to rehearsal on Saturday night for the next days entertainment set unaware they had taken 1st place for the opening day.

The Sunday saw the band get another early draw 2nd on this time following fellow midlanders Desford.

The bands programme paid homage to a century of Jazz featuring pieces from all over the Jazz idiom. The programme and playing went down particularly well with the adjudicators, Glynn Williams commenting

"A well chosen programme that had so much to offer and was delivered in such a professional manner. Some magical moments and played at the highest of levels. A pleasure to listen to."

The weekend was almost thrown into dis-away before it had even begun due to the bands rehearsal space canceling on them just days before the contest! With the band committee still ringing round trying to find somewhere to rehearse the day before the contest the band are extremely greatfull for the Spilsby Franklin Hall and Burgh Le Marsh village hall for being so accommodating over the weekend.

The band hope to keep this momentum going forward throughout the year as they aim to retain their Midlands area and Masters titles.