Brass Explosion concert promises a fun-packed evening


On Thursday, November 4, a spectacular concert, ‘Brass Explosion’ is being given at The Core at Corby Cube by The GUS Band and Youth Brass 2000.

The GUS Band, originally named the Munn and Felton Works Band was formed by Fred Felton in 1933 in Kettering.

During its 88-year history, thousands have applauded the band in concert, and the Midlanders have dented the Northern pride of Yorkshire and Lancashire, traditionally the home of brass bands, by winning no less than six national titles, the British Open Championships and being proclaimed World Champions.

Joining The GUS Band are the breath-takingly talented young musicians of the Youth Brass 2000 brass band.

This band was formed in 1989 with the aim to be the ‘best youth band in the world’ and quickly showed that this its their true intent by becoming the Action Research National Entertainment Champions in 1991.

For talented players under the age of 19, the Youth Brass 2000 band has built up an enviable reputation and is currently the reigning Champion Youth Band of Great Britain, having won this competition no less than seven times in the last nine years.

There are very close links between the two ensembles, not least because many players in Youth Brass 2000 have risen through the ranks and have gone on to play in The GUS Band.

These include current players such as Marcus Pain, who was a founding member and principal cornet of Youth Brass 2000 and whose father helped form the youth band. Thomas and James Fountain, both co-principal cornets of the band and now professional trumpet players also gained early experience as members of Youth Brass 2000.

In The GUS Band’s percussion section, Tim Jones and Joshua Gilding are both former Youth Brass 2000 players and Owen Yarrow, The GUS Band’s most recent signing is still a member.

Then there is the band’s Artistic Director, Chris Jeans, who became the Youth Brass 2000 conductor a week after the youth band started and has been at their helm ever since.

A phenomenal achievement and a continued inspiration to the players.

Both bands have a varied programme to perform at the Corby Cube, including the infamous 1812 overture, The GUS Band’s “History of Pop” set, commissioned especially for the concert, featuring the Queen classic, Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as a spectacular massed band finish with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Definitely a concert not to be missed when the county’s two premier bands join forces to present a fantastic afternoon’s feast of musical entertainment.

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