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GUS to return in 2006

One of the most famous old names in the banding world is set to make an historic return in 2006 as GUS will once again appear on contest programmes.


One of the most famous names in the brass band world is set to make a comeback in 2006, with the news that following the ending of their most recent sponsorship deal with Travelsphere Holidays, the name of GUS will be seen back on the contest and concert stages throughout the country.

It is a name that reflects our history and tradition and it will be first used at the Butlins Mineworkers Championships in JanuaryBand Manger Shawn Pagington

Although the original decision to end the five year sponsorship deal was reached earlier this year, there had been little or no formal indication as to what name the former British Open and National Champions would take up when the sponsorship deal expired on December 1st this year.

Delighted at achievments

Mark Watts, Managing Director of Travelsphere stated, “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.”

Band Manager Shawn Pagington told 4BR, “The name of GUS is so well known in the banding world that it was felt appropriate for the band to return to that former name when the termination of our present sponsorship ended. It is a name that reflects our history and tradition and it will be first used at the Butlins Mineworkers Championships in January.”

Possible long term sponsorship

Shawn also revealed that the band is in negotiations with a leading national company to give the band a secure sponsorship future, but one that will also include the famous name. “We are currently talking to a potential major sponsor, but we are confident that if an agreement can be reached it will enable us to use both the new sponsors name and that of GUS.”

The band itself was established in 1933 as Munn and Feltons and became the GUS Band in 1962, winning every major honour in the banding world under the direction of the inimitable Stanley Boddington. After a 25 year period the band became known as the Rigid Containers Band and won the 1988 British Open before securing the Travelsphere name in 2000 and maintaining their position as one of the leading bands in the UK. From 2006 though it is a return to perhaps their most famous identity and once more the major contests in the country will see the name of GUS printed on their programmes.


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Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip
Rath clinician, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, editor