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Friday 8 May, 2020

Verwood Concert Brass has been handed a boost after becoming one of only eight partner bands with Geneva Instruments.

The Dorset band will enjoy several benefits including offering players the opportunity to try (post lockdown) Geneva instruments, along with discounts on purchases and repairs. It will also bring practical help in the form of guidance from Geneva’s performance and development artists.

With no band rehearsals taking place due to COVID-19, Verwood Concert Brass has already taken advantage of the artist support on offer, as Ian Harris, principal euphonium at Verwood Concert Brass and the committee member who fostered the partnership with Geneva, explained: “We have been looking at ways of keeping the 100 or so members of the Verwood Concert Brass organisation engaged during the lockdown and like most bands, we have been busy making some virtual band videos. However, through our partnership with Geneva, the opportunity arose to try out Zoom video conferencing to allow our players to see and hear one of their performance and development artists, the fabulous euphonium player Glenn Van Looy.

“Glenn was brilliant, giving lots of hints and tips, with practical demonstrations on his euphonium and holding a Q&A session at the end. This went down so well we are taking advantage of holding further sessions with a few more of Geneva’s artists, namely Eb bass aficionado Joe Cook and cornet supremo Richard Marshall, with no doubt more to come. It has been a real boost to the band having the support of Geneva Instruments.”

Brett Baker, general manager at Geneva Group, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Verwood Concert Brass into our select group of partner bands. The organisation has already utilised Glenn Van Looy in the form of an online workshop and we look forward to working more closely with everyone when restrictions are lifted.”