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GUS and Youth Brass 2000 set for the stage

Thursday 11 November, 2021

The GUS Band and Youth Brass 2000 are to join forces for a major evening of music making in Corby.

Taking place on November 14, the organisations will perform in A Brass Explosion at The Core at Corby Cube.

The evening will be the latest example of a celebrated collaboration between the bands, which has been evident since the inception of Youth Brass 2000 back in 1989. Many players in Youth Brass 2000 have risen through the ranks and have gone on to play in The GUS Band, including 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.

Meanwhile, artistic director, Chris Jeans, became the Youth Brass 2000 conductor a week after the youth band started and has been at the helm ever since.

Commenting on the links between the two organisations, Chris said: “The relationship between GUS and Youth Brass 2000 is a win-win, with youth band players getting invaluable experience playing alongside a championship section band, and The GUS Band benefiting from a steady stream of young talent.”

Both bands have varied programmes to perform at the Corby Cube including a massed band performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Tickets are available at The Core website.

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