In January 1933, Fred Felton called a Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph reporter to his factory to tell him: "We are going to form a band and we are going to aim high". Two years later the Munn and Felton Works Band were champions of Great Britain - and a brass band legend was born that has lived at the top for over 80 years.
Under the names of Munn and Felton, GUS (Footwear), The GUS Band, Rigid Containers Group Band, Travelsphere Holidays Band and now the Virtuosi GUS Band, the sound of Kettering brass has rung throughout Britain, Europe and America in concert halls, on television and radio and on records and CDs.
Thousands have applauded the band in concert, and the Midlanders have won six National titles, the British Open Championships twice, and the World Championship twice also. This success is still evident in the present day as the Band, under MD Adam Cooke, has now been crowned Midlands Area Champions for the last 4 years, and are also the current 2017 Butlin’s Mineworkers National Champions.
The band has celebrated over 80 years of outstanding music making, and continues a story which had its humble beginning in a small Northamptonshire shoe factory.
Nationals Contesting History
Appeared 11 times since 2000, an impressive 48 outings in total. Won 5 times, all between 1955-1966. Last time not at RAH was in 2012.
Flugel- Nick Mott
Solo horn - Nathan Waterman