Brass Fusion’s leader, Martin Buss, did the double this month by winning top prizes in two solo competitions.
Trumpet and cornet player Martin won the air and variation sections of the online competitions with his performance of Concert Etude by Alexander Goedicke.
The famously challenging piece has been described as “relentless” and “rally driving for cornets”.
Martin said of his wins:
“There’s life in the old boy yet!
“I was really chuffed with results as it’s been some years since I entered a solo competition.”
The first result to come in was in the Return of the Solo Contest, organised by Mid Sussex Brass Band. It was judged by the leading trombonist Brett Baker, and attracted more than 50 entries, raising £500 for the National Autistic Society.
The second result was in the solo contest organised by the West Midlands Brass Bands Association. The open air varie section was judged by Brendan Caddy, musical director of the Kibworth Band in Leicestershire.
Martin and his wife, Sian, founded Brass Fusion in Henfield in West Sussex, in 2010.
The group now performs across southern England at concerts, parties, receptions, weddings and prom nights. It had been planning to mark the 10th anniversary in 2020 with a tour and a series of special events.
The celebrations were postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Brass Fusion put together a virtual lockdown concert and Martin posted weekly recordings on social media of brass favourites in which he played all the parts.
Brass Fusion is now preparing to get back on the concert stage as soon as the restrictions lift. Event details here.