Berryman and Virtuosi GUS Band Celebrate

80 Years in the Making

Virtuosi GUS Band


2013 marks the 80th anniversary of Virtuosi GUS Band. Anniversaries are a way of marking significant milestones and symbolic moments in time. They are a way of celebrating achievement, they are a time of reflection and consideration, looking back at the past but also looking forward to the future. Milestones such as this one do not occur without considerable commitment and dedication by those who devote themselves wholeheartedly to the cause.

There can be no finer example of this than John Berryman, who, in October 2013, relinquishes his position as Musical Director after no less than 54 years’ association with Virtuosi GUS Band. Joining the band at the age of 18, within a year he had been appointed principal cornet. Since that time, Berryman enjoyed two successful terms as Musical Director and one as Resident Conductor.

For all the tangible success that Berryman has brought to the band, it is in the less obvious areas that he will perhaps be best remembered. What remains incalculable is the guidance and encouragement that he has shown to the numerous players who have come under his wing. This recording, then, as well as being a celebration of the band’s 80th anniversary, is also a fitting tribute to John Berryman and all he has achieved with the band during his long association.


1 Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (J. S. Bach, arr. Mark Freeh)   8:36
2 Jealousy (Jacob Gade, arr. John Iveson) Peter Collins and James Fountain (trumpets) 4:38
3 Cantus Lacrimosus (Karl Jenkins, arr. Andrew Wainwright)   3:55
4 Themes from Silverado (Bruce Broughton, arr. Gareth Green)   4:19
5 The Harmonious Blacksmith (G. F. Handel, arr. Keith Wilkinson) Mark Giles (euphonium) 5:03
6 And the Winter Moon Rises (Andrew Baker)   4:03
7 Blackfriars (Eric Cundell, arr. Frank Wright)   11:17
8 Galop from Masquerade Suite (Aram Khachaturian, arr. Andrew Wainwright)   2:50
9 Ballad from Concertino for Flügelhorn (William Himes) Thomas Fountain (flügelhorn) 5:15
  Contest Music (Wilfred Heaton)    
10       I. Allegro   4:13
11       II. Molto adagio   5:24
12       III. Vivo   4:53