The GUS Band has been busy planning for its 90th anniversary celebrations in 2023 with a busy schedule of events to acknowledge its proud history, as well as taking steps to secure its future.
The band want to ensure that both they and the local community evolve in such a way that they are still thriving in another 90 years — both musically and environmentally.
Chairperson, David Elliot-Smith told 4BR: "In order to sustain as an organisation, we need to consider our environmental impact and what measures we can take to play a small part in global sustainability."
The band will use the 90th anniversary to help raise awareness about the environment and the small things everyone can do to make a positive impact on the planet — including at this weekend's Brass in Concert Championship.
Several initiatives have been put in place to reduce their carbon footprint, including holding all meetings online instead of at their Northampton-based rehearsal space. Their travel footprint to concerts and contests, including Brass in Concert is also reduced by their members car-sharing, and where possible arranging coach transportation.
The band have big plans for 2023 for their environmental campaign, including looking at what further changes they can make to reduce their own carbon footprint, as well as partnering with organisations to help and support the environment.
In order to sustain as an organisation, we need to consider our environmental impact and what measures we can take to play a small part in global sustainabilityChairperson, David Elliot-Smith
They have also already begun collaborations with the Northants Little Wombles community action group to help promote a litter free Northamptonshire.
The band plan to use their musical platform to raise awareness about the environment, with their performance at Brass in Concert entitled, 'Our Planet', which will be directed by Leigh Baker, and which will feature several works focusing on the earth's natural beauty and what we can do to protect it.