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3 June 2018
BRASS FUSION  at Rottingdean Terraces

Montage of photos from BRASS FUSION's Rottingdean Terraces concertBRASS FUSION once against brought beautiful weather to Rottingdean for the group's Sunday concert.

This was BRASS FUSION'S third visit to the restored seaside Terraces, along the coast from Brighton.

 Each time, the group has played to enthusiastic audiences and scenes more like the Mediterranean than the South Coast.

This year's programme included an entertaining mixture of swing, pop and traditional.

The numbers included Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, You can't Stop the Beat, Under the Boardwalk, Groovy Kind of Love and Uptown Funk.  

17-22 May 2018
BRASS FUSION on tour in Holland

BRASS FUSION on tourBRASS FUSION gave seven concerts in four days during a recent tour of the Netherlands.

The band played at the Weertenbergen holiday park, the Efteling Theme Park, outside restaurants in Weert and Maastricht, in the botanical gardens in Lieden and joined local bands for a formal concert in Ell.

Click here for more pictures from the tour  
23 April 2018
Driving Force  - BRASS FUSION CD now on sale


BRASS FUSION'S new CD is now on sale. The tracks reflect the varied range of BRASS FUSION'S repertoire, including swing, jazz, pop, classical and traditional brass. You can buy a copy for £10 at our concerts (click here to see where we're playing next) or for £11.50 by post. For payment details please contact    
Old, New, Borrowed Blues
21 April and 29 April 2018
Horley Baptist Church and Henfield Parish Church

BRASS FUSION at Horley Baptist Church

BRASS FUSION teamed up with the Bothy Singers for two concerts on consecutive Saturdays featuring mustic that was old, new, borrowed and bluesy.

The programme included joint numbers, such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, along with band pieces ranging from Charpentier's Te Deum  to Uptown Funk, by Mark Ronson, and Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn.

Euphonium solist, Paul Labus, brought the house down with his performance of the gypsy dance, Czardas, by Vittorio Monti, and the concert closed with the band and singers joining together for a piece that combined Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out of A Hero and music from Phantom of the Opera.

Thanks to Henry Godwin for compering the concerts and Paul Seaman for photos from the Horley concert.

Montage of pictures from Old, New, Borrowed, Blue at Horley Baptist Church
12 December 2017
Christmas music at St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

Christmas Carols, Burgess Hill A small group from Brass Fusion provided Sounds of Christmas as people arrived
for The Burgess Hill Girls School carol service at St Andrews Church, in Burgess Hill.
10 December 2017
BRASS FUSION Christmas Concert, Henfield

BRASS FUSION Christmas concert traditionally has a dramatic start and this year was no exception with green smoke and dinosaur images to accompany  the theme to Jurassic Park. The varied programme also included Phileas Fogg, the story of Around the World in 90 Days, narrated by Henry Godwin. Henry also returned to join the band to sing Stars from Les Miserables. There was also an entertaining selection of Christmas music to round off the concert. Special thanks to Trevor Smith for compering the event.
Christmas Concert 2017 montage  

7 December 2017 2017
Christmas Starts Here, Henfield

Christmas Starts Here posterIn traditional style, BRASS FUSION marked the start of Christmas in the West Sussex village of Henfield
by helping residents raise money for St Barnabas House hospice. A small group accompanied the carols
 at this ever-popular annual event and entertained the audience with Christmas music..
11 November 2017

Sian and Martin Buss represented BRASS FUSION  in Henfield on remembrance day.
The founders of the group played the last post and reveille at the village's 11am service at the war memorial
28-29 October 2017
Burgess Hill

BRASS FUSION spent the week recording numbers for a forthcoming CD. It is expected early 2018 and will be called Driving Force, after a piece by David Hughes, the resident composer, who died in the summer. Special thanks to: Estelle Flood, who directed the band; Melodie Hornett, for her vocal feature; and the team from KMJ Recording.

Brass Fusion recording October 2017
10 September 2017
Henfield Church

BRASS FUSION in Henfield Church for the fair in aid of Family Support
Squally showers sent BRASS FUSION undercover for the final job of the summer season. But despite cool winds outside, there was a warm reception for the group's mini-concert at the fair in aid of Family Support in Henfield Parish Church.

The programme included appropriate numbers, such as Singing in the Rain and the Weather Girls' hit, It's Raining Men, as well as favourites more appropriate for the promised Indian summer, such as Dancing on the Seashore, Hawaii Five-0 and Caravan.

BRASS FUSSION is now working towards a CD recording in the autumn. More news on this coming soon. 

3 September 2017
Eastbourne Bandstand

Brass Fusion on Eastbourne Bandstand

BRASS FUSION's loyal audience braved wind and showers on Eastbourne seafront and was rewarded with a toe-tapping afternoon of entertaining music.
The concert opened in BRASS FUSION style with five members of the group marching through the audience playing the jazz classic Just a Closer Walk.

The group paid tribune to its composer, David Hughes, who died this summer, by playing three of his numbers: Beethoven's Teenage Son, a musical joke on Beethoven's famous  themes, the brass band march Flourish and the beautiful flugel solo, Why, performed by Andy Hodges.

 The programme also included  the Kenny Baker solo Mission 459 with soloist, Martin Buss, the trumpet feature My Favourite Things, and film hits Gonna Fly Now from Rocky, and You and Can leave Your Hat On, from The Full Monty. Martin was also joined by wife, Sian, on sousaphone and daughter Amy on cabasa for the Drifters' hit Underneath the Boardwalk.

Special thanks to Trevor, BRASS FUSION's new compere. 


Sian, Amy and Martin Buss playing Underneath the Boardwalk


13 August 2017
BRASS FUSION remembers David Hughes

David HughesIt is with great sadness that BRASS FUSION announces the passing of our friend and composer-in-residence David Hughes, who suffered a stroke earlier in May and died in hospital  on 2nd June at the age of 76.

 David lived in the South East of England for many years and was associated with several bands in the area, including working with Uckfield Concert Brass, Oxted, Horsham and Mid Sussex Brass as Musical Director.

Well known for his wit and enthusiasm, David was also a talented composer and arranger. His music can be found in many band libraries and his sublime arrangement of Ave Maria as a cornet section feature was recorded by Black Dyke on their CD ĎRevelationsí.

He spent the last 8 years of his life in Pattaya, Thailand, but he kept in close touch with his friends back in Britain and continued to write and arrange music for brass. He was kind enough to compose and arrange many pieces for BRASS FUSION.   

David will be laid to rest in a Thai funeral.The group will be forever indebted to David for his support, advice, wit, humour and continued contribution throughout the seven years of Brass Fusion's existence.  We will continue to perform David's music.

Sunday 2 July 2017
Strawberry Prom, St Helen's Church, Hove

BRASS FUSION entertained music-lovers at the Live Hangleton Festival for a Strawberry Prom. The audience enjoyed a programme of popular numbers and prom favourites divided by a strawberry cream tea. Special thanks to singer Aneesa Chaudhry, who led the audience in the prom numbers, and to Mark Goodson for compering the concert. Photos: (Left) Martin Buss and Andy Hodges; (Centre) Sian, Martin and Amy Buss; (Right) Aneesa Chaudhry

Live Hangleton Festival
Sunday 25 June 2017
Proms in the Park, Henfield

Henfield Prom 2107
BRASS FUSION saw its best-ever audience for Proms in the Park, now a favourite event of the Henfield summer.

This year was a particularly poignant occasion. The group said goodbye to compere, Brian Grindall, who is moving to Scotland.

The programme also included three pieces by composer-in- residence, David Huges, who died a few weeks ago. The most moving was David's flugel solo, Why?, played beautifully by Andy Hodges.

Special  thanks to mezzo soprano, Sidonie Winter, for the James Bond numbers, Skyfall and Nobody Does it Better, and for leading the singing in the traditional Prom-night numbers.

BRASS FUSION also sends its thanks and best wishes to Brian and his wife Amanda for their exciting new life.

Pictured below: Sian Buss on sousaphone (left), Sidonie Winter (centre) and Martin Buss on posthorn (right)
Sian BussSidonie WinterMartin Buss
Saturday 24 June 2017
Wedding celebration, Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill weddingBurgess Hill wedding

BRASS FUSION  was delighted to provide the music for a special couple as they celebrated their wedding at mid-summer.
1 May and 4 June 2017
Private parties, near Islip

Private party in Sussex
BRASS FUSION brought the sunshine when the group entertained guests at two private parties in beautiful spring Sussex countryside.
Saturday 29 April 2017
Night at the Movies, Horley Baptist Church

Horley Baptist ChurchBRASS FUSION went to the movies again in April for the second in a series of concerts of film and TV music, combined with a quiz night.

An enthusiastic audience at Horley Baptist Church gave the group a very warm reception for the programme of much-loved hits and theme tunes.

New for this concert was Kevin Hughes' soprano cornet solo Live and Let Die and Sian Buss on sousaphone for her feature in Under the Boardwalk, the title track from the 1980s teen romance.

BRASS FUSION was delighted to play 76 Trombones, from
The Music Man
, the all-time favourite of at least one member of the audience, and to end the evening to lots of applause with Hot Stuff from The Full Monty.

Special thanks as always to Brian Grindall for compering and to Pete McGovern for standing in on cornet.
Saturday 25 March 2017
Night at the Movies posterNIGHT AT THE MOVIES, Henfield Hall, Henfield

BRASS FUSION began a busy calendar of events for 2017 with a concert of music from film and TV combined with a quiz night.

The programme included the themes from Superman, Singing in the Rain, Star Wars, Skyfall  and Hawaii Five-O, along with favourites such as Sing, Sing, Sing (The Artist), My Favourite Things (Sound of Music), You Can Leave Your Hat On (The Full Monty) and Soul Bossa Nova (Justin Powers).

Special thanks to Brian Grindall for compering.
If you missed this concert, we'll be putting on another NIGHT AT THE MOVIES on Saturday 29 April 2017 at 7.30pm,  Horley Baptist Church, Court Lodge Road, Horley RH6 8RG. Tickets are £6 on the door.

Sunday 18 December 2016
Carols by Candlelight, St Andrew's Burgess Hill

Brass Fusion at ChristmasBRASS FUSION completed its Christmas performances by accompanying the carols at the beautiful candlelit service at St Andrew's Church.  The group also played a selection of Christmas music as the congregaton arrived. Special thanks to Julie Smyth for helping us out on cornet.

Sunday 11 December 2016
BRASS FUSION IN CONCERT, Henfield Hall, Henfield

concert opening for Death Or Glory

A striking opening has become a tradition at BRASS FUSION Christmas concerts. This year there were gasps from the audience when the curtains opened to reveal the group dressed in miners' helmets and lamps playing Death Or Glory. The march became famous when it featured in the film Brassed Off, about the closure of a fictional colliery.
Andy Hodges  Rag and Bones Amy and Martin 

The concert featured another piece from the film, Concierto de Aranjuez, by Rodriguez, played for BRASS FUSION by Andy Hodges (pictured left). There were two new pieces by the group's  resident composer, David Hughes. His clever arrangements put together well-known themes from the work of Mozart and Beethoven in Sorry Mr Mozart and Beethoven's Teenage Son.

The audience were also treated to duets by Alf and Kevin Hughes (Pie Jesu) and Martin and Amy Buss (Eye Level) - pictured above right - and solos from Paul Labus (Endearing young charms) and Steve Smyth (Rag and Bones).

Special thanks to James, who stepped in at the last minute on bass trombone, and to Brian Grindall for compering the show.

Thursday 1 December 2016
Christmas Starts Here, Henfield Hall, Henfield

St Barnabas House hospice logo
BRASS FUSION again marked the start of Christmas in the West Sussex village of Henfield and helped residents raise money for St Barnabas House hospice. Five players from the group accompanied the carols at this ever-popular annual event. Martin Buss played the cornet solo, Kim, and the group played a festive number in between readings and performances by local singers.

Sunday 4 September 2016
Donkey Derby and Family Fun day, National Trust, Polesden Lacey
Brass Fusion at Polesden LaceyBRASS FUSION'S fun-packed programme for this favourite end-of-summer event got children dancing and the grown-ups tapping their feet.
The group's two sets, each of an hour, featured  music from film and TV, including the Rocky theme Gonna Fly Now, Adele's Skyfall, And All That Jazz from Chicago, the themes from Game of Thrones and Hawaii Five-O, and Eye Level, the music composed for the 1970's detective series, Van der Valk.
The programme also included many popular pieces from this year's repertoire, such as Donna Summer's Hot Stuff, David Bowie's Life on Mars, Penny Lane by Lennnon and McCartney, George Gershwin's Embraceable You and the brass band favourite The Floral Dance. 
Saturday 9 July 2016
School fete, Henfield

BRASS FUSION was delighted to be asked  to help St Peter's School in Henfield raise money at its annual summer fete, this year with a Rio Olympic theme. We're looking forward to returning next year.
Sunday 26 June 2016
Proms in the Park, Red Oakes, Henfield

Henfield PromRain failed to put a damper on BRASS FUSION'S annual prom concert in Henfield.

Despite clouds and the occasional shower, villagers and supporters from further afield turned out for what has become a highlight of the group's summer.

This year's programme opened with the A-team fanfare segueing into Concert Tune.
Paul Labus There were brass solos from Martin Buss (Lazy Trumpeter) and Paul Labus (pictured playing Benedictus).

The group also accompanied soprano Sidonie Winter in Misty and I Dreamed a Dream.
Sidonie returned at the end of the evening for Prom favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Special thanks to Dennis Martin for compering the evening.
Sidonie Winter
Sunday 5 June 2016
Eastbourne Bandstand

Brass Fusion on Eastbourne bandstand

The best day of the summer so far coincided with  BRASS FUSION's return to Eastbourne bandstand.
The group's afternoon concert attracted an enthusiastic audience, including new friends and many long-standing supporters. Among them were James Shepherd and David Pogson, of the legendary James Sheperd Versatile Brass, the group which inspired BRASS FUSION.

The afternoon performance opened with Concert Tune, by Jan Ceulemans, and included new pieces to the group, such as Life on Mars, Phantom of the Opera (arranged by leader Martin Buss) and Game of Thrones, as well as favourites from the repertoire such as All That Jazz and Embraceable You.

Special thanks to our compere, Brian Grindall.
Saturday 15 May 2016
Arundel Castle

Brass Fusion at Arundel CastleBRASS FUSION had a double first in May with the group's first performance at Arundel Castle and the debut of new drummer, Mark.
The group played in the dramatic shadow of the Bakehouse Tower to a steady stream of visitors.

The programme included highlights from this year's repertoire, including the opening numbers Concert Tune and Toccata along with the themes from Game of Thrones, Phantom of the Opera and the James Bond movies.   
Thursday 21st April 2016
Queen's 90th birthday celebrations
The Swan, Falme

BRASS FUSION at The Swan, Falmer, for the Queen's 90th birthday celebratioins
BRASS FUSION was delighted to return to the The Swan pub in Falmer to help villagers celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
The group's programme of entertaining English music included a specially-arranged piece by resident-composer David Hughes which combined Happy Birthday and the National Anthem.
The event also saw the debut for bass guitarist Ben and the first public use of BRASS FUSION's new concert stands, donated by the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.   
Monday 22 February 2016
Music-making week
Burgess Hill Girls

Brass instruments
BRASS FUSION brought the world of brass music to life for pupils at Burgess Hill Girls school.
The group opened the school's Music-making week with a concert featuring pieces from classical to pop.
Sian Buss, the group's bass player and the peripatetic brass teacher at  the school, introduced the range of instruments in BRASS FUSION from the tiny piccolo cornet to the E flat bass
Sunday 20th December 2015
Carols by candlelight
St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

BRASS FUSION's busy Christmas calendar ended with the beautiful carol service at St Andrew's Church, now a hugely popular local event. The group played a selection of Christmas music to greet the congregation and accompanied the carols, which had been specially arranged for the service. Special thanks to Ben Day for helping us out on cornet and piccolo trumpet.
Saturday 19th December 2015
Christmas at Polesden Lacey, National Trust
Nr Dorking, Surrey

Santa hat
On the final Saturday before Christmas, BRASS FUSION got National Trust visitors in the festive mood. The group played an afternoon of Christmas music in the packed Dairy Courtyard at Polesden Lacey.    
Sunday 13th December 2015
BRASS FUSION Christmas Concert
Henfield Hall, Henfield

Opening number of Brass Fusion Christmas Concert
Paul Lovatt-Cooper's Home of Legends made a dramatic opening to the BRASS FUSION Christmas Concert. And for the first time, the group included timpani and electric guitar in some of the numbers.
Alfie Hughes playing Scarborough FairThe programme featured the best from BRASS FUSION'S 2015 repertoire along with many festive favourites.

There were also solos from Alfie Hughes (Scarborough Fair, pictured right, and Christine Nonoo (Black Sam) and duets by Martin Buss and Andy Hodges (Teleman for Two) and Martin Buss and Ruth Hayhurst (Don't it make your brown eyes blue).

Thanks to Brian Grindall who compered the concert and also bought Home of Legends for the group, and to Mark Goodson and Nick Hollick on percussion. Thanks and welcombe to Ben Godwin, who joins the group on bass guitar.

Thursday 3rd December 2015
Christmas Starts Here
Henfield Hall, Henfield

Christmas Starts Here fanfare with Sian and Martin Buss and daughter AmyBRASS FUSION'S Sian and Martin Buss and their daughter Amy launched the Christmas season in Henfield with the opening fanfare at the village's popular Christmas concert in aid of St Barnabas Hospice. Other members of the group joined to accompany carols and for a slection of Christmas music.   

Sunday 28th November 2015
Festive Concert by BRASS FUSION and The Bothy Singers
Holy Trinity Churcy, Hurstpierpoint

Bothy Concert poster
BRASS FUSION'S joint concert with the Bothy Singers has already become a key event in the festive calender, marking the beginning of advent.
The groups performed a mix of Christmas music with popular numbers from their 2015 repertoires. 
BRASS FUSION'S sets included Radetzkiana, a swung arrangement of the Radetzki March, and the rock version of Bach's Toccata in D Minor.
The Bothy Singers' opened with the James Bond theme Skyfall and closed with one of their favourites, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
The groups combined for the final number Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, made famous by The Andrews Sisters.
Many thanks to Brian Grindall who compered the concert.
Saturday 7th November 2015
Christmas Fair

Brass Fusion at Christmas Fair
BRASS FUSION entertained early Christmas shoppers in the Grandstand at Brighton Racecourse.
This was a new event for BRASS FUSION and the group was able to make full use of the Sounds of Christmas book, which arranges traditional festive music in the style of marches, waltzes, calypso and ragtime. 

Saturday 12th September 2015
WI Centenary Celebrations

WI Centenary Badge
BRASS FUSION was proud to help West Sussex women celebrate 100 years of the WI.
The group accompanied WI members from across the county in a two-hour show marking highlights from the past century through music, sketches and monologues.
BRASS FUSION played music from across the decades, including Keep The Home Fires Burning, Run Rabbit Run, Fly Me To The Moon, Things Can Only Get Better, Blue Moon, medleys of folk and Beetles songs, and, of course, Jerusalem  and Sussex By The Sea.  
Sunday 6th September 2015
Donkey Derby
National Trust, Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey audience
BRASS FUSION returned to Polesden Lacey for the National Trust fundraisiing event with a local Lions group. Two mini concerts wowed the vast crowds enjoying the sunshine on the lawns outside the house. The programe, which included Rise of the Phoenix, Hot Stuff, Penny Lane and Duelling Banjos set feet tapping among older members of the audience, and got children dancing alongside the players.

9th August 2015

Rottingdean Terraces

BRASS FUSIONíS entertaining mixture of jazz, Latin, swing, blues, pop and rock had the audience dancing in the aisles at Rottingdean Terraces.

The fabulous weather and beautiful seaside setting helped to pull in an enthusiastic capacity crowd.

And after a concert including Down Bourbon Street, Marching the Blues, Barbie, Swing Low, Penny Lane, and Embraceable You, the audience didnít want to say goodbye.

Special thanks to compere, Brian Grindall, and to drummer Dave Stewert, playing his last concert as a member of BRASS FUSION.


12th July 2015
Eastbourne Bandstand

Sian Buss playing Happy HippoThe weather was gloomy but that didn't put a damper on  BRASS FUSION or the audience at Eastbourne Bandstand for the group's Sunday-afternoon concert.

The new programme of familiar music and pieces written specially for the group got feet tapping and hands clapping.

The varied band items were interpersed with solos from Martin Buss on cornet (Hejre Kati) and Sian Buss on bass (Happy Hippo) and the duet Dueling Banjos, featuring Martin and Paul Labus.

Driving Force, an original piece by BRASS FUSION's resident composer, David Hughes, got its bandstand debut, along with David's arrangements of Put Your Hand in the Hand and Swing Thing.

 Martin Buss and Paul Labus playing Duelling Banjos 

The programme also included Hot Stuff, Love Changes Everything, All That Jazz, Gangnam Style and Rise of the Phoenix.

Special thanks to Richard Slyman who compered the concert.








Saturday 4th July 2015
American-themed fete
St Peter's Primary School, Henfield

BRASS FUSION played a US-styled programme to entertain a sunny Independence Day fete at St Peter's Primary.

The group donned Stars and Stripes ties and hats to match the theme. 




Sunday 28th June 2015
Proms in the Gardens
Red Oaks, Henfield

Proms in the ParkBRASS FUSION'S prom night has fast become a top date in the Henfield calendar.

The popular mix of Proms night favourites and entertaining music pulled in big crowds again this year.

As usual, the evening featured local mezzo soprano, Sidonie Winter, who led the singing in Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

Thanks to Brian Grindall, BRASS FUSION'S resident compere.





 Saturday 27th June 2015
Henfield Church Fete

Shady picnicBRASS FUSION entertained visitors to Henfield Church Fete with three mini concerts from the group's 2015 repertoire.

During the second break, the players cooled off with a cream tea in the shade. 






Sunday 14th June 2014
Classic Car Show
Middle Farm

Car showA new audience and venue for BRASS FUSION.

The group played for the first time at the popular Classic Car Show at Middle Farm, between Lewes and Alfriston, in East Sussex.

One of the cars presented a perfect photo opportunity.  






Friday 10th April 2015
Crockstead Farm Hotel, Halland

BRASS FUSION play for wedding at Crockstead Farm HotelBRASS FUSION was delighted to be part of a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Crockstead Farm Hotel.

 The group played Love Changes Everything for the arrival of the bride and Handel's ever-popular Queen of Sheeba for the departure of the happy couple.

The band also entertained guests as they arrived and during celebratory drinks.



21st December 2014
Candlelit Carols
St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

BRASS FUSION finished the Christmas season with the always popular candlelit service, which this year filled St Andrew's to capacity. BRASS FUSION played festive music as the audience arrived and accompanied the carols during the event.


14th December 2014
BRASS FUSION entertains Christmas Concert
Henfield Hall, Henfield

Brass Fusion on stageThis yearís BRASS FUSION Christmas show got off to a dramatic start with a driving drum solo followed by the opening to the TV classic, A-Team. Just when the audience were settling down for the next piece, trumpeters, Andy Hodges and Martin Buss appeared at the back of the hall and launched into Fanfare for a Common Man.  The programme continued to surprise with a mixture of virtuosity, novelty numbers, traditional Christmas music and hits from the charts.  Thanks to Brian Grindall for compering and Amy Buss for photography.


Martin Buss playing Buster Strikes Back

4th December 2014
Christmas Starts Here
Henfield Hall, Henfield

It has become part of Henfield tradition for BRASS FUSION'S Martin and Sian Buss, along with daughter Amy, to play a cornet fanfare to launch the village's annual Christmas Starts Here event.

This year was no different and, as usual, members of BRASS FUSION also accompanied the community carols and played a selection of festive music.

Martin, BRASS FUSIONís leader, played the cornet solo Buster Strikes Back and the cornet part in O Holy Night in a duet with mezzo soprano, Sidonie Winter.



30th November 2014
Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint

Joint concert with the Bothy Singers

BRASS FUSION and the BOTHY SINGERS joined forces for a concert marking the start of advent.

The programme included popular numbers from both groups' repertoires, a selection of festive music and a finale when singers and performers joined together for a specially arranged joint number combining Holding out for a Hero and the theme from Phantom of the Opera








2nd November 2014

JSVB and Brass Fusion

Martin Evans, musical director of James Shepherd Versatile Brass, led a workshop for BRASS FUSION members on swing technique. The two groups played through pieces from the previous night's concert by Versatile Brass and from BRASS FUSION'S repertoire. 





1st November 2014

BRASS FUSION hosted a concert by the world-famous 10-piece ensemble, the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

This was the first time the Yorkshire-based group had played in the south for more than 20 years and the audience at Uckfield Civic Centre was thrilled with the result. The group lived up to its reputation of virtuosity and the highest standards of technical proficiency and artistic musicality. The evening was also hugely entertaining. So it came as no surprise when the group won two standing ovations.

The programme combined a mix of well-loved favourites, such as Gershwin's Strike up the Band, with pieces specially-arranged by memnbers of the band, such as Chatanoog Choo Choo, Chicago and Warches and Maltzes (where marches were played in walze time and the walzes as marches). Solo features included The Flying Scot by cornet, Robert Westacott, Makin' Whoopee with bass trombonist Trevor Slade (pictured left), Dimitri with flugal David Pogson, and a stunning performance by tenor horn, Helen Varley, of the Finale from Haydn's cello concerto.

The second half opened with the jazz classic Just a closer Walk, took in The Nearness of You with trombone soloist Kevin  Holdgate, and Nothin' Like A Dame. The final number, Hava Nagila, got the audience on its feet way before the end. More pictures coming soon.  


21st September 2014

BRASS FUSION opened its debut concert at Eastbourne Bandstand with a bold riff from the theme to TV's The A-Team segueing into Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for a Common Man.

Brass Fusion at Eastbourne BandstandThe 90-minute show, selected from the group's wide repertoire, ranged from traditional favourites such as Amazing Grace, to the vurtuosity of the Harry James Trumpet Concerto, played by Martin Buss. The programme included Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favourite Things, Enya's Watermark, played by Paul Labuson on euphonium, Gershwin's Embraceable You and Lady Gaga's Bad Romance

The audience were delighted by the teddy that appeared from the bell of a tuba during Bear Necessities, (soloist Sian Buss) and the knock-about humour during Steve Smythe's feature, The Laughing Trombone.

The concert closed with two of BRASS FUSION'S most popular swing numbers, Sing, Sing, Sing and New York, New York.  Many thanks to Brian Grindall for compering the concert with his usual professionalism, despite no working microphone.


  7th September 2014

BRASS FUSION played to hundreds of visitors relaxing in the sunshine at beautiful Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. The group's performance of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance got young members of the audience dancing and there was a special request from National Trust staff and volunteers for the Korean hit, Gangnam Style (which had wowed young families on BRASS FUSION'S first visit to Polesden Lacey). Kalinka, Sing Sing Sing and New York, New York also got enthusiastic applause.  


30th June 2014

Hundreds of music-lovers made their way to Red Oaks in Henfield for BRASS FUSIONíS proms and pimms evening. The event, compered by Brian Grindall, also featured mezzo-soprano, Sidonie Winter. The first half of the concert showcased solo performances by the band, including The Bear Necessities by Sian Buss on tuba, and special arrangements to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. The second half featured Proms Night favourites led by Sidonie, including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
Picture by Amy Buss.
More of Amy's pictures are on BRASS FUSION'S Facebook page



29th June 2014

BRASS FUSION gave Henfield's church fete a traditional flavour with two mini concerts
of modern and traditional favourites.
Picture by Barry Chaston






14th June 2014

Two hours of toe-tapping music from BRASS FUSION in Red Oaks gardens marked the end of day one of Henfield's annual arts and gardens festival. The group played a full programme of favourites, including Gershwin's Strike UP The Band, the theme to Hawaii Five-0, 76 Trombones, Acker Bilk's Strange on the Shore and  Enya's Watermark.

BRASS FUSION will be back in the village later this month for the fete and Proms in the Park.


8th June 2014

St Helen's and St Richard's Church, Hangleton

BRASS FUSION's lunchtime concert in the grounds of St Helen's and St Richard's Church, Hangleton, was part of the village's first music and arts festival. The group also played hymns inside the church for the Pentecost Mass, led by the Bishop of Chichester.



1st June 2014

The National Trust's Polesden Lacey House, near DorkingBRASS FUSION was the first band of the year to play at the National Trust's Easy Jazz Sunday events at the beautiful Polesden Lacey in Surrey. The band played two short concerts of swing, latin, blues and jazz numbers to an enthusiastic audience relaxing on lawns in front of the house. BRASS FUSION is delighted to be returning for another date on Sunday 7th September, when we'll be playing from 1pm-5pm. 
Click for a video from our performance

12th April 2014

Giant inflatable Easter bunny in the grounds of Hever CastleBRASS FUSION launched the spring season at Hever Castle in Kent with three hours of entertaining music. The band performed for visitors enjoying the castle gardens, as well as a family of ducks and a very large Easter bunny.






30th March 2014
BRUNCH WITH BRASS, Henfield Hall, Henfield

Brass Fusion, Sidonie Winter and the audience at Brunch with Brass

BRASS FUSION treated the mums of Mid-Sussex to a relaxing Mother's Day morning of easy-listening music, good coffee and tasty muffins. The band again teamed up with local singer, Sidonie Winter, this time to perform entertaining favourites, such as Solitaire, On My Own, and We've Only Just Begun.

BRUNCH WITH BRASS, at Henfield Hall, also featured BRASS FUSION's regular compere, Brian Grindall, who delighted the audience with his famous Russian accent, used with great effect to introduce Kalinka.

22nd December 2013
CANDLE-LIT CAROLS, St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

BRASS FUSION's last performance before Christmas was to packed pews at the ever-popular candle-lit carol service at St Andrew's Church in Burgess Hill. The group played a festive selection as people arrived and accompanied the choir and congregation for the carols.




15th December 2013

BRASS FUSION'S Christmas concert is fast becoming famous for the surprise it springs on the audience. In previous years, there have been Mexican hats and introductions in Russian. This year's surprise came right at the beginning when the lights dimmed both in the hall and on the stage. A hush went round the audience as a deep and velvet voice spoke the words from the start of War of the Worlds. Then out of the darkness came the dramatic music of Jeff Wayne's The Eve of War.

This year, for the first time, BRASS FUSION also projected images onto the back of the stage to accompany the music. The  rest of the concert ran to form: the usual great mix of entertaining music, including solos from Martin Buss, Steve Smyth and Paul Labus, that got the audience tapping its toes. Thanks to Brian, our compere, for the deep and velvet voice and to Amy for the graphics.

5th December 2013


BRASS FUSION'S founders, Martin and Sian Buss, and their daughter Amy, began Henfield's popular annual carol concert in spectacular style with a rousing cornet fanfare. Later in the concert, Martin, again on cornet, performed an intricate duet with soprano, Sidonie Winter. The group also accompanied the community carols.

1 December 2013
WE THREE KINGS FESTIVITIES, National Trust, Polesden Lacey

BRASS FUSION launched the 2013 Christmas season with three mini concerts for visitors to the National Trust's We Three Kings Festivities at Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. The group played a mixture of the best from this year's repertoire, alongside carols and Christmas favourites. The most enthusiastic applause, though, was for the Korean hit, Gangnam Style. It was so popular with young families that we had to play it three times to satisfy demand.



30 June 2013
 PROMS IN THE GARDENS, Red Oaks, Henfield

Proms in the Gardens, Henfield

BRASS FUSION teamed up with opera singer, Sidonie Winter, to entertain over 400 people at a Proms night in Henfield. The concert, introduced by the band's resident compere, Brian, included Sing, Sing, Sing, used in the trail for The Artist, Summertime from Porgy and Bess and Arrival of The Queen of Sheba, by Handel. Sidonie led the audience in a flag-waving climax to the evening with the traditional Proms favourites Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia and the Pomp and Circumstance March No 1. A collection at the end of the concert raised money for local charities, Warren Playgroup, Henfield Youth Club and Hart. More pictures

 June 2013
 THE FAB FOUR: BRASS FUSION perform four concerts in June  

Proms in the Gardens at Red Oaks, Henfield

June promises the best of entertaining brass music, not once but four times, with BRASS FUSION's busiest month so far this year. The fun begins  on Sunday 9th June with a concert for Henfield Garden and Arts weekend. The event is 5pm-7pm in the gardens at Red Oaks.

On Sunday 23rd June, BRASS FUSION is at Rottingdean Terraces, starting at 2.30pm. The month ends with a double treat: a concert at Henfield fete on Saturday June 29th, followed by the grand finale, Proms in the Gardens at Red Oaks gardens, Henfield, at 6pm on Sunday 30th.

23 February 2013
 FUNDRAISING CONCERT, St Nicholas Church Hall, Saltdean

Brass Fusion in concert at Saltdean

Saltdean villagers were reluctant to let BRASS FUSION go home at the end of Saturday's entertaining concert. Despite an encore, the enthusiastic audience still shouted for "More!"  

The programme included lots of well-known favourites, including Lord of the Dance, Is this the way to Amarillo, and Summertime. The 2nd half opened with the theme to Hawaii Five O and the concert ended with Sing, Sing, Sing, which featured in the trailer for the hit film, The Artist.

  23rd December 2012
 WEDDING, Powder Mills Hotel, Battle

What a beautiful setting for Dave and Ashleigh's wedding.  The grounds of Powder Mills Hotel just needed a sprinkling of snow to complete the idyllic setting but it wasn't to be.  Flash floods delayed some of the relatives arriving but the group entertained, again using the new Christmas books, until the Service started.  A short break before playing to the guests again.  The highlight had to be Dave, in his smart Groom suit, along with his sister Helen, in her beautiful bridesmaid dress, both playing in the group.  The Christmas pieces were suited to this occasion perfectly.  Looking forward to welcoming Dave to the group in 2013.  A fond farewell to Mark and best wishes to him and his young family.

17th December 2012
CAROLS, Haywards Heath

Seven of the group headed over to Haywards Heath to entertain some of the residents of a retirement housing scheme.  It was a chance to play some more of the wonderful arrangements from the Sounds of Christmas books recently purchased.  The residents loved the music and plied the group with mulled wine and nibbles as a thank you.  It is really enjoyable to perform to such an appreciative audience.  

16th December 2012
CAROLS, St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill

Five of Brass Fusion played at St. Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill to accompany the choir and congregation.  Some of the group dashed over from another concert to have a quick run through before the Service.  A lovely buffet was provided by Steve's wife Julie who also played, along with Amy, as part of the brass group. The Service went well and a request for next year was made before we even left the Church!

9th December 2012
CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Henfield Village Hall

The hall was fairly full and the concert began with Pastime with Good Company.  The players walked on as their entry began and stood behind the chairs.  Once the whole group were playing, the percussion gave us a four bar solo to sit down and finish the piece. 

Brass Fusion in concert at Henfield

Ben was the first of our soloist and his rendition of Lazy Trumpeter was well received. 

Ben playing Lazy Trumpeter

'There wasn't a dry eye in the house' for Ruth's On My Own horn solo.  A presentation was made to Mark on drums just before our last piece of the first half.  He is leaving us to spend time with his young family but we hope it wont be the last time we see him.

Mark on percussion

Sian plays Tuba SmartiesThe opening of the second half was interesting.  The idea of entering in darkness was great, except that we hadn't allowed for the health and safety aspect of trying to find our seats!!!  We managed, just, and played the first Christmas piece with just stand lights and flashing pom poms on our santa hats.  Lights up and we continued the second half.  Steve was our next soloist with a great performance of Blue John. 

A few more festive and traditional pieces and it was time for our final soloist.  Sian played the comical bass solo Tuba Smarties, even her foot rest was covered in smarties paper! 

Finishing with a few more festive pieces the concert came to a close.  The audience were appreciative and the band happy with their performance.

It was then off to the local pub for a Christmas meal.  Shame it wasn't quite up to last year's standard but the Landlord was a great host.

Just a few small group carol jobs and a private wedding before the Christmas break.  Looking forward to some new music and engagements in the New Year.

6th December 2012

TA small group from BF played at the Henfield Carol Concert.  Martin, Sian and their daughter Amy opened the proceedings with a fanfare and then the group accompanied the congregation with the Carols.  The group opened the second half with Mid Winter and a few more carols through the evening.  The final piece was Martin and Sidonie joining forces for a Trumpet/Voice feature.  The audience seemed to appreciate all the 'acts' throughout the evening and it was an ideal opportunity to leave a few concert flyers on the chairs! 

2nd December 2012

Brass Fusion in concert at Hever CastleWell, they promised us heating and lighting and they were true to their word. What they failed to tell us was that the heating would only last for the first half and the lighting was one strip light over in one corner!!! Luckily we had taken our own stand lights and had all wrapped up with plenty layers. Lots of people wandering around the Castle grounds, beautiful lights on all the trees and hedges. The Castle lights, altering every few seconds, were lovely to see once the sun had gone down. A light dusting of frost made the atmosphere extra special. We managed to give some of our forthcoming Christmas concert pieces and airing and they seemed to be well received by the public. Hot chocolate during the break helped warm us up ready for the very chilly second half. Roads were icy as we headed home but we're all looking forward to our concert next Sunday.  

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