Musical Director - Karl Busch

Karl started playing cornet at the age of 9 years old with the Dunchurch Silver Band who were in the 3rd Section.

At 14 years of age he auditioned and was accepted into the National Youth brass band and steadily progressed through the ranks over the next 4 years. He won the NYBB award trophy for the most improved player during this period.

At 15 years old he became principal cornet of the Dunchurch Band.

At the end of the NYBB tenure he was engaged as assistant principal cornet with the Shirley Band who were at that time in the Championship section. This position he held for about 2 years.

He then auditioned with the famous City of Coventry band (no longer in existence) and was offered the principal cornet position in the 'B' band or a place on the front row of the main band. He decided to take the front row seat of the well established Championship section band.

His tenure with City of Coventry lasted 19 years with many successes during that period, not least of all was winning the British Open in 1981.

He also played in the City of Coventry Quartet at the British Open solo and quartet championships and they won the title on three successive occasions. Later he became the conductor of the quartet leading them to three further wins at the same contest.

After leaving City of Coventry band he joined Desford Colliery band to stand in for one of the front row who was on a sabbatical for 6 months. At the end of this he accepted a 2nd cornet position with the band and stayed for two years.

Following this successful period he was offered the musical director's post with his old band at Dunchurch. He carried out this role for a period of 5 years at which point his job took him to West Yorkshire and he therefore had to relinquish this position.

Then living in Holmfirth he joined the Holme Silver band on the front row.

Karl moved back to the midlands and joined the Kibworth band in 2002 playing on the front row for a number of years and often standing in as conductor as and when needed.

The opportunity to play with the renowned Virtuosi GUS band came in 2012 and he enjoyed a period with them and their successes under John Berryman's direction and later with Adam Cooke. Whilst no longer formally connected with the band he often deputises at contests and concerts.