Frans Violet is preparing to make an air, sea and road dash for Hull - straight after leading Brass Band Willebroek in the defence of its European title in Stavanger this weekend. Frans, who led the Belgians to a stunning victory last year, with Martin Ellerby’s Elgar Variations as one of the tests, will hardly have time to draw breath before setting off for England to join up with the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band. He is set to arrive on Bank Holiday Monday, ready for an intensive week of rehearsals in preparation for the EYMS challenge at the Spring Festival in Blackpool. In an inspired move by the band, Frans has been brought in as the Senior Cup chosen work is the same Elgar Variations with which the top conductor has been so successful. After the announcements of the results in Norway, he will fly from Stavanger to Brussels, take a speedy taxi to his car at home - and then head for Rotterdam to catch the ferry to Hull. With him will be Jef Vermeiren, a front row player with Willebroek who is to be principal cornet on the day for EYMS as they look to move out of the Senior Cup and back into the Grand Shield after a two-year absence. Frans spent two nights in Hull with the band late last month to get to know the players at first hand after accepting the EYMS invitation to take them to Blackpool. Currently putting the band through its paces in readiness for Frans's arrival is Norman Law, the former Black Dyke trombone star. He is the second former Queensbury player to be associated with EYMS this year after Bob Childs, the Hull band’s founder, returned as special guest conductor to lead them to this year’s National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October, which will be the band 10th appearance in London in the past 13 years.