Live Musician

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Pic-2-568x500.jpg A former New Zealand National champion, John is now one of the country’s finest instrumentalist entertainers providing music on both Trumpet and Flugel Horn as well as vocals.

A former winner of both cornet and flugelhorn horn NZ solo championships, John has also been awarded for his talents as a professional entertainer winning a Scroll of Honour for his achievements in the New Zealand Entertainment Industry, the “Agnew Award” for Excellence in the New Zealand Entertainment Industry and the 2016-17 Top Musician of the Year, presented to him by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand.

John has competed twice in Holland at the World Brass Band Championships as a representative in the National Band of New Zealand. They were awarded 4th place in 2009 and an impressive 2nd place in 2017.

December 2020 John was invited to become an ambassador to the CarolBrass range of musical instruments and is proud to be performing with the CarolBrass Euro Trumpet, their Dizzy Pocket Trumpet as well as the Tailor Phat Puppy Compact Flugel Horn, also manufactured by CarolBrass.

John can perform as a featured act, provide back ground music, or music for dancing. Classic covers are performed from well known artists as well as the trumpet favourites from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Herb Alpert and Eddie Calvert. All played in a style that is very much John McGough. Take the time to view Johns credits on his profile page or the Wikipedia link on the home page of this site. He has toured worldwide, played in many of New Zealand’s major venues and can be accompanied (on request) by the sensational dance troupe Danceforce. Live shows also incorporate vocals. Music from Joe Cocker, The Commitments, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder are favourites with the crowd. John works with backing tracks making him much more economical to hire than a band. Click on the samples below for a preview of some of the tracks off Johns first album “Two Shades of Brass”. Both John’s first album and his new one, “Doin What I Do” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and now on all International Air New Zealand in flight entertainment menus.

Christmas with the TRUMPETGUY