Can’t wait for the summer season at Ellerslie to start with my first race meeting on October 26th. For the third season I have been given the task of starting each race sounding the “Call to Post” as the horses enter the birdcage at Ellerslie. This is always a fun and popular day out and this year I have had a new red coat made so I’m looking smart for the cameras and TAB Trackside! I will be featured at ten meetings between now and early March 2020. The team there are just wonderful to deal with, everyone involved is so nice and the added bonus is that my sponsors EDWARDS Sound, are responsible for helping me sound so sweet around the stands. More importantly they are also responsible for advising me when to start playing, so we don’t alarm the beautiful horses. That is never going to happen as you are always in good hands when EDWARDS are in control!


Along with all the corporate, private and club functions I will be appearing at, I will also be performing on selected dates at Royal Oak Mall. The dates will be advertised on Eventfinder, at the mall and on my John McGough Trumpeter/DJ/MC Facebook page. I will be tooting and singing my way through some jazz, blues, easy listening, rock n roll and Latin American favourites. Some Christmas Carols played John McGough style will also be intertwined between the hours of 11am to 1pm. It would be great to see you there while you shop for your Christmas bargains.

I love the live shows at the clubs and I have had some excellent nights with the dance floor full when the TRUMPETGUY is in action. Shows include the trumpet, flugel horn, singing and DJing my way through an excellent night of music. Notable nights have been at Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club, Birkenhead and Warkworth. Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club came up with an excellent idea of a “Great Gatsby” theme night. They promoted it very well with some cleverly designed posters and patrons just loved dressing up and getting their swing on to my music. Why not think of this idea for your club? Now is the time to book for 2020. There are many options we can provide to bring my show to your town or club.

My CD “Two Shades of Brass” is selling well after its re-release. All 18 tracks are included as well as two bonus tracks. The only way you can hear the full CD anywhere else is on an Air New Zealand international flight. It was selected as a feature on their inflight entertainment menu. The CD is priced so everyone can enjoy my music. You can buy your copy by emailing me or visiting the contact and shop menu on this website.

Just $10 plus postage and packaging.

To finish I would like to give a quick congratulation to some musicians and entertainers that have had a wonderful year. In July this year Hamilton hosted the New Zealand Brass Band Championships and once again Wellington Brass took out the premier event. The solo prize was awarded to Toby Pringle a young man with exceptional talent. He won the New Zealand Solo Champion of Champions event on the cornet. To achieve this, you have to be a brass band guru. Well done Wellington and Toby. Toby also happens to be a member of Wellington Brass so double the celebration for him.

Congratulations to many for being acknowledged for their talents at the recent Variety Artist Club of New Zealand Awards. Country music star Dennis Marsh took out the major award of the night, the prestigious Benny Award. Dennis is the fourth country music star to win the Benny in as many years. They are certainly doing things right down at the OK Corral! The Agnew Award for Excellence was won by Andre Vegas. An incredible magician known to many of you. Andre, his wife Adriana and I have become good friends. We have appeared in shows together, I have hired them for a few events and they have helped me add some sparkle to my own show. They are such lovely people. The Agnew Award is given for professionalism and excellence. Andre and Adriana are all that. Good friends Gary Brown (aka Austin Powers), Colin Paris and Linda Luxford picked up awards. Others honoured for their own contribution to variety entertainment included names such as Six 60, Neil Finn, Jodi Vaughan, Mitch James, Urzila Carlson, The Dust Palace, Michael Galvin, Oscar Kightley and Rima Te Wiata MNZM.

I have been the MC twice at these prestigious award evenings and they never disappoint. This year the crowd were treated to the bubbliest sales celebrity, MC and host, Suzanne Paul.

Enjoy the rest of your year. Let’s start planning 2020. I want to party at your party!

Until next time…

Bye Bye from the TRUMPETGUY.

John McGough