Happy New Year and all the best for 2019. Man it doesn’t seem that long ago I was playing in the Auckland Domain in front of forty thousand people in the “This is It” Millennium concert to bring in the year 2000! Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!

The show featured award winning actor Michael Hurst and it was wonderful to see both Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael pick up their Scroll of Honour for their achievements within the New Zealand entertainment industry at the Variety Artist Club of New Zealand Awards last October. A clever couple indeed!


Yet again the Variety Artist Club of New Zealand put on a fantastic awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Auckland and I was honoured to host the show for the second time. Some familiar names to you all were awarded for their talents with notable personalities such as Leighton Smith, Geoff Sewell, Jeremy Corbett, Jamie McDell, Marlon Williams, Halo the Band, Mike Walker, The Bradas Dance Crew and many other talented individuals all recognised for their marvelousness! The man of the moment was country music star Brendan Dugan. Brendon won the Benny Award, the big prize of the night and it was certainly well deserved following a number one hit last year on the Australian country music charts and a lifetime of exceptional performances both here and overseas. Brendon was one of three country music stars to win the Benny in as many years.

This show was just one of the many fantastic events I have been involved with over the back end of 2018. A year that has been the busiest for me for some time.

As well as all my chartered club gigs I:

  • Celebrated and performed for the Te Atatu Volunteer Firefighters Service Awards
  • Played at a packed concert on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast with the Vintage Brass
  • Appeared on 7 Sharp
  • Was a featured act at the Steampunk Festival in Thames
  • Hosted a presentation at Sky City Theatre
  • Performed at the Variety Artist Club of New Zealand’s Christmas variety show
  • Was guest artist at the Albany Singers concert (another full house)
  • Played New Year’s Eve at the harness races at Alexandra Park
  • Performed the “Call to Post” at six meetings before the horses entered the track in front of thousands of people for the Auckland Racing Club at Ellerslie.

All that, just in the last 3 months!

To keep up to date I would love you to join my Facebook page. The Facebook page will keep you informed and give you real time action to all the events I play at.

I’ll never forget the support I received from the Variety Artist Club of New Zealand and CTS Tours when I was successful in gaining selection in the 2017 National Band of New Zealand. We played Auckland, Hamilton, Hong Kong, Germany and the Netherlands. These tours are not only financially draining on the bands association, but to the players. Their support was certainly welcomed for my financial contribution to competing at the World Championships. This year it’s the National Youth Band of New Zealand’s chance to thrill audiences overseas, as they take on a tour to Queensland Australia. The band will also perform a farewell concert in Hamilton on the 20th of January and Cathy and I are looking forward to a weekend in the Tron to support these talented young musicians. I have been a financial friend of the National Youth Band of New Zealand for many years and you too can lend your support by becoming a friend of the band. You can give your support by contacting the National Youth Brass Band via the Brass Band Association of New Zealand’s website.

CTS Tours are the specialists in travel packages to China, Vietnam and Japan. This year is the China New Zealand Year of Tourism and lots of events are planned for the company. As part of my promotional work with this amazing company, I will be bringing potential clients up to date on The Breeze radio station, in a series of advertisements soon to air.

2019 is going to be a great year I just know it. One thing I love about the entertainment industry is that you never know what exciting things are around the corner. If you would like to keep me out of suspense you can contact me and book me for your next awesome function.

Chartered Club, corporate, restaurant, bar, garden bar, party, awards you name it. The Trumpetguy, singer, dj and MC is set to make your event a success.


Bye Bye from the TRUMPETGUY.

John McGough