I am excited to advise that I have re-released my CD “Two Shades of Brass” in CD format. With the eventual closing of iTunes many have appreciated the re-release of the physical CD. It also has six additional tracks on the CD than the iTunes and Spotify version. But wait there’s more! It also includes two bonus tracks of my rendition of the “Last Post and Reveille”. It made sense to add these to the CD as I have had so many requests over so many years for a quality recording of the “Last Post” from RSA’s and those people having funerals for loved ones. This is an ideal way to have that oh so special bugle call played at your event, if the TRUMPETGUY is unavailable to play it live. I have been rather flattered to have had so many lovely comments both in writing and personally about my rendition of the “Last Post and Reveille” and to have it professionally recorded adds to the mystique of a bugle call that can move people to tears. “Two Shades of Brass” was recorded and produced by former Billy T James and John Rowles Musical Director Ben Gilgen. Ben, in my eyes and many others, is one of the most talented keyboard players New Zealand has produced and his creativity on the keyboard has extended to artist such as Ardijah, The Koi Boys, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and John McGough’s “Two Shades of Brass”


Kevin Crowe is also responsible for much of the live backing while my talented cousin Steven McGough produced and recorded some of the tracks. Trent Rule designed the cover with additional photography by Yida Song. Getting talented people like this working around you produces a CD that has certainly proven to stand the test of time. The only other way you can hear this CD in it’s full version is by flying internationally on an Air New Zealand flight, as it was picked up by them to be added to their in flight entertainment menu. An exclusive I am very proud of.

The best part of all this is the price! Just $10 plus postage and packaging and you can email me for your copy.

At the time of writing this letter bands are preparing for the National Brass Band Championships in Hamilton. I wish all my band friends the very best of luck. Hamilton certainly know how to host a brass event. Their care and attention to the National Band and National Youth Band concerts was one of the most hospitable I have witnessed. They also know how to promote an event and fill a theatre! The last time Hamilton hosted a National contest was also the very first contest I ever played in. 1979 was the year and I was a young leaner playing in the B Grade as a member of the Mt Roskill Municipal Band, now known as Auckland City Brass. It was an emotional contest as one of our members, not that much older than me at the time, was diagnosed with cancer a few months prior to the contest. While we played on stage, he was back in Auckland in hospital having an operation to amputate his leg to try and stop it spreading. Sadly forty years on, we still fight to stop this dreadful disease. The contest was an amazing experience for me and a chance to see the best of the best. We had one super star in our band that year the late Mike Ryan. I can remember my excitement when I was allowed to stay up late and listen to him compete against my teacher Vaughan McDonald in the Champion of Champions event at the Founders Theatre.

I think Mt Roskill finished about 5th which was an amazing achievement as we didn’t have many members and our claim to fame was that we beat our rivals from West Auckland New Lynn. The following year New Lynn went on to win the National B Grade title and by then I had jumped ship and experienced my first ever contest win with them. I am not attending the contest this year and it will be only the third I have missed in forty years. Music certainly turned out to be a lifelong love.

Lots of gigs and public speaking engagements coming up with my regular clubs, including two appearances at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club for the first time before the end of the year. They are presenting a Great Gatsby night featuring the TRUMPETGUY on the 16th August and I will be returning there on the 1st of November. The Auckland Trotting Club have confirmed a few dates to perform the “Call To Post” as the horses enter the track at Alexandra Park, which also includes their special meeting New Year’s Eve. Secure your tickets to enjoy their fine food,  beverages, hospitality and racing action as you see in 2020.

Wishing you the best for the second half of 2019 and I hope to be the entertainer of choice at your next event.                                       

Until next time…

Bye Bye from the TRUMPETGUY.

John McGough