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Prized trum­pet finds new home

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - War­ren Hately

The Mar­garet River Con­cert Band have wel­comed the gift of an his­toric trum­pet — and now they’re on the hunt for some­one to play it.

Vet­eran St John Am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Sally Izod re­cently gave her fa­ther’s cher­ished trum­pet to the band.

Her fa­ther Jim was a World War II sol­dier and mu­si­cian who played on the same stage as the famed Glenn Miller Orches­tra — Miller and his gen­er­a­tion hav­ing pi­o­neered the big-band sound.

Af­ter her fa­ther suc­cumbed to Alzheimer’s at age 90, the prized trum­pet passed to his daugh­ter.

“Even though he was not sure at that stage who I was, I only had to hum a tune and he would re­mem­ber it,” Ms Izod said.

“He also re­mem­bered all his key­board skills and was able to as­sist me with my lim­ited key­board skills.

“The joy he got from this was amaz­ing.

“I was left at this stage in charge of Jim’s beloved and ex­tremely well-cared-for trum­pet.

“I now hand this over with great pride and I hope who­ever uses it gets as much fun and laugh­ter as my fa­ther got from learn­ing and play­ing this in­cred­i­ble in­stru­ment.”

Con­cert band pres­i­dent Tony Barugh said the troupe were deeply hon­oured to wel­come the trum­pet into the fold.

“The band very much ap­pre­ci­ates the thought, and the em­pa­thy we have for her, know­ing the trum­pet was her fa­ther’s, and it would go some­where where it would be ap­pre­ci­ated,” he told the Times.

Mr Barugh said the gift was “very emo­tional”.

The con­cert band are now look­ing for a new re­cruit to take ad­van­tage of the trum­pet as well as a re­cently ac­quired flute.

“We’re hop­ing there’s some­one in town who knows how to play it and wants to get in­volved,” Mr Barugh said.

The band has gigs com­ing up dur­ing spring and sum­mer.

Look for Mar­garet River Con­cert Band on Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion.

Mar­garet River Con­cert Band pres­i­dent Tony Barugh with the prized trum­pet, do­nated by Sally Izod.

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