Co-Principal Trumpet Mike Allen writes about the trumpet section’s close encounter with the UEFA Champions League trophy last week:
The Northern brass player is a bit stereotyped and here at the RPO, the trumpets are all from way north of Watford Gap! I’m the southerner of the section hailing from Todmorden in Lancashire and so I grew up as a brass bander and a passionate Manchester United fan. You can imagine my delight when a call from the RPO office asked if the trumpets could play the fanfare for UEFA’s official party at the Roundhouse in Camden the night before the Champions League final. The four trumpeters sounded a fanfare from our vantage point right next to the famous trophy to kick off the festivities. We all had our photos taken with the trophy and I resisted the temptation to kiss it & tie my United scarf around it. I’d leave that to Rooney, Giggsy et al the following evening.
In the event, I got closer to the trophy than my beloved team. I’d raced home from our recording sessions the following day and got back in time for the match, but sadly we lost 3-1 to Barcelona. The trophy looked much bigger in the hands of Lionel Messi that it had the previous evening in Camden. To inspire Manchester United to play better I think we’ll have to blow louder next year!!!