A student could be forgiven for blowing his own trumpet.

Tim Cooper, 17, from Thorpe Thewles, Stockton, has been invited to join the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

Tim, who has played a euphonium for nine years, is a sixth form student at Egglescliffe School and plays with the school band. He is also a member of the Tees Valley Youth Brass Band and the Murton Colliery Band.

He joined the national band for performances across the country last week.

"When I got the call through, I actually couldn't believe it," said Tim. "It didn't really sink in until we got on stage."

Tim was originally encouraged to play the cornet at school, but said: "I wanted to play brass - I think it was the whole big loud noise thing.

"My brother played the euphonium and obviously I wanted to follow in his footsteps."

Tim, who is taught by David Thornton, of the Black Dyke Band, hopes to become a professional brass player and teacher.

He aims to perform at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, with the Murton Colliery Brass Band, which has been invited to perform at the games and is seeking sponsorship.

Anyone who can help can contact band secretary Michelle Garbutt on (01429) 271463.

Published: 05/04/2005