Tim gets a big musical break at Games
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
TIM Opstelten has been in train- ing his whole life for his big break.
And it will finally become a reality when he marches onto the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on March 19.
But he won't be marching with the Australian athletes. Instead, he will have his trumpet in hand to provide the entertainment for millions of viewers worldwide.
The 15-year-old has been se- lected as a member of the band which will perform the national anthem and other Australian songs during the opening cere- mony.
Tim said he was extremely ex- cited about playing at the event.
Although for many, meeting sporting stars would be the main attraction, Tim just couldn't wait to play in front of the massive crowd.
'I love playing for the big crowds, the adrenalin rush is amazing,' he said.
'I have never been to Mel- bourne and being at the MCG, and playing at the opening cere- mony will be sensational.'
Tim has been playing the trumpet since he was five years of age.
'I started playing in primary school when the teacher came around asking us if we would like to take up an instrument,' he said.
'I've just kept on playing and I now play for Gladstone Munic- ipal band and the Gladstone State High School bands.'
Tim said he came across the games, after his conductor handed him a sheet to nominate.
'I signed up and they had asked me to come along,' he said.
Tim said he started rehears- als from March 9 to 12 with the rest of the band.
'We have four-hour sessions so we can learn to play together before the opening night,' he said.
Tim said he was hoping to meet some big sporting stars.
'I would love to meet swim- ming stars Ian Thorpe and Mi- chael Klim,' he said.