<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: Barmy Army's famous trumpeter banned from playing in 1st Test" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130706220752.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: Barmy Army's famous trumpeter banned from playing in 1st Test" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Billy Cooper (centre) is a professional musician who is a part of the Barmy Army © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: </strong> <strong>Jul 6, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> A familiar sound associated with the <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> cricket team is set to be missing during next week's <a href="/tags/The-Ashes/post" target="_blank">Ashes</a> opener in Nottingham after 'Billy the Trumpet' was effectively banned from playing at Trent Bridge.<br /> <br /> England star batsman <a href="/tags/Kevin-Pietersen/post" target="_blank">Kevin Pietersen</a> took to Twitter on Saturday to say the move was a "DISGRACE".<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Billy-Cooper/post" target="_blank">Billy Cooper</a>, a professional musician, has become a fixture with the '<a href="/tags/Barmy-Army/post" target="_blank">Barmy Army</a>' group of supporters, who follow England home and away, with his well-judged interludes — a few bars of the 'Great Escape' when the team is fighting a rearguard action for example — becoming popular with spectators.<br /> <br /> But Cooper took to Twitter on Friday to say he wouldn't be performing, as things stood, when the first Test starts at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> "Just to clarify that @TrentBridge have said I can't play at the 1st test. Disappointed. Gutted," Cooper tweeted on his Twitter handle @billbarmytrump.<br /> <br /> England spinner <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a>, followed by wicketkeeper <a href="/tags/Matt-Prior/post" target="_blank">Matt Prior</a>, both backed Cooper's cause with a retweet saying: "We just want to get behind @Swannyg66 @MattPrior13 @JimmyAnderson9 & the boys #LetBillyBlowhisTrumpet" we want him."<br /> <br /> Pietersen weighed in by criticising a "stupid decision".<br /> <br /> He added: "Absolute DISGRACE that Trent Bridge have stopped our very vocal '12th man' @billbarmytrump from playing at 1st Ashes Test!"<br /> <br /> However, a Nottinghamshire spokesman said on Saturday there were no plans to change the county's policy, which was in force in 2005 when England just held their nerve to beat Australia in a dramatic Ashes Test.<br /> <br /> "It is not personal against him or his trumpet," he said. "It is just a long-standing policy position. There is no chance of a change of mind."