Four years ago Barmy Army trumpeter Billy Cooper was arrested and tossed out of the Gabba. This time around he will be afforded special treatment when the Ashes gets underway on Thursday.

In the 2006-07 Ashes series Cooper was midway through his first tune, a rendition of Neighbours - a well-known Australian soap opera - when he was arrested and thrown out of the ground.

"That's what will get you arrested," Cooper told the Sydney Morning Herald after repeating the Neighbours theme at a pre-Ashes lunch before Thursday's series opener.

"That's about as far as I got when a policeman was tapping me at my shoulder four years ago."

Cricket Australia recognised their error in the last Ashes series and this time around have ensured that Cooper and his Barmy Army following are given right royal treatment. The well known trumpeter will be the only person among 39,000 fans allowed to handle a musical instrument inside the ground.

"He's really popular and brings a lot to the game as long as he's not sitting next to you and blowing his trumpet seven non-stop," commented CA communications manager Peter Young.

While Cooper and the Barmy Army's extensive repertoire boasts songs for most of the players on either team - including "Superman" for Kevin Pietersen and the Rocky theme "Getting Stronger" for Stuart Broad - co-founder of the Barmy Army Paul Burnham is adamant that there will be silence for Aussie bowler Mitchell Johnson.

Barnham admitted that Johnson, who failed to impress in the Ashes series in England last year, is the Australia player who most worries the Barmy Army.

"With Mitchell Johnson, we will be going completely quiet when he bowls," said Burnham.

"We don't want to wind him up because he could be the difference between the sides.

"He is the one we are most worried about, he has a got a lot to prove after 2009."