Trum­peter plays for the Queen

Palmer­ston North’s res­i­dent ‘boo­gie woo­gie bu­gle boy’ is off to Lon­don to visit the Queen.

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

When the monarch’s of­fi­cial 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions take place in May, there will be a lit­tle piece of Palmy present at the party.

28 years af­ter leav­ing the New Zealand Army and its fa­mous band for the world of real es­tate, trum­pet player Tim Cook will be back wear­ing the band’s cer­e­mo­nial ‘reds’ when it per­forms in Lon­don for the Queen’s 90th.

‘‘On An­zac Day, I will be play­ing at Lin­ton Camp wear­ing my blue air­force uni­form. On April 26, I fly to Christchurch to swap my blues for the cer­e­mo­nial New Zealand Army Band reds and tra­di­tional lemon-squeezer hat, and a week’s train­ing learn­ing the band’s ex­ten­sive march­ing dis­play.’’

The band is renowned in­ter­na­tion­ally for its Ed­in­burgh Tat­too style per­for­mances.

‘‘We then head to the UK via Sin­ga­pore, which was my old base when New Zealand had a bat­tal­ion sta­tioned there, and ar­rive in Wind­sor to re­hearse for an­other week be­fore the mil­i­tary en­gage­ments start.’’

The band plays four con­sec­u­tive evening pageant per­for­mances, with Her Majesty in at­ten­dance on the fi­nal night.

‘‘As well as the birth­day spec­tac­u­lar, we’ll also be per­form­ing at the Royal Wind­sor Horse Show at the same venue be­hind Wind­sor Palace dur­ing the day.’’

Be­ing asked to take part in the his­toric birth­day ‘gig’, Tim says is a huge hon­our.

‘‘I love mu­sic, I love the mil­i­tary and it’s great to still be part of it 28 years later.’’

A mem­ber of the Manawatu Jazz Club’s Big Swing Band, Tim who learned his mu­sic while a stu­dent at Boys’ High, helped out the Army Band when it played in The Square last year dur­ing the an­niver­sary pa­rade for the Queen Alexan­dra’s Mounted Ri­fles. He is also a mem­ber of the New Zealand Vet­er­ans Band that played at Pass­chen­daele four years ago.

Last week, he played at Pro­fes­sor Glyn Harper’s Gla­dys Goes To War book launch at Col­lege Street Nor­mal School.

‘‘I’ve had a won­der­ful time as a sec­ond-rate trum­pet player – if you’re first-rate you make a liv­ing out of it," Tim laughs.

PHOTO SUP­PLIED

Trum­pet player Tim Cook, re­splen­dent in the New Zealand Army Band’s cer­e­mo­nial ‘reds’, will be a mem­ber of the band when it plays for Her Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth dur­ing the monarch’s of­fi­cial 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/ FAIRFAX NZ

Trum­peter Tim Cook in his usual bu­gle-blow­ing at­tire.

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