Trumpeter plays for the Queen
Palmerston North’s resident ‘boogie woogie bugle boy’ is off to London to visit the Queen.
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.
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.
Trumpeter Tim Cook in his usual bugle-blowing attire.